How To Add Group Assignments In Blackboard

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

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Note: In order to create a group assignment, the groups must be created prior to the group assignments. Learn how to create groups. Students can submit individually if they are the only member of a group. To enable individual submissions in addition to group submissions, lecturers must create a suffucient number of groups in the group set.

Creating assignments #

  1. (1) Edit mode must be switched on to create an assignment.
    From the course menu, choose which content area you want the assignment to be located. In this example, it will be located 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) and you can enter a description of the assignment (2) 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.
    Notice: The students will be able to hand in the assignment after the due date, it will however be mark as Late in the Grade Center.

Grading #

Under Grading you will find the following choice:

  • (1) Assign the maximum Points Possible for the assignment. 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)Rubric is a tool in Blackboard Learn to predefine grade criteries, which might be helpful in the evaluation process. For more information on how to use Rubric, check out the topic page for Blackboard.
  • (3), (4), (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.
  • (3) Plagirism Tools: SafeAssign is the current plagirism tool at NTNU, however it will be replaced by another plagirism tool - Urkund.

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.

Display of Grades #

Under Display of Grades you can choose how grades will appear in the Grade Center and to studens in My grades (1). You can also choose to include the assignment score in the Grade Center calcaltions (2), and choose not to show the grade to students in My grades (3).

Notice: The assignments in Blackboard Learn is only to be used as formative evaluation, and in accordance with the course description. Therefor, the display of grades-field should in most cases be set to Approved / Not approved. If you wish to have a digital final assessment in your course, you can make use of Digital exam.

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.

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 do not recommend you to use the Display Until-function as this also prevents the students that have a valid reason to hand-in late, to submit 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 it is located. Hover over the assignment, and click on the arrow that appears. Choose Edit and you will enter the editor where you have all the same options as when you created the assignment.

Handle late submission #

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.
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 do not recommend you to use the Display Until-function as this also prevents the students that have a valid reason to hand-in late, to submit their assignment.

Change Due Dates from the Course Calender #

Changing due dates is easily done from the Course Calendar.

See also #

Contact #

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

Group Work

Course Groups allow instructors to create groups of students within a course. These course groups have their own spaces equipped with tools to assist in the collaborative process.

Learn about the different ways you can deliver groups in your course and how to use the tool to your advantage: Groups [Best Practices].


All Users Groups
An easy to use tool to: view which groups students belong to, search for users, add multiple users to a group, and delete users from groups; in one place, on one screen.

Creating A Group
Each group has its own space, or homepage, with links to tools to help students collaborate. Only the instructor and the group members can access the group tools.

Creating Group Sets
When naming a set of groups, the name of each group has a number added to it when they are first created. For example, a set of groups named “Research” results in groups named “Research 1,” “Research 2,” and “Research 3,” depending upon the number of groups in the set. You can edit the group names after they are created.

Creating Self-Enroll Groups
Students add themselves to a group using a sign-up sheet.

Editing And Managing Groups
Editing allows you to add or remove members, as well as change its name, availability, and tools.

Adding Group Links To Content Areas
When you add a link to a specific group in a Content Area, all students will see the link, however, if the student is not a member of the group, he or she will not be able to access the group homepage.


Additional Assistance:

  • Call our Blackboard Help line 24 hours a day, every day at (213) 740-5555 and choose option 2.
  • Faculty can request help from USC’s Enterprise Learning Technologies group by submitting a request to blackboard@usc.edu.

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