(https://help.blackboard.com/Learn/Instructor/Interact/Course_Groups/Create_Groups#create-a-single-group_OTP-2)

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You can create groups, enroll students in groups, and edit or delete groups in your Blackboard course.

  • Groups can be created one at a time or in sets. After you create a group, you can edit the group’s tools, name, availability, and members.
  • Each group has its own homepage with links to tools to help students collaborate. Only you and group members can access the group tools.

Group enrollment methods

You can enroll students in groups in three ways. Students can’t unenroll themselves from groups.

  • Manual Enroll allows you to assign each student in your course to a group. Manual enrollment is available for both single groups and group sets.
  • Random Enroll is available for group sets only. It automatically distributes students into groups based on your settings for maximum members per group or total number of groups. Random distribution applies only to students who are currently enrolled in your course. You can enroll additional students manually.
  • Self-Enroll allows students to add themselves to a group with a sign-up sheet. Self-enrollment is an option available for both single groups and group sets.

Access groups

Students can access groups in two ways:

  • In a new course, select “Groups” link in the left course menu.
  • In the course menu, go to Tools > Groups.

Create a single group

  1. On the Groups page, select Create.
  2. In the Single Group list, select Self-Enroll or Manual Enroll.
  3. Type a name and optional description. Make the group visible to students.
  4. Select the check boxes for the course tools you want to make available to the group.
  5. If you want to grade student submissions for blogs, wikis, and journals, select the Grade option and type Points possible.
  6. Select the check box for Allow Personalization to let students add personal modules to the group homepage. Modules are only visible to the group member who added them.
  7. Optionally, select the check box to create a smart view for this group.

Enroll students in a group

  1. If you chose Self-Enroll, type a name and provide instructions. You might tell students that they can’t unenroll themselves from groups. Type the Maximum Number of Members and select any other options you want to include.

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If you chose Manual Enroll, search for and select students from the Add Users pop-up window.

Your selected group members appear in the bottom area with a number showing the total count. Select the Show List icon, represented by a full square, to open the Add Users area to view your selections. To remove a user, select the X next to their name.

  1. Select Submit.

The newly created group appears on the Groups listing page.


Create a group set

  1. On the Groups page, select Create.
  2. In the Group Set list, select Self-Enroll, Manual Enroll, or Random Enroll.

Use the same steps as creating a single group. Then, based on the enrollment option you choose, you can choose from these:

  • Self-Enroll: Type a name and instructions for the group. Enter the Maximum Number of Members and select any other options you want to include.
  • Random Enroll: Type the Number of Students per Group or the Number of Groups you want to create. Select an option to Determine how to enroll any remaining members in the groups.
  • Manual Enroll: Type the Number of Groups to create. On the next page, select Add Users for each group to make your selections.

Your selected group members appear in the bottom area with a number showing the total count. Select the Show List icon, represented by a full square, to open the Add Users area to view your selections. To remove a user, select the Xnext to their name.