Working with Groups

Course groups allow instructors to create groups of students within a course. These course groups have their own area in to collaborate on course work, and these spaces are equipped with tools to assist in the collaborative process.

Getting Started With Groups (Acrobat Document – PDF)
A Blackboard Inc. Guide that you can download and print.

Creating A Group
Each group has its own space, or homepage, with links to tools to help students collaborate. Only the instructor and the group members can access the group tools.

Creating Group Sets
When naming a set of groups, the name of each group has a number added to it when they are first created. For example, a set of groups named “Research” results in groups named “Research 1,” “Research 2,” and “Research 3,” depending upon the number of groups in the set. You can edit the group names after they are created.

Creating Self-Enroll Groups
Self-Enroll allows students to add themselves to a group using a sign-up sheet.

Editing And Managing Groups
Editing allows you to add or remove members, as well as change its name, availability, and tools.

Adding Group Links To Content Areas
When you add a link to a specific group in a Content Area, all students will see the link, however, if the student is not a member of the group, he or she will not be able to access the group homepage.


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