Groups provide a way for members to connect with each other and share information around certain topics. Every CoLab has one or more groups.
By default, every user is automatically made a member of the Community group upon registration. Once you have an account, you can sign in and search for other groups to join.
Finding and joining a group
The Groups directory page shows all the groups that are available to join within a CoLab Community. To get to the Groups directory page, click on the link in the navigation menu under the banner image on any page.
Once you're on the Groups page, you can join any group by clicking on the orange Join Group button.
You'll be asked to confirm that you want to join the group you've selected. Click the green button to confirm your membership.
Viewing and sharing in a group
Groups in the CoLab Community are "open" by default. That means you can join any group you want, but any CoLab member can view or comment on something shared in a group even if they aren't a group member.
However, only group members can create new content in a group. So if you want to share a new post or resource with a specific group, you'll need to join the group first.
To view a particular group's content, just click the name of the group. A group's content is organized into the same sections as the site-level navigation menu (Feed, Forums, Members, Resources, All Groups, All Events). Click on a section name to take a look at the content in that section.
Other ways to view and share group content
You can create new group content directly from the CoLab homepage by using the Share box (see Creating Posts).
Because all groups in the CoLab are open by default, all group content is "rolled up" to the community-level in addition to being shared within the group. This is handy because it means you can browse group posts and resources by going right to the Feed, Forums and/or Resources sections of the CoLab homepage.
Of course, you can also view group content by going to the group itself (as outlined in the section above).