About Community Groups

What Is a Community Group (CG)?

EDUCAUSE Community Groups are open, online communities where professionals learn, share, and network with each other around similar topics and interests. Groups interact throughout the year via online discussion forums, and most meet in-person at the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference and/or the ELI Annual Meeting. Currently over 60 CGs exist, with over 50,000 subscribers.

Operating Principles

  • Community groups are driven by participant interest and energy. Each group has a CG leader, who may direct and encourage discussion but does not regulate postings. The CG leader also works with EDUCAUSE staff to resolve any administrative or philosophical issues.
  • CGs are self-subscribed and open to both members and nonmembers to encourage wide involvement of interested professionals.
  • Corporate and media representatives are welcome to participate and contribute to professional understanding of issues under discussion. Lists are not to be used as marketing forums. In case of competing interests, priority will be given to those of institutional members. Please review the Participation Guidelines for more information.
  • CG participant lists are not published or otherwise made available either publicly or for purchase.
  • The level of interest in most groups will fluctuate year to year. Staff periodically review activity patterns and encourage consolidation of groups whose interests have merged or retiring inactive groups.
  • CG postings are indexed and archived in a publicly searchable format in keeping with the association's commitment to open sharing of ideas, issues, and practices involving information technology in higher education. This allows quick review of past group discussions.
 

 

How to Join, Update Your Preferences, or Leave a CG

To Join a Group:

  • Visit the group's web page.
  • Click the Join/Leave button to connect to the CG's subscription form.*
  • Enter your name and email address, and select a subscription type.
  • Click the Join [CG] button at the bottom of the form. A confirmation request will be sent to you via email with instructions on how to complete your CG subscription.

To Update Your Preferences:

  • Visit the group's web page.
  • Click the Join/Leave button to connect to the CG's subscription form.
  • Modify the form accordingly.
  • Click on the Update Options button at the bottom of the form.

To Leave a Group:

  • Visit the group's web page.
  • Click the Join/Leave button to connect to the CG's subscription form.
  • Click Leave [CG] at the bottom of the form.
Sample CG subscription form
*Sample CG subscription form

Ways to Engage in a Community Group

All CG participants communicate via an unmoderated discussion forum; however, many groups also provide additional communication, networking, and learning opportunities. Get engaged by:

  • Posting CG topic-related news, issues, policies, practices, questions, and solutions in online discussion forums
  • Attending CG topic-related webinars
  • Meeting in person at our annual events and/or during virtual meetups
  • Publishing resources and white papers in the topic area
  • Joining the CG Peer Mentoring Program
 

 

Forming a New CG

You can suggest a new CG by filling out the EDUCAUSE Community Group Request form. EDUCAUSE staff will review the request before approving the group. Considerations include confirming need (and making sure it's not being met elsewhere), sufficient interest, group leadership, etc.

 

 

CG Leadership

For those who want to become more involved in community groups, consider joining a CG steering committee or becoming a CG leader.

Becoming a CG Leader

CG Leaders are typically recruited by outgoing leaders or EDUCAUSE staff. They must be employed at an EDUCAUSE member institution. Volunteers may be solicited via the community group list, a group's steering committee, or via direct invitation. Find out more about the CG Leader role and responsibilities.