My university has G Suite, and creates some G Suite lists, e.g.,
C-ABC123-Fall2019@example.com, which has all students enrolled in the course ABC123 in Fall, 2019. The G Suite domain is there, rather than
example.com. The admins set up the lists (I don't manage them, as I'm just a prof). They work to email all the students (Gmail) and to control access to Google Docs. Very practical for that...
However, now I want a discussion forum of any kind that is limited to such groups and I have hit snags. Here's what I tried so far:
- Google Groups (the "free" way I used to use before we had G Suite) won't accept the invite list, even though they exist and it recognizes them. I get the error:
Some addresses are groups, but groups may not be added to other groups.when I try to add the groups. Obviously I don't have the emails of the 150+ students on all these groups, nor do I want to manage that to add them individually.
- I set up a Google Classroom (within G Suite) since students can all contribute to the "stream," but it has the same limitation as above when you try to add students. It doesn't like that I try to add the groups of students.
I know I could create a Google Doc called "Forum" and ask people to make comments. But that's gonna be chaotic. What am I missing?
Is there a Google forum alternative that will accept those group definitions for permissions/invites?