A: There are two types of groups in VSware:

1. Dynamic groups / Saved search

  • These groups always automatically update based on the settings you created the group with
  • For example if you save a search for all 1st year pupils as a group, the next time a new student enters the school they will automatically be added to the group without having to repeat the search. You could also create a group of 'All Staff' or 'All Maths Teachers'
  • Can only be created through advanced search
  • Cannot add or remove students manually from this group after creating 
  • Can be created for students or faculty
  • Will appear in the groups tab under the 'Saved Search / Student Dynamic Group or Teacher Dynamic Group' heading

Click here to find out how to create a dynamic group.

2. Static groups / Free-form groups / Save to group

  • These groups remain fixed and will never automatically update
  • For example, you might want to create a group for a school trip or football team, or a group of teachers with first aid training 
  • Can be created through advanced search OR through 'groups' > 'actions' > 'add student group' / 'add teacher group'
  • Can add or remove students manually from this group after creating 
  • Can be created for students or faculty
  • Will appear in the groups tab under the 'Student Free-form Group / Teacher Free-form Group' heading

Click here to find out how to create a static or free-form group.

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