In a Google at IU groupspace, how can I change the group or calendar?

When you request a Google at IU groupspace, a site is automatically created for you and populated with a group and a calendar. For more about setting up your groupspace, see Creating and setting up a Google at IU groupspace.

If you wish, you can change the group and/or calendar associated with your groupspace, or add multiple groups and/or calendars to your groupspace, as described below.

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Changing the group

A Google group gadget on the default Google at IU groupspace home page (in the left column below the text gadget) and on the Mailing List page allows site members to read messages sent to the group directly on the site. To change the group that's associated with your groupspace, edit the gadget as follows:

  1. Do one of the following:
    • Create a new group and a new groupspace by filling out the Create a Google@IU Groupspace request form again. You'll receive email confirmation that your new group and groupspace have been created. You can then use the remaining steps to associate the new group with the old groupspace, or vice versa.
      Note:
      You may see a CREATE GROUP button while logged into Google with your Google at IU account. Be aware that this will create a group in the public Google domain, not a group associated with Google at IU. To create a group within the IU Google domain, use the Create a Google@IU Groupspace request form.
    • Create a new Google site manually to serve as your groupspace. You can then use the remaining steps to associate the group from your initial groupspace with the new site.
  2. Navigate to the page containing the group gadget.
  3. Click the Edit page icon (looks like a pencil), and the page will display in edit mode.
  4. Click the Google group gadget on the page to expose the gadget controls. The groupspace gadget toolbar
  5. To edit the settings for this gadget, click the properties (gear) icon.
  6. In the "Google Group URL" field, replace the existing group URL with the URL for the group you wish to associate with your site. If you used the request form rather than creating the group manually, the URL can be found in your site request email confirmation and will be in the format https://groups.google.com/a/iu.edu/d/forum/chosenname-iu-group.

    The groupspace group gadget properties screen

  7. Change other settings as desired.
  8. When you are finished making changes, click Preview Gadget to make sure your group is loading properly.
  9. If you are satisfied with the preview, click OK to save your gadget changes or click Back to configuration to make further changes. To exit without saving, click Cancel.
  10. At the upper right above the IU banner, click Save to save your changes to the page.
  11. Update your sharing settings to allow your new group to access the site and calendar(s). For instructions, see Share your site with other people and Share your calendar with someone.

To add another group to your groupspace in addition to the existing one:

  1. Follow steps 1-3 above.
  2. Place the cursor wherever you want to insert a new group gadget. Click Insert and then Group.
  3. In the "Google Group URL" field, enter the URL for the group you wish to associate with your site. If you requested your new group using the request form, the URL can be found in your site request email confirmation and will be in the format https://groups.google.com/a/iu.edu/d/forum/chosenname-iu-group.
  4. Follow steps 7-11 above.

Changing the calendar

A Google calendar gadget on the Google at IU groupspace home page (in the right column below the "Recent announcements" gadget) and the Calendar page allows members to view upcoming events for your group. To change the calendar, edit the gadget as follows. (You can associate any Google calendar with your groupspace.)

  1. Navigate to the page containing the calendar gadget.
  2. Click the Edit page icon (looks like a pencil), and the page will display in edit mode.
  3. Click the Google calendar gadget at the bottom of the right column to expose the gadget controls. The groupspace gadget toolbar
  4. To edit the settings for this gadget, click the properties (gear) icon.
  5. At the top of the properties menu, click the right edge of the existing calendar to open a context menu.

    The Google Calendar Properties window

  6. Click Change to replace the current calendar with a different one.
  7. Select the calendar to associate with your site from the list of available calendars, and then click Select. You will be returned to the properties window.
  8. Update your sharing settings to allow all appropriate groups to access the new calendar(s). For instructions, see Share your calendar with someone.

To add another calendar in addition to your existing calendar(s), see Insert Google Calendars. Be sure to also update your sharing settings to allow all appropriate groups to access the new calendar(s). For instructions, see Share your calendar with someone.

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Last modified on 2017-10-25 12:20:19.

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