When looking at your groups in the Groups tool, you will see a linked number in the "members" column. This number represents the number of members in the group.
Clicking on the number will bring up a pop-up window containing a list of your group members' names. Please note that you will not receive their individual email addresses.
Help! My group membership window is blank!
After clicking on the group membership link, do you get a blank pop-up window? Not to worry - this is a known bug in Brightspace, and there is a workaround.
To start, it may be worth trying a different web browser to see if you have a better experience. Generally, we recommend the use of Google Chrome (especially if you are also using Google Drive in your course, for sharing content and activities). Mozilla Firefox should also work well.
If that doesn't fix the problem, you can try this:
Move your mouse to the bottom-right corner of the pop-up window and, when the mouse changes to a double-handled arrow, click on the corner and continue to hold the mouse button down.
Very slowly move the mouse to resize the pop-up window. If the window appears too narrow, move the mouse to the right to make it wider. If it appears oddly long, move the mouse toward the top to make it shorter.
At some point, text should display inside the window. If this happens, let go of the mouse button.
There are a couple of communication possibilities that come with Brightspace Groups.
To start, the group members can email everyone in the group by clicking the "Email" icon listed with their group. To protect the students' privacy, they do not see each others' email addresses in the recipients' list.
If a group member sends an email, however, their email address will appear in the resulting email, as the sender of the email.
Unfortunately, there is no way to email individual group members. The group may decide to share their email addresses with each other, for the purpose of emailing or using Google Chat to discuss their project work - but this isn't something that should be required for the class.
If the instructor has created private discussions for the group activities in your class, you will find them in the Discussions tool.