Google Groups provide a means to receive email at a general (rather than personal) address. Email sent to the address is redirected to one or more individuals at their personal addresses, and not held in a central mailbox. Google Groups can also be used to assign permissions within Google, such as the ability to view a Google Calendar, Document, or Site.
Google Course Groups have all the features of Google Groups but are specifically used for a course. The student enrollment is kept up to date based on Banner registration for the course, and additional members, including those who do not have brown.edu addresses, can be added.
Google Groups are similar in functionality to a Listserv, but are more integrated into the GoogleApps@Brown environment. If you would rather have mail delivered to a centralized mailbox, see Shared Mailboxes. Comparison of Group Email Options.