You can use the Groups feature in Blackboard
to allow students to collaborate on projects, assignments, quizzes or any other
collaboration-based course work. This feature
provides private areas that students can use for discussions, chats, file
sharing and quick email access among group members.
2. Are there any special considerations in setting up group
Yes. The tools available through the Groups feature area are very similar to
the tools that are available at the “course” or "whole class"
level. Also, please note that there are three ways that students can join
Self Enrollment: This
the students themselves to become members of groups by using sign-up sheets
that the faculty can create for each group.
Manual Enrollment: This option requires the
faculty to select each member one at a time from a list of all the students in
Random Enrollment: This option is best suited for
multiple groups, whereby the faculty allows the system to divide up all the
members of the course among all the groups based on criteria chosen by the
faculty (as, for example, a certain number of students per group).
3. What access will I have as the Faculty Member to group
As faculty member, you can
contribute to the discussion forums, virtual classroom, and send e-mails to
group members. You will also have the ability to view activity
within a group without actually being added to the group.
4. I see I can export groups; will the students in the
groups be exported?
No, student information (their
names, activities, etc.) from groups will not be exported. Only the structure
of the groups (group names, settings, discussion forums, etc.) will be
exported. For more details, please refer to information pertaining to the Export Course feature of Blackboard.