Course-based Google Groups create a group / mailing list based on the enrollment of your course section. As students add and drop your section, they will be added and dropped from your Google Group membership.
You can also add co-instructors and TAs to your Google Group, where appropriate.
Once you have created content and folders in Google Drive and set the sharing settings so that your students can access them, how do you provide them with the links?
We recommend posting the links to your class Google resources and activities to the Content tool in D2L Brightspace. This is an ideal place to collect all class resources so students can easily find them.
You may also choose to provide links via email or other tools in Brightspace, like Announcements... but we recommend also having the links available in the Content.
Copy the link from Google
For Google folders and documents (like Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Slides, etc.):
Right-click the folder or item, and click "Get Link".
On the pop-up, click the "Copy Link" button to copy the link into your browser's clipboard.
Paste this into a text editor, so that you have a copy of it for the next steps.
These steps will help to ensure you can access content that is shared with you from Google Drive.
Go to google.com, external link and click on the user icon in the top-right corner. Not only will this page tell you which account you are currently logged into, you will be able to logout or add your Ryerson account to this list.
Once you get to this screen, you can either "sign out of all accounts" (the quick method) or click "add another account" and then proceed to login using your Ryerson email address and password. (In the example here, you will see that I have both my Ryerson account and my personal account listed)
Go to my.ryerson.ca and log out completely. You're going to start the login process from scratch.
After logging out, log back in at my.ryerson.ca. Complete the remaining steps within 30 minutes.
Click on Apps and open Google Drive, just to ensure you have a new session in your Ryerson Google account.
Proceed to the page or application from which you are trying to access shared Google content (D2L Brightspace, email, or another application used in your course).
The "quick method" (logging out of Google) is useful for a one-time access of materials, but adding your Ryerson account will ensure your access isn't impeded long-term. If your course relies heavily on materials shared from Google Drive, adding your Ryerson account may be the better option.
Another tip: use a different web browser for your Ryerson work than for your personal communications. We recommend using Chrome if you use Google tools at Ryerson frequently, so consider using something like Mozilla Firefox or Safari for your personal accounts.
Additional resources for Google Groups at Ryerson: