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Groups.PNG Create Groups


Create Groups

You can create a group from the Groups tab on the top menu. To create a group, follow these steps:

  1. Select the Groups dropdown menu and click the Create link.

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  2. Fill out the Group form.
    • Write a Description (optional).
    • Set Privacy to customize who can view the group.
    • Set Access to customize who can join the group.

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  3. Click Create to finish.

Join Groups

You can also join existing groups by selecting the Groups dropdown menu and clicking the Join link. A pop-up window will appear asking you for an access code. Enter the access code given to you by the group's administrator. Once you join a group, you will begin receiving updates, posts, comments, and event notifications from the group.

Schoology Groups

Schoology has also created open groups based on areas of study and teaching techniques. You can view and join the Schoology Groups by clicking on See All located in the bottom right corner of the Groups dropdown menu.

 

Updates.PNG Group Updates


Updates are meant to be brief messages posted to your group. When updates are posted to your group, they will appear in the Updates section of your group as well as on each in the Recent Activity area of members in your group.

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By default, any member can post updates and create discussions. If you are a group administrator, you can limit this ability to only other group administrators. To do so, follow these steps:

  1. Go to Group Options in the left menu of the group page and click on Edit Privacy/Group Settings.

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  2. Change your group membership settings as you need them.

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  3. Click the Save Changes button to complete.

Group Polls

You can post a Poll in your group to receive live feedback as members vote. To create a poll, please follow these steps:

  1. Select a Group Profile from the Groups dropdown.
  2. Type an update in the text box at the top.
  3. Click on the Poll icon under the text box.
  4. Two fields will appear by default. If you'd like to add more options, click on the Add Option link below the fields.
  5. Click Post to complete!

Note: You can also create group updates from the Home page by clicking on the Update link near to the top of the page, and following the steps above.

 

Course_Discussions.PNG Group Discussions


Group discussions are a great way for members to engage in interests outside or in conjunction with the classroom. To add a discussion to your group, follow these steps:

  1. Select a Group from the Groups dropdown in the top menu.
  2. Go to the Discussions area in the left menu.
  3. Click on the button to Add Discussion.
  4. Add a title and description (optional) to the discussion.
  5. Click Create to complete.

By default, any member can add discussion threads to the group. If you are a group administrator, you can limit this ability to only other group administrators. To do so, follow these steps:

  1. Select a Group from the Groups dropdown in the top menu.
  2. Go to Group Options in the left menu of the group page and click on Edit Info.
  3. Click on the Settings area to the right of the Info tab.
  4. Use the Allow Members to Post on Group Feed option to enable/disable this feature.
  5. Click the Save Changes button to complete.

 

Course_Albums.PNG Group Albums


Group Albums are another great way for members to share photos and media files with each other. As Group Admin, you must add media albums in the group in order for members to participate in the albums. To add an album, follow these steps:

  1. Select a Group from the Groups dropdown in the top menu.
  2. Go to the Albums area in the left menu.
  3. Click on the button to Add Album.
  4. Add a title and description (optional) to the album.
    • The option to Allow Comments will allow members to add comments to uploaded photos and media.
    • The option to Allow Students to Add Media will allow members of the course to upload photos and media to the album.
  5. Click Create to complete.

 

Members.PNG Add Group Members


Go to the group profile by selecting a group from the Groups dropdown in the top menu, or click See All for a complete list of your groups. You can add members to your group by distributing the Group Access code.

Using an Access Code

Each group has a 10-digit access code (in a green box) located in the left menu of the Group Page, and also in the Members tab. To use an access code to join a group, follow these steps:

  1. Locate the Groups dropdown in the top menu.
  2. Click Join at the bottom of the list.
  3. Input your Access Code.
  4. Click Join to complete.

Require Approval

If you would like to manually approve each user who uses the access code before they can join the group, follow these steps from the Group Profile:

  1. Navigate to the Group Profile.
  2. Select the Members tab in the left menu.
  3. Look for the Require Approval checkbox below the Access Code on the right.
  4. Enable the checkbox to turn on this feature.

Using Add Members


To add members to your group manually, follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to the Members section.

  2. Click on the Add Members button.

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  3. Type in the name of users you want to add.

  4. Click on them to select them.

  5. Make sure that Add members without invite is selected, otherwise you'll need to wait for them to respond before they join the group.

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  6. Click on Add Members to finish.

  7. To make a student or another member of the group an administrator, go to the Members section.

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Resources.PNG Group Resources


Group Resources is an area for members to share files and links that pertain to their interests. One of the unique features of this area is that you may allow other members to add to the Resources section.

To allow members to add resources, follow these steps:

  1. Select a Group Profile from Group dropdown.
  2. Go to Group Options in the left menu.
  3. Click on Edit Info.
  4. Click on the Settings area to the right of the Info tab.
  5. Use the Allow Members to Post Files/Links to Resources option to enable this feature.
  6. Click Save Changes complete.

 

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