I'm wondering if it is possible to hide or disable the private group area for groups?
You can disable the private groups option on the course settings page. It is found at the bottom in the "More Options" section. Click on "More Options" link and uncheck the box that says "Let students organize their own groups". Click "Update Course Details" at the bottom of the page and you should be good to go.
Hope this helps :-)
Actually, I had to revisit this as another instructor wanted the same option. When I deselected this option and updated the course details, students still had access to the private group area. Am I missing something?
If students have already created a private group before you disable private group creation in the course settings area, they will still have access to those groups. The setting makes sure they can't create groups but existing groups remain. If you really don't want them to access the private groups, you as the teacher can delete those groups at any time. Once the private groups have been deleted, new groups can't be created. Hope this helps!
Thanks, Randy. I just realized I may have caused some confusion. When students are in a group, they have access to a private area with Home, Announcements, People, Files, Discussions. This is the area I am hoping to disable.
There is no way to disable all of the functions in a group that I am aware of. By default, from the very beginning of Canvas, groups have always been thought of as collaborative spaces where students can engage with their peers. The thinking is that if you put students into a group for a group activity they need a space to work together collaboratively. While this is true for group assignments, this isn't necessarily true for discussion boards where you just want to break the class into smaller chunks.
Are you finding that students are abusing this collaborative functionality in your courses? I would be curious to chat more about your experiences with this issue.
Well, this ties into another issue I am having with supporting another class. Basically we have 20 groups (that we have turned into 20 sections), and each group requires a supervisor who will mark their own group's submissions. The course coordinator does not want these supervisors having access to the other groups' submissions and grades. Using the "Can only interact with users in their section only" when adding a person/role, I thought this may limit them to see that specific section/group only, but they have access to ALL the groups' private areas (including their submissions, grades, files, etc.). Hence, why I was wondering if this private area can be disabled...
Sorry to take so long to get back with you. Start of school has been a bit hectic. What role do all of the supervisors have in the course? Teacher, TA, custom? The role that they are given might have something to do with their access to all of the groups. Just a thought.
Great! That should do it! Thanks very much for the help.
I have been reviewing older questions here in the Canvas Community, and I stumbled upon your question. I am glad to see that Randy Orwin had been helping you with this question. It appears as though you may have gotten things answered, but I wanted to check for sure. Is there a response from Randy (above) that you could "Mark Correct"? If so, please go ahead and do that. However, if you are still looking for some help from Randy (or any other member of the Community, really), please let us know that as well. For the time being, I am going to mark your question as "Assumed Answered" because there hasn't been any new activity in this thread since the middle of October 2018. However, that won't prevent you or others from posting additional questions and/or comments below that are related to this topic. I hope that's alright with you. Looking forward to hearing back from you soon!
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