Before creating a new group, search for groups on GCconnex that may fit the needs or objective of your proposed group.
How to create a group
Click on Groups in the main navigation bar.
Click Create a new group
You will be prompted to fill out details about your group, including the name and other preferences. (see Editing group options below for further details).
Click Create group to finish.
How to create a sub-group
Sub-groups are groups that exist within a parent group. Before creating a sub-group, consider that circumstances may change over time (the parent group may change or no longer be needed). Each sub-group member must also be a member of the parent group, which can add complexity to the group membership process. As it isn’t possible for a sub-group to ever become a parent-level group, or a standalone group, independent of the parent, creating sub-groups should be considered very carefully.
In order to create or join a sub-group, you must first be a member of the parent group.
Start on the activity page of the parent group, click the Settings Icon that is located at the right of the page, and a drop-down menu will appear.
Click Create a Sub-Group.
You will be prompted to fill out details about your group (see Editing group options below for further details).
Click Create group to finish.
Editing Group Options
Under Group Profile/Tools tab when creating a group, the following options are available:
If you are making a bilingual group, remember to add both the French and English names in each of the respective language tabs.
Click on Browse to select a file from your computer to use as a group icon. A group icon is highly recommended as it allows for quicker identification and provides your group with a more polished and complete look.
Click on Browse to select a file from your computer to use as a cover image. The cover image displays at 1140 pixels wide by 145 pixels tall. If the dimensions of your image are greater or smaller than that, the image will be scaled to fit the area. A group cover image enables you to further personalize your group.
This acts as a short description of the group (350 words). It should catch the attention of users as they browse through the Groups main page. Try to keep this short and simple; ideally one short sentence. If your group is bilingual, remember to post the description in both official languages using the language tab.
The long description summarizes the purpose of the group and any other necessary information. Try to be as detailed and transparent as possible. Any acronyms should be written out in full on first reference. In the case of a bilingual group, remember to post the description in both official languages using the language tab.
Group membership permissions settings
Group owners and operators can set privacy settings when creating a group according to the function, needs or purpose of the group.
- Open Groups allow any logged-on GCconnex user to instantly join a group.
- Closed Groups require GCconnex members to request group membership, and then be accepted by the Group owner or operator. Alternatively, the Group owner or operator can invite GCconnex members or anyone with an email address to join.
Who can see this group?
- Group members only
- Users logged into GCconnex only
- All public servants
Accessibility of Group Content
- Unrestricted: access depends on content settings
- Member only: Non-members can never access group content
Add your group to communities that relate to the content of your group. This will make it easier for those who are interested in joining your group to find it on GCconnex.
Tags are keywords that are associated with the purpose of your group. They make your group searchable.
Here are some guidelines on using tags:
- Separate each tag with a comma and a space.
- Tags should be words or short phrases members will use when searching for groups.
- Remember to make tags bilingual so that members can find your group in either language.