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Category: Commons Groups

  • How To Join A Group

    Select ‘Groups’ from the main page.   Search for the group by name, campus, purpose, or tag. After you’ve found a group that interests you there will be two options. You can either select the “Join Group” button next the … Continue reading →

  • Cross Posting To Other Groups

    Cross-posting of forum topics Have big news you just have to share with everyone? Your forum topics can be visible (or not!) to any or all groups you belong to. All groups that you’re a member of will appear listed … Continue reading →

  • Group Features

    Groups offer the following functionality: Group Discussion Forums – where members can start new topics, or participate in discussion threads Group Library – a repository for uploaded files, editable Docs, forum attachments, and external links Reply By Mail – participate … Continue reading →

  • Frequently Asked Questions About Groups

  • Privacy, Student Names and Aliases

    We encourage faculty to explore teaching on the open web using the Commons, but it is important to vigilantly respect student privacy. Both groups and sites have privacy settings that can be used to control visibility. Many class groups are … Continue reading →

  • Group Discussion Forum

    Perhaps the most used group tool is the Discussion Forum. In simple terms, someone starts a Forum Topic and others Reply to it. To post a new topic, either scroll down, past all your old topics, or simply click on … Continue reading →

  • Reply to Forum Posts Using “Quote”

    The Commons displays Forum Posts in chronological order, with the most recent post at the bottom. Most often when you reply to a post, it is right above yours or perhaps only one or two before that. There are times, … Continue reading →

  • Social Media Icons

    Linking social media profiles to groups Social and you know it? If you’re an admin, you can link your group to your non-Commons social media accounts – Facebook, Twitter, Google +, Flickr, YouTube and Delicious! You’ll find these option in … Continue reading →

  • Group Privacy Settings

    Privacy Settings There are three types of groups on the Commons, and each has differing levels of privacy. As the needs of a group change and evolve, they may want to adjust their group settings from private to public, or … Continue reading →

  • Reply by Email

      You don’t need to “log on” to the Commons to respond to group email notifications.  Participate in group discussions by simply clicking Reply in your email client.  Our plugin Reply By Email takes care of the rest! Respond to … Continue reading →