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Nicole
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Hi All,

I have two sections of Small Group Communication. Both sections are combined into one canvas shell. All students must be in a small group for the entire semester.

I am curious...Should I be sure to group students according to the class section they are enrolled in?

Versus I group students randomly and have small groups with students from two sections inside of any given group.

If we were face to face clearly I would only group students with fellow classmates. Now all 70 of us are in one shell. Should I still group according to the course section? 

Thanks!

Nicole

 

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Vivie Sinou
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Nicole,

I can't think of any violation of student rights here, but to be on the safe side, I would keep students within the section they signed up for. I would break them up in groups by section. 

As you know, I support the combining of sections. But I worry about faculty who don't break up classes with multiple-sections into smaller groups and end having class discussions and questions from 75+ students. It can become quite unwieldy and overwhelming. Students would have a right to file a complaint, particularly in classes where the section limit on the Schedule was clearly 30-35. 

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Aaron Garner
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Don't quote me on this, but I don't think there would be anything wrong with combining both sections in terms of policy.  After all, we have online classes of well over a hundred and forum sizes even larger.  My online classes are always over 100.  I doubt the students would even know the difference.

On the other hand, Vivie is right, it might be better to be safe and just keep them in their respective sections.  That is the route I'd take.  The advantage of smaller sizes is that they can get to know each other better just like in a face to face class.

That's my two cents worth.

Aaron

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Nicole
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Okay Thank you. I will group students according to sections. 

Different question: Just as a clarification, when I do create a discussion, in the editing features, I am allowing to section _________ and to section __________ separately so that the students are only replying to their respective section of 35 students versus if I used the editing feature to say "Everybody" then students are replying to 70 students. Just clarifying. Thank you. 

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@Nicole - The approach you are describing implies that you would create a separate discussion for each section/group and under Edit, you would limit it to that section. That would work, of course, but what is the advantage of combining sections then? That may be a bit much, as it would require you to create multiple copies of each discussion (one per section).  

What if you used the feature that allows you to keep students from seeing and/or interacting with other sections? You'd need to select the "Limit this user to only see fellow section users" option for each student.  This is tedious to do under each student's account, but then the system will only let them interact with others from their section, automatically. In other words, the 'everybody' would be just from their section. 

 

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Nicole
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Okay. This is helpful. Thanks Vivie Smile Have a good night

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