Blackboard (Faculty) - Groups: Create a Group

This document provides an overview of creating a group.

Groups allow smaller numbers of students to collaborate on course work. Only members of the group and the faculty can see the group work.

Group Types

There are two types of group creation options:

  • Single Group - create one group at a time.
  • Group Set - create multiple groups with same settings and titles.

Group Enrollment

There are three types of Group Enrollment to choose from:

  • Manual Enroll - allows you to assign each student to a group
  • Random Enroll - automatically distributes students based on number of students in each group or based on number of groups. This is only available in group sets.
  • Self Enroll - allows the student to select the group for themselves.

Create a Single Group

  1. From the Control Panel, click on Users and Groups, then click Groups.
  2. Click Create, then under "Single Group,"select Self-Enroll or Manual Enroll.
  3. Type in a group name and optional description.
  4. Select the tools that you wish for your students to access. 
  5. Self-enroll:
    "Sign-up Options" - Type in a name for the signup sheet and provide instructions.
    "Maximum Number of Members" - Type in the maximum number of student that you wish to sign up for this group. Once the maximum number of students have signed up, the group will no longer accept additional members. Students must then select a different group.  This option prevents group membership from being unbalanced.
    "Create smart view for this group" - Check this box if you wish a smart view to be added to the Grade Center for this group.
    NOTE: Students cannot un-enroll themselves from "self-enroll" groups.
    OR
    Manual-enroll
    :
    "Create smart view for this group" - Check this box if you wish a smart view to be added to the Grade Center for this group.
    "Membership" - Click the Add Users button. Check the box to the left of the students names to be added to this group. Click the Submit button when you have selected all the student.
  6. Click Submit at the bottom of the page.

Create a Group Set

  1. From the Control Panel, click on Users and Groups, then click Groups.
  2. Click Create, then under "Group Set," select Random Enroll, Self-Enroll or Manual Enroll.
  3. Type in a group name and optional description. This group name will be distributed among all the groups with a number. For example, if you select the name "Team" the groups will be named "Team 1," "Team 2," etc.
  4. Select the tools that you wish for your students to access.
  5. Random enroll:
    "Membership" - Determine the number of groups by the number of students per group or by the number of groups.
    For example, if you have 5 topics you would select "Number of groups" = 5. A course with 20 students would have 4 students in each group.  If you have one topic and you want no more than 3 students in a group, "Number of Students per Group" would be 3. A course with 20 students would have 7 groups (6 groups with 3 and one group with 2).
    Determine how to enroll any remaining members: Select the option for remaining members.
  6. Self-enroll:
    "Sign-up Options" - Type in a name for the signup sheet and provide instructions.
    "Maximum Number of Members" - Type in the maximum number of student that you wish to sign up for this group. Once the maximum number of students have signed up, the group will no longer accept additional members. Students must then select a different group.  This option prevents group membership from being unbalanced.
    "Number of Groups" - designate how many groups will be created.
    "Create smart view for this group" - Check this box if you wish a smart view to be added to the Grade Center for this group.
    NOTE: Students cannot un-enroll themselves from "self-enroll" groups.
    OR
    Manual-enroll
    :
    "Number of Groups" - designate how many groups will be created.
    "Create smart view for this group" - Check this box if you wish a smart view to be added to the Grade Center for this group.
    Students will be added in the next step.
  7. Click Submit at the bottom of the page.

How to Identify Individual Groups from Group Sets

Individual Group name vs. Group Set name


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Owner:Laura M.Group:Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Created:2015-07-30 15:00 CSTUpdated:2016-03-15 07:28 CST
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