Group Management in Blackboard

Audience: Faculty, Staff and Teaching Assistants

This KB Article References: User Management in Blackboard, Navigate/Manage Your Course on Blackboard
This Information is Intended for: Faculty, Staff, Teaching Assistants
Last Updated: March 22, 2017

What are Blackboard groups?

A group is a subset of students enrolled in a Blackboard course. Each group gets its own workspace, where members may privately collaborate on projects, share files, and communicate via e-mail. Only Instructors, Teaching Assistants, and Course Builders may create groups.

Which tools are available for group members?

Instructors may choose any or all of the following tools to be made available to group members:

  • Blogs (can be graded)
  • Collaboration (chat room and virtual classroom)
  • Discussion Board
  • E-mail
  • File Exchange
  • Journals (can be graded)
  • Tasks
  • Wikis (can be graded)

Where can I access Groups?

Instructors can access Groups by scrolling down to the Control Panel, clicking on Users and Groups and then clicking Groups.

Students can access Groups by clicking on Tools in their Course Menu or see a list of all groups they have access to at the bottom of their menu.



Group Resources

Creating and Managing Groups

Steps for creating and managing groups:

  • Creating Single Groups
  • Group Sets,
  • Self Enroll Groups (Sign up Sheets)
  • Random Enroll Groups
  • Manual Enroll Groups
Best Practices on Creating Groups Discusses the different types of Groups and enrollment methods.
Creating Group Assignments Creating assignments for your groups that allow you to evaluate the group as whole instead of individual participants.




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