How To Setup Group Assignments In Blackboard

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You can create a group assignment and release it to one or more groups within your course. Each group submits one collaborative assignment and all members receive the same grade. You can create a single assignment and assign it to all groups, or create several unique assignments and assign them to individual groups. Only you and the members in a group have access to the assignment.

The overall grade for an assignment can appear to users as a numeric value, letter grade, percentage, text, or as complete/incomplete. You can choose the primary display for the group assignment column created automatically in the Grade Center.

Before You Begin

  • A course group must exist prior to creating group assignments for it.
  • Students who are enrolled in more than one group receiving the same assignment will be able to submit more than one attempt for this assignment. You may need to provide these students with an overall grade for the assignment.
  • Students who are not enrolled at the time that a group assignment has been submitted do not have access to that submission. These students can see only that the submission occurred.
  • Students who you remove from a group cannot see the group assignments. They can access their submissions from My Grades.
  • If you edit the assignment between creation and the due date, the entire group may lose any work already in progress.
  • If you delete a group from the assignment after they have begun the work and prior to submission, they will lose access to the assignment and lose their work

How to Create a Group Assignment

In your course content area select Assignment from the Assessment action menu. Follow Creating an Assignment instructions. In the Submission Details section, make sure to select the option for “Group” and select which groups would have access to the assignment. 

In the following example, the group assignment appears in the Assignments content area where it was created and on the group homepage. The following image shows the instructor view.

About Multiple Attempts

You can allow students to submit their work for a group assignment more than once. The group can receive feedback and a grade for each submission.

When you allow multiple attempts for an assignment, you can also select which attempt to use in the Grade Center from the Score attemptsusing drop-down list.

Group Work

Course Groups allow instructors to create groups of students within a course. These course groups have their own spaces equipped with tools to assist in the collaborative process.

Learn about the different ways you can deliver groups in your course and how to use the tool to your advantage: Groups [Best Practices].


All Users Groups
An easy to use tool to: view which groups students belong to, search for users, add multiple users to a group, and delete users from groups; in one place, on one screen.

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
Students 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.


Additional Assistance:

  • Call our Blackboard Help line 24 hours a day, every day at (213) 740-5555 and choose option 2.
  • Faculty can request help from USC’s Enterprise Learning Technologies group by submitting a request to blackboard@usc.edu.
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