It is strongly recommended that staff using Facebook for course related learning activities, setup and administrate a group within the UQ “Groups for Schools”. “Groups for Schools” is for school / university specific groups. Staff and staff must supply a UQ email address to join to the UQ group and only members can see can see the sub groups and other members of this group.

Joining the UQ school group

  1. Login to your Facebook account.
  2. Visit the below address:

www.facebook.com/about/groups/schools

  1. Type in University of Queensland
  2. Select Queensland from the drop down list.

Select Queensland from the drop down list.

Select Queensland from the drop down list.

  1. Type in your UQ email address in the format mary.brown and select uq.edu.au from the drop down list.

Note: Your alternative UQ email address in the format that uses your username will also work i.e. uqmbrow7@uq.edu.au

Note: Your alternative UQ email address in the format that includes your school i.e. marybrown@education.uq.edu.au will not work.

  1. Click on the Confirm email button.

Click on the Confirm email button.

  1. You will also have to confirm your Facebook password.
  2. A confirmation email will be sent to your email address, you need to click on the link in this email.

A confirmation email will be sent to your email address, you need to click on the link in this email.

Create your course group

  1. Click on the  Create Group button.

Click on the  Create Group button

  1. Select Within UQ from the Create Group drop down list.
  2. Create your course code, year and semester as the Group name.
  3. Select the Closed radio button.
  4. Click on the Create button.

Select Within UQ, group name, closed and Click Create button.

  1. Select an icon.
  2. Click on the OK button.

Select an icon. Click OK

  1. Click on the Add a description link.
  2. Type in a description of the purpose of the group and the communication guidelines.
  3. Optionally Add a Cover Photo.

Add a description and/ or cover photo.

  1. Click on the Settings icon.
  2. Select Edit group settings from the drop down menu.

Select settings icon and Edit Group Settings

  1. If you want to control who joins the group from Membership Approval select:
    • Any member can add members, but admin must approve them.

Note: This means you (or someone you have made a group administrator) will need to approve each student joining the group individually. If you do not have email from Facebook turned off, you will receive an email every time a student joins the group.

  Any member can add members, but admin must approve them.

  1. Click on the Customise Address button.
  2. Enter an email / web address name for the group.

Click on the Customise Address

  1. Copy the web address and publish it your Learn.UQ (Blackboard) course site so your students can find the group to join.
  2. Click on the Save button.

Accessing your group

  1. The group will show in the left hand panel of you home page.

The group will show in the left hand panel of you home page.

Instructions for how students join the group

Students can use the web address for the group you have added to your Learn.UQ course to access and join the group. If they are not already a member of the University of Queensland Groups for Schools they will need to join.

Student will need to select @uqconnect.edu.au this is an alternative format of their standard @uq.net.au. They should use enter the standard start of their email address i.e. sarah.smith4

Student will need to select @uqconnect.edu.au

Approving members

  1. Open your group.
  2. Select the tick icon for each member request.

Select the tick icon for each member request.

Adding administrators

You may wish to add other staff such as tutors as group administrators.

  1. Have the staff member join the group and approve them (see above).
  2. Select the Members tab.
  3. Find the required member by scrolling through the page or entering a name in the search box.
  4. Click the settings icon under the member you wish to add as an administrator.
  5. Click on Make Admin from the drop down list.

Select Members tab, find member, click settings icon, click make admin,

Turning off notifications

By default you will be sent an email everytime someone adds a new post to the group. To change this:

  1. Click on the Notifications button.
  2. Select Off from the drop down menu.

Click Notifications, Select off.