Tracey DeLillo

Has anyone created a comprehensive Group guide?

Discussion created by Tracey DeLillo Expert on Feb 22, 2017
Latest reply on Mar 29, 2017 by Rob Ditto

A new faculty member created Groups for the purpose of giving a group assignment, but then asked a simple question - "So, how do the students in the groups communicate with each other about this assignment?" And I realized that it doesn't have a simple answer. Because students can do a lot of things in their Canvas Groups. 


The official guides address each Group feature separately - "How do I create a discussion in a group?", "How do I start a collaboration in a group?" - and are focused on HOW to find and use each tool. I'm wondering if anyone has drafted anything for their students (or for faculty) that goes more into why course-level Groups are useful, and/or examples of scenarios where the students might use a discussion, or files, or pages, etc. Is that overthinking it? Do students mostly use their Groups intuitively, without instruction?


As an admin, sometimes I feel so detached from how this stuff actually works with actual students, so forgive me if this is a silly discussion.