Instructors/Leaders can create groups of students/participants within their courses/organization. Groups usually consist of a smaller number of students/participants in a course/organization, such as study groups or project groups. These course/organization groups have their own areas in the course/organization to collaborate.
Your instructor/leader must provide you access (enable) the communication tools that only group members can access, such as a private file exchange area, a group discussion board, and a group journal.
Your instructor /leader places you into a group or allows you to select the group you want to join.
You access groups within your course/organization in the following ways:
A. Groups page link: The Groups page link appears on the course/organization menu or in a content area. The Groups page lists all available groups and sign-up sheets for self-enroll groups.
B. My Groups panel: The My Groups panel appears under the course/organization menu. It provides direct links to the group area for each group you belong to. You can expand the panel to reveal all the tools that are available for your group to use. If you are enrolled in a group, the panel appears automatically.
C. Group link: A group link is a link to a single group, sign-up sheet, or the Groups page made available in a course/organization area.
The group homepage is the center for group activity and contains a description of the group, a list of members, and tools the instructor/leader has given the group access to. If your instructor/leader permits, you can customize this page by adding a banner, selecting a color scheme, and adding personal modules. Personal modules are visible only to the member who added the modules. You can also access your group tools and assignments here.
When inside your group area, you can use the tools your instructor/leader has made available. Be sure to ask your instructor/leader about any tools you want to use but do not find on your group's page. Review any instructions provided by your instructor/leader on how to use these tools to complete group work. Tools that are available to a group include:
The group collaboration sessions have all of the same features as those used in a course. All group members are moderators in group collaboration sessions, can manage sessions, and access all of the available tools.