This is very similar to the Course email list option. The primary difference is that in Google Course Groups you can easily assign permissions to Google Documents and/or share Google Site access so students can collaborate online. Google Course Groups also differ from Course email lists in that they can support non-Brown account users. Faculty who co-teach with faculty at other institutions, or who have RISD or other students enrolled in the course, can add anyone to the Google Course Group with just that persons' email address.
Google Course Groups can also serve as announcement email lists (only the instructor can send out messages) or class discussion email lists (students enabled to send messages).
Log in here to access your Google Course Groups.