With Groups, learners can create a dedicated page and space for others to join based on common interest or location and to provide feedback and network with each other, potentially even turning into real-world meetups.Groups have a dedicated page and group members can post and comment on each others' posts.
Groups give learners the ability to create small communities, study groups, or learning squads. Learners can be members of multiple groups at the same time and groups can be used for sharing knowledge and receiving feedback. However, groups cannot submit assignments. When thinking about adding groups to a course, consider how they may add or subtract from the primary course or program objective.
Groups are different from Teams, please see our Teams vs. Groups article for a further explanation of the distinction.
While groups can be used in many ways, here are some ways groups can be particularly effective.
- Classes only with individual assignment submissions: Groups enable learners to learn from the course community and provide opportunities for giving each other feedback
- Long courses with sustained engagement: Groups can be a tool to allow for deepened interest and engagement for longer courses over 8-10 weeks long.
- Join a literary interest group on a style of writing that you’re hoping to receive feedback on (Literature, Poetry, etc.)
- Become a member of a club on a topic that you want to learn more about (women in business, innovative healthcare, etc.)