If your instructor has created any groups for your class, these can be accessed by clicking on the Groups icon or link located on the main page of your Writing Studio class site.
On the Groups main page, you will find a listing of the groups to which you belong. Each group listing includes the group name, a short description, a listing of the group members, links to any group forums or wikis, and a link to the group's shared file folder. Keep in mind that even though your instructor might not actively participate in your group areas, he or she does have access them.
To use the group's forums, simply click on the appropriate forum link. From here, use the forum just like you would any other class discussion forum. The only real difference is that the group forums are limited to use by the group members only, rather than being available to the whole class. The same is true of the group wikis: access them by clicking the link on the groups main page and they are limited to group members only.
To use the group's file folder, simply click on the "File Folder" link on the main Groups page. From here, use the file folder just like you would the main class File Folder. The only real difference is that the group file folder is limited to use by the group members only, rather than being available to the whole class.
The other feature associated with the Groups is that through the class Email List, you can send an email that is limited to the members of your group. From the class site main page, click on the Email List icon or link. From the "To:" drop down menu of your email form, simply select your group and the email will be delivered to all of your group members.