How can I use Groups in Blackboard?

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.

Are there any special considerations in setting up group resources?

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 a group:

  • Self Enrollment: This option allows 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 the course.
  • 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).

What access will I have as the Faculty Member to group work?

As faculty member, you can contribute to the group discussion forums 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.

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.

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Last Updated: 12/05/2016