Work with Google at IU groupspaces

As of January 31, 2019, you can no longer create new Google at IU groupspaces. Google is deprecating classic Google Sites, the underlying technology for groupspaces, and is encouraging customers to adopt new Google Sites for web publishing. For instructions on how to create a site with similar functionality in the new Google Sites, see Create collaborative workspaces with new Google Sites. To learn about converting an existing groupspace to a new Google Site, see Convert a Google at IU groupspace to the new Google Sites.

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For managing projects and other types of group activities, Google at IU groupspaces provide a collaborative workspace with access to multiple integrated Google tools, including calendar, mailing list, wiki, embedded docs, etc.

Always use your Google at IU account for Indiana University coursework and other university business. Personal Google accounts are not approved for institutional data. See Manage multiple Google accounts at IU.

In general:

Manage people (

In groupspaces, you'll typically manage users via Google Groups. When people need to access content, you don't have to share it with each person individually; you can instead share the content with the group they're part of. Anyone who needs to access content or receive email related to a Google at IU groupspace should be added to the groupspace's associated Google Group. For instructions, see:

  • You may invite individuals to groups or add them directly without invitation.
  • If someone reports that they're unable to access site content (for example, they see access denied/content unavailable errors), confirm that:
    • They're added to the site's Google Group
    • The content they're trying to access is shared with the Google Group

IU group accounts vs. Google Groups

Because Google Groups and IU group accounts in Google at IU have similar names and functions, the differences may be confusing. For a summary of their functions, see below.

An IU group account:

  • Will be named something like dvader (that is, a regular IU username)
  • Is an account that multiple people can sign into
  • Can own content in Google Drive and elsewhere
  • Is generally indistinguishable from a real user account (that is, it can perform the same functions as a regular user in Google at IU)

A Google at IU Group (aka Google Group):

  • Will be named something like
  • Cannot own content in Google Drive or elsewhere, but can have "view" or "edit" access to content shared with it
  • Is the name of a collection of users, not a single account that all users can access
  • Is used to give a group of users access to content without having to share the content with them individually

Manage files ( and

Files associated with groupspaces may be stored in two places: Google Drive and the groupspace itself. The location of the files is extremely important, as files stored in a user's Google Drive are deleted if the user leaves IU. For more about managing files, see File storage and ownership in Google at IU groupspaces.

Edit calendars (

You may view embedded Google at IU calendars in groupspaces, but you'll need to edit and otherwise manage the calendars from When you create a Google at IU calendar via the groupspace request form, the form will also create a Google Group and add it to the calendar with "See all event details" permissions. For more about managing Google calendars, see:

Email users

Emailing to groupspace participants is a function of Google Groups, making it imperative that any users needing to receive email from groupspace participants are added to the Google Group as detailed above. As described in the overview, users may send email via the following methods:

  • Email the group email address (will be in the format
  • Create a new topic in the site's Google group gadget (by default, this appears on the site home page and on the Mailing List page):

    Google Group gadget

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Last modified on 2018-11-15 12:45:52.

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