Google Groups is a group email list/web discussion tool. You can use announcement-only/broadcast, moderated, or restricted groups, or groups with other combinations of settings.
Current known uses in the sector
- Google Groups can be used in Citizenship Preparation, Community Connections, Employment-related, Information and Orientation, Library Settlement Partnership, Settlement Workers in Schools, Pre-Arrival as an group communication and discussion tool with clients and communities.
Google Groups is free for personal/individual use. According to Google, “There are two versions of Groups – the free version for everyone, and a version for organizations (work, school, and so on). The tasks you can do and features you can access depend on which version you have. If you’re signed in with a work or school account, the tasks and features available to you are customized by your administrator.”
Ease of use & Accessibility
Easy to set up and use. If accessed through email by group members, easy and accessible.
Most users will access through email after signing up. However, the site and additional tools/features can be accessed on any device through the web browser.
Privacy/security features, including data security and message encryption
Google Groups has a variety of privacy settings that can be customized by Group owners/moderators.
You can choose different languages to be used for system-generated information such as notifications and email footers that come with each group email.