Google Groups

Core App

Groups Groups

Discussion and communication platform via Web interface and email

Description

A Google Group, an online environment where group members can discuss items related to a specific subject or topic, can be:

  • used as a communication platform via email as well as a Web interface.
  • used for managing discussions and for group or personal settings.
  • configured for various permissions; e.g., restricted, moderated.
  • used to find a meeting time (busy search) or to schedule appointments.

Terminology

Sometimes the word “group” may refer to:

  • the members of the group; e.g., “Send an email to the group.”
  • the discussion area itself; e.g., “Did you read that posting in the group?”

Available groups

Two kinds of Google Groups are available at NC State:

  • Google Groups @ NC State (core app)
  • Google Groups (consumer app).

The following table offers a comparison of these so that you can choose the better one for your specific situation.

Comparison of Google Groups (Core and Consumer Apps)

Google Groups @ NC State Google Groups
App type Core Consumer
Available for Students, faculty, staff Students, faculty, staff
Launch Google Groups @ NC State Google Groups
Group creation
  1. Go to Web Registry.
  2. Select Start a New Request.
  3. From the Select Service Type drop-down menu, select:
    Google Group.
  4. Note the information you will need to provide and follow the prompts.
  1. Go to Google Groups.
  2. Select Create Group.
  3. Provide required information about the group.
  4. Select Create button at top of page.
Email address format group-groupname@ncsu.edu groupname@groups.google.com
Membership
  • NC State only
  • All members must have @ncsu.edu addresses
  • Public
  • Cannot have only members with @ncsu.edu addresses
Information
sharing
Must adhere to university and other legal records requirements; e.g., confidential informationFERPA and HIPAApublic records Must adhere to university and other legal records requirements; e.g., confidential informationFERPA and HIPAApublic records
Share student information?
Message
archiving
May request archiving when requesting group through Web Registry Group owner can set up archiving.
Inclusion in NC State Contacts May request inclusion, if appropriate, when requesting group through Web Registry  Not available
Help
Accessibility
  • No accessibility problems with having people participate in Google Groups @ NC State.
  • To avoid dependence upon the Groups user interface, allow members to receive email messages.
  • No accessibility problems with having people participate in Google Groups.
  • To avoid dependence upon the Groups user interface, allow members to receive email messages.
Terms of
Service
Google Apps Education Edition Agreement Google Terms of Service

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