Group Sets and Groups
Groups can be made once group sets are created. Selecting "Custom" group sets allow for the creation of groups by choosing the students in each group, randomly assigned groups can be made using the "randomly-assigned" group set, or use a "self-enrollment" set to allow students to pick their group.
On the top navigation menu of your course, select the Groups tab in the upper right. Groups and group sets that are made will appear on this tab. If there are not any group sets made, you will be prompted to create a group set.
Add a Group Set
To add a group set, Press the icon on the upper right side to add a new custom group set. A new group set panel will appear. Enter the title at the top left of the panel. Group sets can be set to visible by students by clicking on "hidden from students" in the upper right of the panel then by selecting "visible to students" from the drop down menu. This is necessary to be able to use the "self-enrollment" option. If the group is hidden to student, then selecting "self-enrollment will not be possible and it will appear in a light grey color. The dropdown menu next to "group student" has three options.
Custom: Create specific groups needed for that particular project or discussion
Randomly assigned: Blackboard's system will assign students at random based on set number of group members
Self-enrollment: Allow students the option to join a group of their choosing, with a limit on the number of students that can enroll in each group.
For Students - How to view members of a group?
To view members of a group, click the dropdown menu on the group and then click "show members". Then the members will appear to the right of the screen on a pop up list.
A pop up menu will appear and will show a list of the group members names. The search bar under the title of the group can be used to look for specific members by searching for their name. Under the search bar is the list of the students in the group.