Group Management in Blackboard

Group Management in the updated Blackboard is a much easier and more straightforward process than it has been in the past.

To access the Groups page, go to your class’ Control Panel > Users and Groups > Groups. You’ll come to the Groups Management page, where all the options can be found.

On this main page, you can now see not only the names of the groups, but also which (if any) group set they are a part of, how many enrolled members are in each group, and the basic settings of self vs. manual enrollment and availability. This expansion of available information makes management just a little easier.

The main groups screen has been enhanced with more options.

The main groups screen has been enhanced with more options.

Using the View Options dropdown menu, you can now expand this page to show even more options on a single page. By choosing “Show Tool Availability” you can see which tools each group has access to.  Especially for manually created groups, this makes confirming that they have access to the same tools much easier.

Tool availability for each group can be seen in a single page.

Tool availability for each group can be seen in a single page.

In the upper right corner, there are now two more options for viewing and editing groups.

  • Group Sets allows you to see and edit group sets you’ve created in bulk, which is much more convenient than editing each group individually.
  • All Users allows you to see your class list, their roles in the course, and which Groups they are enrolled in– great for confirming all students are in a group, especially when you’ve had some latecomers to the class who might otherwise get missed!

 

Figuring out which students are in which groups is much more straightforward using the Users link in the upper right corner.

Figuring out which students are in which groups is much more straightforward using the Users link in the upper right corner.

We’ll be sure to explore the group tool in another article (or two) here on TechTalk,  but if you’re interesting in learning more about how Groups work in Blackboard, you can check out Blackboard’s resources or, as always, contact Tom or Lily for one-on-one assistance.