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Creating Groups in Blackboard

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Creating Groups in Blackboard

First determine where you want students to access the Groups i.e., content area. You can create a link from the left navigation, or you can place the link to the group (s) on an existing page, like Weekly Assignments ’ Week 3.

Assigning Students to a Group: Manually, or Randomly

Determine if you want to assign students to a group OR do you want Blackboard to randomly select students for each group.   In addition, determine the number of groups. Again Blackboard will do the math for you.

– Random – Manual

 


 

 

Creating Groups

Create formal groups of Students to collaborate on work. Groups can be created one at a time or in sets. The Instructor can manually select Group members or allow Students to self-enroll. Each Group has its own space, or homepage, with links to tools to help Students collaborate.

The Instructor can allow individual Group members to personalize their Group space with personal modules such as My Calendar and What’s New. The Instructor can equip the space with an assortment of tools to assist students as they collaborate. Only the Instructor and the Group members can access the Group tools. Tools that can be made available to a Group include the following:

 

  • Blogs: Users within the Group can post to the Blog and add comments.
  • Collaboration: Users within the Group can create and attend Chat sessions and Virtual Classroom sessions.
  • Discussion Board: Users within the Group can create and manage their own Forums.
  • Email: Users within the Group can email individual members or the entire Group.
  • File Exchange: Users within the Group and the Instructor can upload files to the Group space and organize them through the creation of folders.
  • Journals: Users within the Group can be assigned a private Journal that allows private communication between the Instructor and the User.
  • Tasks: Users within the Group can create Tasks that are distributed to all Group members.

Groups are created from the Groups page accessed from the Control Panel under Users and Groups. There are two Create options available: 

  • Create a Single Group. 
  • Create a Group Set. 

How to Create a Single Group

Online video tutorial for creating a Single Group: (Time: 02:45)

http://www.blackboard.com/quicktutorials/Bb9_Groups_Create_Groups_Add_Students.htm

1. On the Control Panel, click the Users and Groups button.

2. Under Users and Groups, select Groups.
3. On the Action Bar, click the Create Single Group button.

4. From the drop down menu, select Self-Enroll or Manual Enroll.
 
  1. Self-Enroll allows the students themselves to become members of groups by using a signup sheet that Instructors create for each course group.
  2. Manual Enroll involves the instructor selecting each member one at a time from a list of all the students in the course.
 
5. On the Create Group page, type a Name of the group and optional Description.

6. Next to Group Availability, select either the Yes radio button or select the Signup Sheet Only radio button.

7. In Section 2: Tool Availability: select the desired Tools available to the Group.

8. In Section 3: Module Personalization Settings, select the checkbox for Allow Personalization.  This will allow individual Group members to add Personal Modules to the Group Homepage. 

 

Note:Depending on what you select for Group type, you might see this in section 4. You must put a name in the indicated space even if you do not plan on allowing the students to do a Sign-up Sheet. 
In Section 4: Sign-up Option, type a name into Name of Sign-up Sheet.

 
9. In Section 4: Membership, select the Student(s) name from the Items to Select box list and click the right-pointing arrow to add name to Selected Items area

10. When finished, click the Submit button.  

 

How to Create a Group Set

Online video tutorial for creating group sets and adding students:  (Time: 2:30) http://ondemand.blackboard.com/r9/movies/Bb9_Groups_Create_Group_Sets.htm 

1. On the Control Panel, click the Users and Groups button.

2. Under Users and Groups, select Groups.
3. On the Action Bar, click the Create Group Set button. 

4. From the drop down menu, select Self-Enroll, Manual Enroll or Random Enroll.
 
  1. Self-Enrollment allows the students themselves to become members of groups by using a signup sheet that Instructors create for each course group.
  2. Manual Enrollment involves the instructor selecting each member one at a time from a list of all the students in the course.
  3. Random Enrollment Instructor allows the system to divide up all the members of the course among all the groups based on criteria chosen by the Instructor.
 
5. On the Create Enrollment Group Set page, type a Name and optional Description.

6. To make the groups available to the students, select the Yes radio button. 

7. In Section 2: Tool Availability: select the desired Tools available to the Group.

8. In Section 3: Module Personalization Settings, select the checkbox for Allow Personalization.  This will allow individual Group members to add Personal Modules to the Group Homepage.

9. In Section 4: Group Set Options, section for Manual Enroll, type the Number of Groups to create.

10. When finished, click the Submit button.  

11. A new window will appear.  In Section 3: Group Set Enrollments, determine if you want to randomize Enrollments OR manually add them to specific groups.

12. When finished, click the Submit button.  
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