Blackboard - Groups and tools for group work
On this page you will find information about Blackboard's group function and tools for group work.
Norsk versjon - Blackboard - Grupper og verktøy for gruppearbeid
Groups in Blackboard #
Groups in Blackboard are areas within a course where students can collaborate using different tools such as wikis, forums or file sharing. Groups in Blackboard can also be used to make group assignments or other group related work.
If you want to learn more about how to create and manage groups, see the creating and editing group sets page.
You can find the groups by clicking Groups under Snarveier / Quick-links on the course front page. Note that instructors cannot be a member of a specific group, but you have access to all groups in the course.
You can also find the groups under Users and Groups in the course management menu.
Group Tools #
When you create a group you can choose which tools should be available to the group members. When a tool is available to a group, it will be in the Group Tools list on their respective Group Homepage. A group tool is only accessible to the group and the course lecturers, meaning a student has to be a part of a group to be able to collaborate using that group's wiki, blog, etc.
The list of tools includes:
- File Exchange
- Group Blog
- Group Journal
- Group Discussion Board
- Group Wiki
- Send Email
File Exchange #
With the file exchange tool, the group members can share files amongst themselves. You as an instructor can also upload files within a group. Note that it is not possible to create folders within the file exchange tool, so make sure the files are named in a descriptive way.
Group Blog #
The group blog tool has all the common functions of a blog. The group members can make new threads, make new posts, and comment on each others posts. You as an instructor can also do this. The blog is a great tool for collaboration between students, for example on group assignments or projects.
Group Journal #
The group journal is essentially the same as the group blog with the exact same functions. The only difference is the design, where the journal looks more like a notebook. A journal could be used for less formal things, for example as a group research diary, or group project diary.
Group Discussion Board #
The group discussion board is a forum where the group members can create forums where they can discuss course various topics. All group members can make new forums, create new threads inside the forum, and comment on these threads. You as an instructor can also do this.
Creating and using discussion forums
Group Wiki #
The group wiki is a place where group members can collaborate on texts by creating and editing their own wiki-pages.
The key feature of the wiki is that all changes are saved as new versions, and it is therefore possible to look through earlier versions of a page and compare the different versions with one another. As a group member a student can get an overview of their own contributions, see who last edited a page, and see the different versions of a page. As an instructor you can get an overview of who have made particular changes and how much each student has contributed. It is also possible for instructors to create and edit wiki-pages.
With the Collaborate tool the group gets a group room in Collaborate that they can use for collaboration e.g. in group projects. You as an instructor will also have access to this room.
How to use Collaborate
Send Email #
With this tool, group members can send emails to all individuals in the group. You as an instructor can also do this.
See Also #
- Blackboard Help - Group Tools
- Creating and using discussion forums
- Creating and editing group sets
- Overview of the Grade Center
- Video conferencing with Collaborate Ultra
- Sending email to students
Orakel Support Services can help if you have questions or if you encounter difficulties.