|by Deanna Pasternak
You might have seen the menu option in the MyUH portal for "My Groups" on the left column of the Home tab and wondered what it was. If you haven't noticed this, you can also locate the My Groups menu option by clicking the Quick Links menu on your MyUH portal home page.
When you select My Groups, a new box will appear with tabbed menu options. These menus allow you to view the groups you belong to, browse for groups you'd like to join, and to create new groups. The My Groups feature can be used by anyone with a University affiliation as you have to log in with your UH Username and password to access the group. These groups can be used to communicate with fellow colleagues, students, with people that have similar interests, or for committee work.
The groups are broken out into categories by campus so that you can easily find out groups that would be of interest to you. There are three different kinds of groups that you can create or join. There are public groups that anyone can join, restricted groups that require an administrator to approve access to, and hidden groups that are not displayed in the group index. Hidden groups are recommended for use when group leaders would like to collaborate privately. The group leader of a hidden group would need to add each group member on their own.
The My Groups allow you to upload and share photos, files, and web site links with other group members. They also allow you to send group emails, conduct real time chats with members that are online, send announcements to group members, and to create a shared calendar for the group. As a group administrator, you can set permissions to limit who can upload pictures, edit the home page, and perform other tasks. Functions are basic and easy to use.
For more detailed information on My Groups you can read Getting Started with My Groups on the ITS documents page, or for a quick Frequently Asked Question (FAQ), please refer to the knowledgebase "Ask Me" article: http://www.hawaii.edu/askus/index.php?action=view&kbid=668