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Faculty - Create a Group Set in Blackboard


Faculty - Create a Group Set in Blackboard


You have the ability to create Groups in Blackboard where you can create a Single Group or a Group Set. Additionally, you can manually or randomly assign students to a group or you can have students self-enroll. The Groups feature in Blackboard allows you to give students access to a number of different tools in Blackboard in one space. Below are directions for creating Groups in Blackboard. 

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 will have access to their own Blog where they can post and add comments.
  • Blackboard Collaborate Ultra: Users within the Group will have access to their own Blackboard Collaborate Ultra space where they can meet virtually. Blackboard Collaborate Ultra allows students to connect via video/audio.
  • Discussion Board: Users within the Group will have access to their own Discussion Board where they can create and manage their own Forums.
  • Email: Users within the Group can email individual members in their Group 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 will have access to 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.


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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