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Automatic Class Google Groups

Two weeks prior to the start of each term, a Google Group will be created for each course in Banner. This group is temporary and will be deleted one week after the first day of the following term.

Understanding Automatic Class Groups

Groups are temporary, and thus are best used as a tool for faculty wishing to give one way announcements to their class (such as cancellations, assignment updates, etc.). All group history will be deleted at the end of the term. However, a copy of the email sent to the group can be found in the sender's Sent mail folder. Faculty wishing to record an online discussion for purposes of tracking course participation are encouraged to use D2L.

Features of these groups include:

  • Groups will be visible only to the instructor assigned to the course.
  • Instructors may delegate management of the group, and add/remove group members.
  • Banner Add/Drops will be automatically updated to the group.

Further Resources

To locate any Google Group, click on the groups link found at the top left of any pdx.edu Google app, such as the Calendar (cal.pdx.edu).

Please see Google Groups Help and the Google Groups Learning Center for more information on how to use Google Groups.

Contact the Helpdesk for additional assistance.