Blackboard (Faculty) - Groups: Create Group Assignments

This document provides an overview of Group Assignment option in Blackboard's Assignment Tool.

Blackboard's Assignment can be set up to accept group submissions. With group submissions, only one member of the group submits the assignment on behalf of all of the members. Faculty then grade the one submission and the grade is distributed to all members of the group. Instructors have the option to change any individual member's grade if necessary.  

  • Create 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


  • Create a Blackboard Assignment
      1. Navigate to the course area or folder where you want to create the assignment.
      2. From the menu, click/hover over Assessments, then click Assignment.

        create assignment

      3. Type a name and instructions.

        Optionally, attach a file:
        In the Assignment Files section, attach a file using the Browse My Computer or Browse Content Collection button.

      4. On the Due Dates section, enter a date and time that assignment will be due. This will trigger notifications in the Planner and Global Navigation area. This does not set a release date.

      5. In the Grading Section, enter the point value for the assignment. This is a numeric number, not a percentage.

        Optionally, attach rubric:
        Attach a rubric for this assignment. See Create A Rubric for more information.

      6. Click on the Submission Details link.  Determine the Assignment type: Individual Submission, Group Submission, or Portfolio Submission.
        In the Number of Attempts, select Single Attempt, Multiple Attempts (enter number of attempts allowed in the box) or Unlimited Attempts.

        Submission details


        Optionally, set grading options:
        Click on the Grading Options link. Select Enable Anonymous Grading if students names are to be hidden, or Delegated Grading, if more than one grader is used.

        Optionally, set how grades are displayed in the Grade Center.
        Click the Display of Grades link. Select how you want the Primary and Secondary grades to be displayed in the Grade Center.
        These settings can also be set and changed from the Grade Center column.

      7. In the Availability Section, set the Display After and Display Until dates and times. This is the dates and times the assignment link is visible to your students.

      8. Click Submit at the bottom of the page.

Designate a Group Assignment

  1. Follow the steps above to create Groups in Blackboard and to create an Assignment.
  2. In the "Grading" section of the assignment, click on the Submission Details link.
  3. Click the Group Submission radio button.
    1. Two boxes will appear under the Group Submission selection: an "Items to Select" box on the left and "Selected Items" on the right. In the left box, you will see all available groups in your course (if you do not see groups here, you will need to create them). The right box will be blank at first. 
  4. From the left-hand "Items to Select" box, click on the name of the group that should be submitting the assignment, or click the Select All to select every group listed.
  5. With the appropriate group(s) selected/highlighted, click the right-pointing arrow in between the two boxes. This will move the groups from the left-hand "Items to Select" box to the right-hand "Selected Items" box.


  6. Click Submit at the bottom of the screen to save your changes.


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Keywords:blackboard, black board, bb, assignment, group assignment, group, collaboration   Doc ID:54556
Owner:Laura M.Group:Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Created:2015-07-31 14:31 CDTUpdated:2018-12-19 15:10 CDT
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