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Group Discussions

Group discussions allow you to create Canvas discussions where only a subset—say 5-12—of your students are able to interact with each other. This is useful when your course has more students than can easily interact on one discussion board or for group projects. You can keep the same groups for each discussion or change them throughout the term.


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Steps to Creating Group Discussions

STEP 1 – Set up Group Set(s)

First, you’ll need to set up your group set(s):

How do I add a group set in a course?

If you don’t want Canvas to randomly assign students to each group (as might be the case for group projects), make sure you next assign students to each group: 

How do I manually create groups in a group set?


STEP 2 – Create the Group Discussions

Once you’ve created and populated your group sets, you are now ready to set up your discussions themselves:

How do I create a graded group discussion in a course?



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