When groups were enabled, you could only work in groups. When they were public, students in other groups could interact with your posts, but all original posts had to go to a group.
So many more options to configure your Community!
In addition to the system being configurable as it always has been, instructors now have the ability to allow students to share a post to the whole Community, while also keeping group posts private.
This adds the ability to do small group and “breakout” work while still allowing students to interact in the full Community.
With many good applications for groups we also see and hear from instructors that a whole class Community is critical for increasing student engagement, persistence, and improving academic outcomes.
These changes allow you and your students to enjoy the best of both worlds, all in one place.
What does this change from a student experience perspective?
When students post in the community there is now an audience option to select “All members” or “Post to Group XYZ” (instructors and community facilitators can post to any group as seen in the example below).
How to use the new group functions:
Use the entire Community as a space for:
Class participation about class topics
A help forum for students to answer each other's questions
A spot for students to introduce themselves
A community to socialize in
A place to share relevant current events and articles