Creating Groups in Blackboard Learn (Faculty)

Groups of students can be created within a course. These course groups have their own areas in a course to collaborate on coursework, equipped with tools to assist in the collaborative process. Group members can be manually selected or self-enrolled. Each group has its homepage to help students collaborate. Only instructors and group members can access the group tools

There are two group creation options:

  • Create a single group

  • Create a group set

 

About Group Enrollment Methods

Manual Enroll allows instructors to assign each student in a course to a group. Manual enrollment is available for both single groups and group sets.

Random Enroll is available for group sets only. It automatically distributes membership into groups based on a designated number of students per group or the designated number of groups. Random distribution applies only to students who are currently enrolled in a course. Additional students can be enrolled manually.

Self-Enroll allows students to add themselves to a group using a sign-up sheet. Self-enrollment is an option available for both single groups and group sets.

Students cannot unenroll themselves from groups.

 

How to Create a Single Group

  1. On the Control Panel, expand the Users and Groups section and click Groups.

  2. Access the Groups page and point to Create on the action bar.

  3. For Single Group, click Self-Enroll or Manual Enroll.

  4. On the Create Group page, type a name and optional description. Make the group visible to students.

  5. Select the check boxes for the course tools to be made available to the group.

  6. Click the Grade option and type Points possible for Blogs, Journals, and Wikis, if student submissions are to be graded.

  7. Select the check box for Allow Personalization to allow students to add personal modules to the group homepage. Only the group member who added the modules can view them.

  8. Optionally, select the check box to create a smart view for this group.

  9. For self-enroll Sign-up Options, type a name and provide instructions. Students should be told that they cannot unenroll themselves from groups. Type the Maximum Number of Members. Select any other options desired.

-OR-

For the manual enroll Membership section, search for and select students from the Add Users pop-up window.
 

The selected group members appear in the bottom area with a number showing the total count. Click the Show List function, represented by a full square, to open the Add Users area to view the selections. To remove a user, click the X.

username boxes are check, add users is highlighted  and the x's next to student names are highlighted

10. Click Submit.

The newly created group appears on the Groups listing page.

 

How to Create a Group Set

  1. Access the Groups listing page and point to Create on the action bar.

  2. For Group Set, click Self-Enroll, Manual Enroll, or Random Enroll.

Follow the same steps for creating a single group. Then, depending on the enrollment option chosen, use the following information:

  • For self-enroll Sign-up options, type a name and instructions. Students should be told that they cannot unenroll themselves from groups. Type the Maximum Number of Members. Select any other options to be included.

-OR-

  • For random enroll Membership section, type the Number of Students per Group to create or the Number of Groups. Select an option to Determine how to enroll any remaining members in the groups.

-OR-

  • For the manual enroll Group Set Options section, type the Number of Groups to create. On the next page, click Add Users for each group to make the selections.
     

The selected group members appear in the bottom area with a number showing the total count. Click the Show List function, represented by a full square, to open the Add Users area to view the selections. When the area is opened, the square icon collapses. To remove a user, click the X.

create dropdown is highlighted, the checkboxes for each user are highlighted, and add users is highlighted

Image to show how to add users or delete a group

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Article ID: 45062
Created
Fri 12/15/17 4:37 PM
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