Create an assignment for a group

What is it?

A Blackboard group assignment allows instructors to create a submission point where one single submission can be applied to a pre-determined group of students. Instructors can mark for the group as well as provide custom marks for specific students, and can leave feedback for the group as well as custom feedback for specific students. 

What does it do?

Blackboard allows students to complete and submit assignments as a team and receive accommodations, marks and feedback as an overall group or individually depending on the instructor’s choice.

What should I know?

Group assignments in Blackboard will allow a single student to submit work on behalf of the group.

Step 1: Create the basics for your assignment, using our main Blackboard Assignment guide.

Step 2: Click on the cog wheel next to Assignment Settings to go into the settings for the assignment.

Step 3: Click on the link for Assign to groups in the “Additional Tools” section near the bottom of the side panel.

Screenshot of settings with option to select assign to groups

Step 4: Click on the drop-down menu that says Custom and you will see a list of the groups you have already created. 

If you haven’t created your group yet, you can review our guide on creating groups.

Step 5: Once you have the correct group set selected, click Save at the bottom of the page. 

Screenshot of Groups page from Assignment with an arrow pointing to the drop-down menu to select a group set.

Step 6: Once you have the correct group set selected, click Save at the bottom of the page. 

That’s your assignment set up! Any student in the group will be able to submit on behalf of the group, and afterwards the rest of the group members will be able to review the submission. If you have allowed multiple attempts, anyone from the group will be able to make a subsequent submission.

Information on marking group assignments will be covered in the guide on assigning group grades in Blackboard assignments.

Updated on 17/04/2024

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