With the Groups feature, users can now create a communication space in the Illinois app for friends and colleagues. People use Groups for messaging around a certain topic or between a certain number of people, posting announcements, hosting chats, and organizing meetups. Groups can also be used to publish events that show up in the app event calendar.
Any faculty or staff member can create a Group in Illinois app. The group administrators can then authorize students to be co-administrators. All users of the Illinois app can request membership in any public group that they see listed.
The Groups feature is now being pilot-tested in several units, including Student Affairs and Housing. Residence Halls will use Groups for messaging with residents starting in Q1 2022, replacing Facebook and Instagram.
Try it out: Go to Browse > Groups in the Illinois app.