I do not want everybody in the course to see the discussion; only those in the group.
Carlie, before I help, I need to know if each group in your class will be doing the discussion, but you only want people to see the discussion going on in their group? If this is the case, then all you need to do is set up your groups and then check the "This is a Group Discussion" box (and select the group) under your Discussion settings - How do I create a group discussion in a course?. This will make sure group members will only see discussion posts from fellow group members. You on the other hand, can switch back and forth to view what's going on in all of the groups.
If only one group will be doing the discussion and none of the other students/groups will be participating in this discussion (in any way) then you would need to use the differentiate feature to set-up your discussion - How do I assign a graded discussion to an individual student? To do this you need to create a discussion, make sure you check the "Graded" box (so the discussion will be graded), and then when you scroll down there will be an option at the very bottom (above the due date) to "Assign to." Remove "Everyone" (click the X next to it) and only add the names of the students in the group who you want to see the discussion. This will make it so ONLY the students listed in the "Assign To" box will see or even know the discussion exists.
Hope this helps!
Carlie, do you still need assistance with this?
Carlie, since we haven't heard from you in a while, we're hopeful that Kona Jones's answer gave you the guidance you needed to move forward with the group discussions. We'll mark her answer with the "Correct Answer" designation. This question remains open for participation, so if you still need assistance, feel free to post a reply to "bump" the thread.
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