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Adding Students to Groups in D2L

After following the instructions for Creating Groups, instructors will need to add students. When creating groups, one of three enrollment types can be selected.

  • Auto Enrollment: D2L enrolls students in groups automatically.
  • No Auto Enrollment: Instructor or an administrator enrolls students to groups manually. 
  • Self Enrollment: Students enroll in groups themselves.

    Note: If automatic or self-enrollment is selected, it is necessary to manually modify groups if students withdraw after the start of the term.

Enroll Students in Groups Manually

  1. Select More in the course navigation bar.   
  2. Select Groups from the dropdown menu.   
  3. Select the View Categories dropdown menu (only required if there is more than one set of groups).
  4. Select the dropdown arrow [A] next to the group category name.
  5. Select Enroll Users [B].
    pathway to enroll users through dropdown menu
  6. The Enroll Users page will open. Select the checkbox for the appropriate group for each student.
  7. Select the Save button.
    add students to groups using check boxes

Provide Students with Instructions for Self-enrollment

As a best practice, it is recommended to add a Groups link in the course navigation bar (see Navigation Bar for instructions), then share these instructions with them. 

  1. Select the Groups link in the course navigation bar. 
  2. Select the View Available Groups button.
  3. The "Available Groups" window will open. Select the Join Group link.


After creating and enrolling students to groups, set up group submission folders or discussion topics. See Creating Submission Folders and Creating Group Discussions for more information.