Blackboard - Creating group assignments

This page shows you how to create and edit group assignments.

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NB! The difference between creating an assignment and a group assignment, is the choice you make in submission details.

Group assignments #

In order to create a group assignment, the groups must be created prior to the group assignments. Learn how to create groups. 

If you want to allow individual submissions in addition to group submissions you must create a sufficient number of groups in the group set, because the students who want to submit individually must be the only member of a group. Create group sets with self-enroll. Learn how to create group sets with self-enroll.

Creating assignments #

  1. Edit mode (1) must be switched on to create an assignment.

    From the course menu, choose where you want the assignment to be located. In this example, we will put it in Course work. Click on the link (2) and you will enter the content area.

  2. You will see a menu bar just below the title. Hover over Assessments to see the options. Choose Assignment to start:

Assignment Information #

You have now entered the editor. Under Assignment Information you have to give the assignment a Name (1). If the assignment is mandatory, it should be included in the name. Under Instructions (2) you can enter a description of the assignment in the text editor below.



Assignment Files #

If you wish to add a file to the assignment you can do so under Assignment Files. Simply choose to Browse My Computer or Browse Content Collection.



Due Date #

When you choose a Due Date, two things happens:

  • (1) The assignment will be added to the Course Calendar.
  • (2) Students will get notifications about the assignment, both on NTNUs-Blackboard webpage and in the Blackboard smartphone app.

    NB! The students will be able to hand in the assignment after the due date, it will however be marked as Late in the Grade Center.



Grading #

Under Grading you will find the following choices:

  • (1) Assign the maximum Points Possible for the assignment. For assesments evaluated with approved/ Not approved, the maximum Points Possible should be set to the numeric value 1.
    1 = approved and 0 = Not approved.
  • (2) You can add a Rubric to the assignment.
    For more information on how to use rubrics, check out: Using rubrics.
  • Submission Details (3), Grading Options (4) and Display of Grades (5) Click on the title to expand the content.

Submission Details #

Select options about the student submissions:

  • (1) Assignment Type:
    • (A) Select Group Submission to create an group assignment.
    • (B) In the Items to Select-box, select the group or groups to receive this assignment.
    • (C) Select the right arrow to move the selected groups into the Selected Items-box.
      Tips: To select multiple groups at once on a Windows computer, press and hold the Ctrl key and select each group. To select groups out of a sequence, press and hold the Shift key and select the first and last group in the sequence. For Mac users, press the Command/ key instead of the Ctrl key.
  • (2) Number of Attempts: Allow single, multiple, or unlimited attempts. If you select more than one attempt, you can also decide which attempt to use in the Grade Center. We recommend you to select more than one attempt, which allows the students to start a new attempt if they, for example, accidentally have handed in the wrong file.

Grading Options #

The Grading Options gives you the opportunity to:

  • Enable Anonymous Grading, which hides the student names during grading, making them anonymous.
  • Enable Delegated Grading, which allows you to divide the grading task amoung student assistants or other graders. Read more about delegated grading here: Delegated grading.

Display of Grades #

Under Display of Grades you can choose how grades will appear in the Grade Center and to students in My grades (1). You can also choose to include the assignment score in the Grade Center calculations (2), and choose if you want to show the grade to students in My grades (3).

NB! The assignments in Blackboard Learn is only to be used for formative evaluations, and in accordance with the course description. Therefore, the Display of Grades-field should in most cases be set to Approved / Not approved. If the assignment you wish to make counts towards the students' final grade, it should be made in Inspera. Read more about Inspera and digital exams here.

Availability #

Under Availability you can choose if the assignment should be available to students (1). If you would like to make the assignment available on a specific day, enter the date in the Display After row of Limit Availability (2).

If you would like to make the assignment unavailable after a specific date, for example make late submissions impossible, enter the date in the Display Until row. However, we recommend that you don't use the Display Until-function as this also prevents the students that have a valid reason to hand-in late from submitting their assignment.

When you have finished, click on Submit to create the assignment.



Editing assignments #

If you want to edit an assignment, enter the content area where it is located. Hover over the assignment, and click on the arrow that appears (1). Choose Edit (2) and you will enter the editor where you have all the same options as when you created the assignment.



Handle late submissions #

The students will be able to hand in the assignment after the due date, but it will be marked as Late in the Grade Center.

If you would like to make late submissions impossible, you have the opportunity to make the assignment unavailable after a specific day. Use the Availability tool, and enter the due date in the Display Until row. However, we recommend you don't use this function as this also prevents the students that do have a valid reason to submit after the due date.

Change Due Dates from the Course Calender #

Changing due dates is also easily done from the Course Calendar. Learn how to do it here:
Changing due dates in the Course Calendar.

Plagiarism control #

Urkund compares a submission with previously submitted texts and answers to assignments at NTNU and texts available via sources on the internet. The system performs an analysis and compiles a report indicating similarity in percentage (hit percentage) between the submitted text and texts in other sources. The report provides direct reference to sources and text in sources that have similarities.

If you want to learn more about how to use Urkund, click here: Plagiarism - using the Urkund web-inbox

See also #

Contact #

Orakel Support Services can help if you have questions or if you encounter difficulties.

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