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Approximately two weeks before the start of each term, a Google Group is created for each course in Banner. These groups are maintained for 2 terms. You can use your class group to email all students enrolled in your course.

NOTE: Canvas mail forwards messages to and from PSU Gmail addresses, so you can now message your class (or selected students/groups) from the Canvas Inbox and get replies in both Canvas mail and PSU Gmail.

  1. Sign into your PSU Gmail account from
  2. Select the Google Groups icon from your Google Apps menu, or go directly to while logged into your PSU Google account.
  3. Click the Group for your course to open it.
  4. On the left of that screen, select About.
    Google Group About button.
  5. At the top of the About screen, under the full course title, copy the group email address:
    Google Group email address.
  6. Paste it into your Gmail message “to” address area.
    The format for the group email address is: course-[department abbreviation]-[course number]-[course section number]-[course year and four digit term code]

For more information, see the OIT article on Google Groups for Classes