Friday, December 03, 2010

Using Groups in Blackboard

Groups are used in Blackboard to divide your class into individual groups to facilitate group communication and interaction.

Common Uses for Groups:

  • Group Discussion Boards
  • Group Chat using the Virtual Classroom feature
  • Group File Exchange
  • Group Email
  • Group Blogs, Journals, and Wikis
  • Group Assignments
  • Limiting access to posted items or folders to certain Groups of people using the Blackboard Adaptive Release function.

How to create a Group

1. In your course, toggle Edit Mode at the top right to "On".

2.  At the bottom left, click "Groups" under "Users and Groups"

3.  Click the "Create Single Group" button > Manual Enroll  option to create a manually-populated group.

4.  In the "Group Name" box, enter the name of the group and an optional description:

5.  Check the group options you want to make available to the Group:

6.  Next, add users (students) to your group. To do this use the "membership" section to move students from the left box to the right box:

7. Once you have decided on the membership, click the "Submit" button at the bottom.

8. If later you want to go back to a group a edit the membership or add more students, click the >> Edit option to the right of the group name in your Groups list:

How Students access the Group

To access their group pages, students click the "Groups" link in the Course Menu on the left side of the course.

Students are only able to access Groups of which they are members.