Creating Groups

Blackboard groups allow a set of students to meet online privately, collaborate on projects, share and exchange files (upload and review drafts), send group emails, and participate in discussion boards. Group assignment submissions can be graded. Wiki link for “Tips for Effective Group Collaboration” (
Create the Group

From Control Panel; Users and Groups; Groups, select either "Create a Single Group" (creates one group) or "Create a Group Set" (set up number of groups).
Now have option to either select “Manual Enroll” (you decide participants) or “Self-Enroll” (students can choose group to join)*; creating a Group Set also allows “Random Enroll”)

Manual Enroll: Select the users to be added to the group under Membership option. Self-Enroll: Includes a “sign up” sheet. Type in name and sign-up instructions
Name: type in a group name; enter a Description (e.g., you can enter the students names assigned to this group); Make Available Yes/No

Tool Availability

Select the tools that you want the group to access/use; e.g., Discussion Board, File Exchange. Blogs, Journals and Wikis provide the option to assign Grading Points

Single Group: click Submit

Group Set: Enter the number of groups to create; click Submit: The Edit Group Set page opens on this page ndividual group names can be assigned and participants for each group enrolled; click Submit

*The "Self-Enroll" option includes a "Sign-up sheet" that participants are to use when selecting group. Name the sheet and include instructions for participants. (Students access the sign-up sheet from Course Tools; Groups)


Setting up a Group Assignment (Video)