Create Groups Manually in ELMS-Canvas for Instructors


You can create groups to help organize students for collaborative activities. To control group membership, you can assign the students manually.

  1. Log into ELMS-Canvas.
  2. Navigate to your course space, and then click on People in the left-hand navigation menu.
  3. Click the + Group Set button at the top right.
    Group Set Button
  4. In the Create Group Set dialog box, name the group set. This is usually the title of an overall project or assignment in which different groups will collaborate on a task.
  5. Click the I'll create groups manually radio button, and then click Save.  
    Create Group Set Dialog Box
  6. Click + Group in order to add groups to a Group Set
    Add Group Set
  7. Name the group and identify a preferred number of members, then click Save. Repeat steps 4 and 5 until all group identities have been created.
    Group Name Field
  8. Drag and drop students from the Unassigned list to the respective groups, or click the plus sign by the student's name and select a group identity.

           Add students to groups

NOTE: It is best practice to create groups after "add-drop" period has ended.  If you create groups prior to that time, you will need to return to the group area and move newly enrolled, unassigned students into groups.