The newly-released updates to Title 5 regulations for online learning include a specific requirement of regular effective contact among students.
It’s time to move beyond discussions and embrace the wealth of benefits collaborative learning experiences provide to students (and instructors). C’mon, I dare ya!
A nice series from Carnegie Mellon University
Other helpful ideas and guidelines
I’ve developed a “plug ‘n’ play” module on using groups that you can include as a resource for your students. (It also has a list of all the Canvas Guides for instructors on using groups.) Do a search in the Canvas Commons for Group Project resources.