Group Activity

The itslearning platform makes creating group assignments easier than ever before! 

Click Add → Assignment. Add a title, description, and deadline. To make it collaborative, check off the 'group activity' box. You have the option to create the groups for the students or allow students to create their own. 

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There are 2 options:

  • 'Students create groups': Students can freely create their own groups by inviting other students in the course
  • 'Use course group': These groups are usually predefined by the teacher.

The assignment can be changed into a group assignment (or vice versa) until there is at least 1 submission.

Students create groups

When students are allowed to create their own groups, they can invite other students to work together on the assignment.

Until the student has created a group - or has chosen to work alone (submit individually) - it is not possible to answer the assignment.

To create a group, students type in the name of the student(s) they want to collaborate with.

When saving the created group, invited members will get a notifications that they have been added to a group.

In the assignment itself, the group members are shown at the top of the page. It is now possible to start answering the assignment.

To add or remove members, a group member can click the Edit group button. This opens the same dialog as the one for creating the group. It is also possible to withdraw from a group.

Note that changing a group is currently only possible as long as there is no answer submitted.

Use course groups

With course groups, a student can submit using one of the existing course groups they are a member of. These groups are created and managed by the teacher.

Instead of 'Create your group', the assignment will show the button 'Select your group'. Clicking it will list all groups the student is a member of.

As long as there are no answers, the student can select another group - if available - or choose to submit the answer on their own.


When being added to a group, the student will get a notification (bell icon). The same happens when a group member withdraws from the group.

There is also a notification when a student submits an answer on behalf of the group.

And when an answer is saved as a draft

Assessing groups

In general assessing a group answer works in the same way as assessing individual answers. YThe teacher will be able to see the members of the group.

The assessment given on the answer will be given to all members of the group. It is currently not possible to give a different assessment for certain group members.

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