Groups can be used to build a camaraderie, teach students how to collaborate, and encourage healthy competition. To successfully use groups for these purposes, you need to know how the group settings affect the activities. Even as you use the Groups function, remember that the students are still part of the whole class, and most of their activities and interactions will probably be as members of the whole.
In the next chapter, we'll focus on communicating with students using Email, Announcements, and Messages. You will see how these tools can be used along with the group settings.