The majority of online courses at Westminster require students to participate in pre-assigned Small Group meetings with 2-4 other students via Zoom throughout the length of the term. Zoom information and meeting due dates will be provided in each courses Canvas page, but students are responsible for coordinating with one another to find meeting times that accommodate everyone in the group. We recommend students take the following steps to ensure connecting with your Small Groups will go as smoothly as possible!
1.) Find out who is in your Small Group in Canvas
The first thing you'll need to do is actually determine who will be in your Small Group(s) for the semester! To do this, head to your Canvas dashboard and select the option for "Groups" on the left-hand side of the screen. This will show you any Small Groups that you have been assigned to. Select a group, and then select the option for "People" within the group page to view who all is in your small group.
2.) Connect with your small group using Workplace
The best place to actually connect with your small group to coordinate meeting times will within Workplace. You can accomplish this in one of two ways:
Create a private group in Workplace
Students can create their own groups in Workplace to connect and chat with one another. Just look under the "Groups" subheading on the left-hand side of your Workplace homepage and select the option for "Create Group." From here, you can search and add your small group members to a private group that only you all will be able to see. Make sure when creating your group that you select the option for "Secret" under "Select Privacy."
Create a group chat using Workplace Chat
Instead of creating a private group, you can also simply create a group chat thread within Workplace so that you will quickly be able to send messages to one another. This can be done by heading to the "Chats" tab on Workplace and adding your small group members to a message. You can even edit the name of the group chat so you can easily find it when viewing your Workplace Chat messages.