Advanced Group Management

This helpguide will walk users through the process of creating, modifying, and removing groups from your Blackboard course.

Creating Groups

On the Control Panel menu, click to expand the Users and Groups section. Next, click the Groups link.

Select Groups on Control Panel

Two creation options are presented. Instructors can choose to create a single group or a group set.

1. If you would like to create a single group:

  • Click the Create Single Group button, and then choose Manual Enroll.

Manual enroll users in a single group

  • Give the group a name and set availability.

  • Select which tools are available within the group. Any tool not selected will not be available to users within the group page.

  • Finally, assign members to the group. To do so, select a user in the "Items to Select" column, and then click the small arrow pointing to the "Selected Items" column on the right.

Select group members

Note: You can select multiple users at once by holding the Control key (Ctrl) on your keyboard while selecting names.

  • Click Submit to create the group and assign members.

If you would rather allow students to self-enroll in groups you have created, follow the steps below:

  • Click the Create Single Group button, then choose Self-Enroll.

Self-Enroll

  • Assign the group name and tool availability. Next, create a Sign-up sheet for the group.


  • Provide a name that associates the sign-up area with the group.

If each group will be assigned unique topics or tasks, use the Instructions area to summarize subjects and responsibilities to help students choose between groups.

Assign a maximum number of members. Once this number has been reached, sign up is closed for this group.

You have the option to show or withhold a list of members already enrolled in each group before a user signs up.

Finally, select "Allow Students to Sign-up from the Groups Area," and then click submit.

Self-enroll options

2. To create a set of multiple groups with students randomly enrolled:

  • Click the Create Group Set button, then choose Random Enroll.

Click Random Enroll

  • Assign the set a name. The system will automatically number each group within the set for you. For example, a set named "Team" will create groups named "Team 1," "Team 2," and so on.

  • Make the group set available, as well as any tools you would like users to access.

  • There are two options for determining the size and number of groups.

Membership options selection

  • Number of students per group: For example, if you have 24 students and would like them to work in groups of 4, the system will create 6 groups.

  • Number of groups: If you would like to divide a class of 24 students into four groups, the system will assign 6 students randomly per group.

  • Finally, select a setting for how the system should distribute remaining members when the number of groups do not divide evenly among the total number of students. For example, if there are 26 students enrolled in a Course and the Number of Students per Group is set at four, the system will create six Groups with two remaining students. The remaining students can be distributed among the groups, so some groups will have more than the set number of members, be put into their own group, so an extra group will be created, or the Instructor can manually add them to a Group or Groups.

Note: Random group assignment applies only to students currently enrolled in the course. Any students adding the course late must be manually enrolled in a group.

Modifying a Group

1. On the Control Panel menu, click to expand the Users and Groups section. Next, click the Groups link.

Select Groups on Control Panel

2. This brings up a list displaying all of the groups you have created. Click the options button to the right of the group name, then choose Edit from the drop-menu.

Options menu for a group

3. Modify options as needed. Group name, tool availability, sign-up sheets, and member settings can all be modified at any time.

Removing a Group

1. On the Control Panel menu, click to expand the Users and Groups section. Next, click the Groups link.

Select Groups on Control Panel

2. Click the options button to the right of the group name, then choose Delete from the drop-menu.