Canvas: Use Clear Naming Conventions for Groups

Instead of using generic group names with numbers or letters, use a naming convention with your course's unique course code, an abbreviation or some other easily distinguished group name.

Once a student is a member of a group, a Groups button appears in their global navigation menu. It lists every group the student is a member of. Groups with generic names (e.g. Group A, Group 2) may result in confusion or duplication of group names across courses.

To help students clearly identify their groups between all of their courses, create group names specific to your course.


Poor Group Name

Strong Group Name

Research Group 1

HIST1001: Research Group 1

Literature Circle B

Faulkner: Literature Circle B

Peer Writing Group 3

Business Ethics: Peer Writing Group 3


Last modified

May 13, 2020