Groups help people to focus on an activity or a subject matter. Groups are used for collaboration, communication, sharing resources, scheduling, and capturing group knowledge. Sports teams, school clubs, parent volunteers, school departments, all use groups to achieve their goals.

Joining a group

To see a list of all public groups, click View More.

You can enter any group in this list by clicking on the group name. Clicking +join will add the group to your Groups area of your home screen.

You can also join a group by selecting Join from within a group.

 Types of Groups

Currently, a regular group, a team, and a club share the same set of features. These groups have conversation area, a Knowledge Base, a Calendar, and a Library.

The Professional Learning Community adds a Course Plan area. Teachers can jointly create multiple course plans and use the contents of the course plan in any class. In this example, a profession learning community has been used to gather Lesson plans and assessments focused on Financial Literacy.

Sharing Course Plans between a Professional Learning Community and a Class

To copy units, lessons, or assessment, go to the class or professional learning community where the content resides, then:

  1. Click the Course Plan`s gear icon.

Select the items to copy.

Click Copy.

Click Paste to copy the items within the current professional learning community,

or open a different class or professional learning community and click Paste.

Creating Groups

It will take you longer to decide on the group name than it will to create the group. Only teachers and school administrators can create groups. Students cannot create Groups.

To create a group, do this

  1. Select Home.
  2. Select your school name.
  3. At the end of the existing groups, select Create Group. The Create Group form appears.
  4. Choose a name.
  5. Select the type of group.
  6. Click Create Group.

You can change all group settings, even the name, through the Group’s Setup form at any time.

The group is added to your home screen.

Create Group and Setup form

Name Choose a name for the group.
Type Regular Group, Club, & Team have the same functionality in Edsby 2012. Professional Learning Community is the only group with a Course Plan.
Moderators Type in the names of additional Moderators. You don’t need to invite moderators, as the group is automatically added to the home screen.
Upload Choose your group’s icon by clicking Browse and locating a suitable jpg or png file from your computer. The image file will automatically scale to the dimensions of the group icon. If you don’t choose an icon the standard group icon will be used.
Invitation Only If you want to choose who can join your group, check this box.
Permissions
Invite People Controls who can invite other people to this group.
Make Posts Controls who can post Notes and reply to Notes.
Edit Knowledge Base Controls who can create, edit, and delete Knowledge Base entries.

Adding and removing members

If you created the group or have the Invite People permission, you can invite people to join the group and remove people from the group.

To invite people to the group, click Invite and type the names of the invitees:

The invitees will see the group on the home screen.

To remove other people from the group, expand the member list and click Remove.

 

Examples of Permissions

The following is a small set of examples of recommended permissions for common situations.

Create a public group

The group name will appear in the list of groups on the School Page. These are the default permissions.

 

Create a group for a small group of students

Only teachers and administrators can create groups, so you’ll need to create the group. As the group creator, you are automatically the moderator of the group. Set the permissions as illustrated, this is the default form with Invitation Only enabled. Enter the group, it’s on your home screen, and invite the students.



If you don’t wish to invite all the students, invite one student and then make the student a moderator. Entering a name in Moderators automatically adds the group to the person’s home screen. The chosen student will then invite all the students.


Create a Profession Learning Community for your peers

Set the permissions as illustrated and then enter the group and invite people to join the group. The Invitation Only checkbox is enabled and the Invite People and Edit Knowledge Base permissions are set to Only Members.

Create a moderated Group for your peers

Set the permissions as illustrated and invite people to join the group. In this example, the moderators manage the Knowledge Base, Invitations, and Group Setup.