What is the difference between a public and a private group ?

Think of Groups as classrooms for your digital university.

This article covers:

1 - Different group status options

2 - How to set the status of a group

3 - Visibility

 

1 – Different group status options

The different between public and private groups occurs at the content creation level:

  • If you invite both public and private groups to the same program, learners from all public groups will see forum activity
  • Learners from private groups will only see their own forum activity (and only they will see it).

In other words, private groups are completely compartmentalized: learners can only see interaction and activity from members of the private group.

 

2 – How to set the status of a group

You designate the status during the group creation phase. You can change this setting at any time.

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Here, the group is private

 

3 - Visibility

Between Groups:

  • If a learner is in a public group, they will see learners that are in public groups and interactions between members of public groups in the forum.
  • If a learner is in a private group, they’ll only see learners and interactions between members of the private group.
  • If a learner doesn’t belong to a group, they’ll see members and interactions from members in public groups.

Using the Search Engine:

By using the search bar, a user can see another user if:

  • They are both part of a public group
  • They are both in the same private group
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