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Group communication

Group communication

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This page explains both how to communicate with groups in your course, and how group members can communicate with each other.

Communicating with groups

Once you have created your groups, you can use Brightspace to email any of the groups in one go. Click on the ‘+’ icon below  for further information:

  1.  Go to the Groups tool under the Collaboration tab.
  2. Find the group category and the group you wish to email.
  3. Check the box next to the group’s name and click on the ‘Email’ icon, at the top of the menu.
  4. A new window will open where you can compose your email.
By using this option, the contacts will appear by default on the bcc: field. The reason for this is to protect the identity of the recipients.

Below are a few other options you can choose from when allowing communication within groups:

Communication is an important part of working in a group. The Brightspace group tool allows students to share files (by using a locker), engage in a discussion  and upload their assignments to a group assignment folder.

Note: once files are deleted from Lockers they cannot be recovered anymore. This applies to both Students and Instructors. It could happen that files are deleted with the expectation that they could be retrieved in some way. To overcome situations such as these, it is recommended to add a text README file, with a note on this and eventually file instructions. Most importantly, add a message to the description of your file that warns for the fact that deleted files won’t be recovered, so that Students and Instructors can see it as soon as they open the locker.

 

Besides sharing documents, the locker function also makes it possible, for both, instructors and students, to email the group members. To do so, go to Groups and select the group for which you have previously set up lockers (see this page in how to do this).

Once your group displays you’ll find a link to Group files, under the Locker field. Click on it. On a new page, you will find a menu where files can be uploaded, but also a button to Email group members. Click on it and follow the procedure described above to email your group members.

 

Another option to communicate within groups is by using discussion boards. See this page for more information on how to use discussion boards in your groups.

Administrators and instructors can now associate existing discussion topics to a new group or section during the group or section creation process. In addition, users can associate existing discussion topics to groups or sections not associated with any other discussion topic. Note that users can only choose existing discussion topics that have no existing discussion posts for association. This feature is useful for creating groups or sections after copying a course, or if discussion topics are accidentally created before groups or sections.

 

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