When you request a "Course Shell", both a Brightspace shell and Google Group are created. Anyone you add to the shell using Self Service - including sections of students, TAs and co-Instructors - are added as members to both the Brightspace shell and the Google Group.
Uses for Google Groups in a course:
Simplify email communication (using a single email address for the group)
Facilitate the sharing of resources (using a host of Google Workspace tools in Google Drive)
Create collaborative activities with your students
Start by requesting your Course Shell, if you haven't already done so. Whether the students will be added right away will depend on the timing - and whether the course section appears in your list on MyServiceHub.
If the course section does appear in your list on MyServiceHub
When completing the shell request, you will be able to specify the course-section and any enrolled students will be added right away.
If the course section doesn't appear in your list on MyServiceHub yet
When completing the shell request, you will only be able to identify the course code for the purpose of properly naming the Course Shell. You won't be able to identify the student section(s) yet - and so the students won't be added.
You will have to use the Self Service tools to connect the student section to the shell once it appears in your MyServiceHub list.
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.
Once you have the link copied, you can proceed to the sharing steps!
"Create a Link" in the Brightspace Content tool
Login to D2L Brightspace, enter your course shell, and go to the Contents tool.
If you already have a module in which you would like to share the audio/video link, go into that module. If not, create a new module.
Click the "Upload / Create" button, then "Create a link".
Give the new link a title, then paste the address of your Google Drive file into the "URL" field.
You may need to check the box "Open as External Resource" if your files are located in a Google Shared Drive or if you are linking to a folder. Otherwise, you may choose to leave this unchecked.
Click the "Create" button.
As long as the Google Drive folder has been properly shared and the students are only logged in with their Toronto Metropolitan University Google account, the audio/video should play directly in D2L Brightspace.
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 Toronto Metropolitan University 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 Toronto Metropolitan University email address and password. (In the example here, you will see that I have both my Toronto Metropolitan University 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 Toronto Metropolitan University 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 Toronto Metropolitan University account will ensure your access isn't impeded long-term. If your course relies heavily on materials shared from Google Drive, adding your Toronto Metropolitan University account may be the better option.
Another tip: use a different web browser for your Toronto Metropolitan University work than for your personal communications. We recommend using Chrome if you use Google tools at Toronto Metropolitan University frequently, so consider using something like Mozilla Firefox or Safari for your personal accounts.