Groups Tool

The Group Pages within Blackboard are often used to provide instructors and students with a place in Blackboard where they can share files, conduct asynchronous discussions, plan for presentations, and email each other. Blackboard 9.1 has made creating groups much easier including the options to create Group Sets (multiple groups created at once) and Group Sign-up Sheets. Instructors can now create:

Instructors can also enable Group Settings to allow for students to create groups within a course without the Instructor. This feature is new in Blackboard 9.1.

Once Groups are created in Blackboard 9 they can be applied to other tools within the system including Blogs, Wikis, Assignments, Discussions, and Adaptive Release.

Creating a Single Manual Enrollment Group

Creating Single Manual Enrollment Groups is effective for creating one or two groups particularly in smaller classes where the Instructor wishes to distribute Students into groups. The instructions here-in outline the process of creating a Single Manual Enrollment Group.

Video Tutorial

Quick Start Instructions

To Create a Manual Enrollment Group:

  1. Click on the Groups link under Users and Groups in the Course Management menu.
  2. On the Groups Page, roll your mouse over Create Single Group to reveal the Self-Enroll and Manual Enroll options.
    • Self-Enroll allows instructor to create “signup sheets” allowing students to select their own groups while at the same time limiting how many students can enroll in each group.
      (See the Creating a Self-Enrollment Group tutorial.)
    • Manual Enroll allows the instructor to create groups as assign students to each group.
  3. Select Manual Enroll.
  4. In Option 1 Group Information,
    image illustrating Option 1 Group Information for creating a Manual Enrollment Group
    1. Type a Name for the group. (required)
    2. Type a Description for the group. (optional)
      Note: The Description area is a great place to not only outline the purpose of the group but also to reiterate things like code of conduct, team expectations, and grading rubrics.
    3. Select a Group Available Option. (required)
      • Yes (default)
      • No
  5. In Option 2 Tool Availability, select the tools the group members should have access to as part of their group work. Options include:
    • Blogs – provides the students with access to a place to post updates to the group and document group process among other uses. These can be graded.
      See Grading Group Blogs for additional information.
    • Discussion Board – provides the Students with access to a place to document offline conversations. The group members have control over the creation of forums within this area. The Instructor can review and post to Group Discussion Boards as well.
    • Email – provides the Students and the Instructor with a “group” email which when selected will email all students in the group not just an individual.
    • File Exchange – provides an area within Groups in Blackboard for students to upload and share documents. Great for versioning, students can download, modify, and then upload the document with a new or versioned name to the File Exchange.
    • Journals – provides each student within the group access to a private location on which to reflect on the group process or individual learning among other uses. These can be graded.
      See Grading Group Journals for additional information.
    • Wikis – provides the students with access to a place to document group process and/or collaborate on the construction of a group process among other uses. These can be graded.
      See Grading Group Wikis for additional information.
  6. In Option 3 Module Personalization Setting, select (default) or deselect the check box for Allow Personalization of the group space modules.
  7. In Option 4 Membership,
    Image illustrating Option 4 Membership in creating a Manual Enrollment Group
    1. Select the individual(s) who should belong in this group from the Items to Select column.
      Note: To select multiple individuals, use Shift + click to select students in sequence. Use Control + click for PC or Command + click for Mac to select miscellaneous users.
    2. Click the right arrow button to move the names to the Selected Items column.
  8. Click [Submit] to create the single manual enrollment group.

Resources

    • Click here for a PDF verion of the Quick Start Instructions.
Creating a Single Self-Enrollment Group

Creating Single Self-Enrollment Groups is effective for creating one or two groups particularly in smaller classes where students are empowered to make choices and encouraged to work together. The instructions here-in outline the process of creating a Self-Enrollment Group.

Video Tutorial

    • Click here to view a video on creating single groups produced by Blackboard.

Quick Start Instructions

To Create a Self-Enrollment Group:

  1. Click on the Groups link under Users and Groups in the Course Management menu.
  2. On the Groups Page, roll your mouse over Create Single Group to reveal the Self-Enroll and Manual Enroll options.
    • Self-Enroll allows instructor to create “signup sheets” allowing students to select their own groups while at the same time limiting how many students can enroll in each group.
    • Manual Enroll allows the instructor to create groups as assign students to each group.
      (See the Creating a Single Manual Enrollment Group Tutorial.)
  3. Select Self-Enroll.
  4. In Option 1 Group Information,
    Image illustrating Option 1 Group Information for creating a Self-Enrollment Group
    1. Type a Name for the group. (required)
    2. Type a Description for the group. (optional)
      Note: The Description area is a great place to not only outline the purpose of the group but also to reiterate things like code of conduct, team expectations, and grading rubrics.
    3. Select a Group Available Option. (required)
      • Yes (default)
      • No
      • Sign-up Sheet Only
        Note: By selecting Sign-up Sheet Only, students are allowed to enroll in a group but are denied access to the group space until the instructor approves the group roster and makes the group available.
        Important: If this option is used it will be important to let the students know that once they enroll in the group they will receive an “error message” indicating that the group is not available.
  5. In Option 2 Tool Availability, select the tools the group members should have access to as part of their group work. Options include:
    • Blogs – provides the students with access to a place to post updates to the group and document group process among other uses. These can be graded.
      See Grading Group Blogs for additional information.
    • Discussion Board – provides the Students with access to a place to document offline conversations. The group members have control over the creation of forums within this area. The Instructor can review and post to Group Discussion Boards as well.
    • Email – provides the Students and the Instructor with a “group” email which when selected will email all students in the group not just an individual.
    • File Exchange – provides an area within Groups in Blackboard for students to upload and share documents. Great for versioning, students can download, modify, and then upload the document with a new or versioned name to the File Exchange.
    • Journals – provides each student within the group access to a private location on which to reflect on the group process or individual learning among other uses. These can be graded.
      See Grading Group Journals for additional information.
    • Wikis – provides the students with access to a place to document group process and/or collaborate on the construction of a group process among other uses. These can be graded.
      See Grading Group Wikis for additional information.
  6. In Option 3 Module Personalization Setting, select (default) or deselect the check box for Allow Personalization of the group space modules.
  7. In Option 4 Sign-up Options,
    Image illustrating Option 4 Sign-up Options for creating Single Signup Group
    1. Type Name of Sign-up Sheet. (required)
    2. Type Sign-up Sheet Instructions. (optional)
    3. Enter a Maximum Number of Members into the blank field. (optional)
    4. Select the Show Members checkbox if you wish to allow Students to see the names of other members of the group before they sign-up. (unchecked by default)
    5. Select or deselect to checkbox to Allow Students to sign-up from the Groups listing page. (checked by default)
    Note: Activating this option will enable the Instructor to place a link to the sign-up sheet anywhere within the course. One example of where an Instructor might place this link is in the Assignments Content Area or within a Content Area containing the course materials for the week students are scheduled to sign up for groups.
    Important: Sign-up sheets are available from the Groups page located in Tools. A link to either the Tools link or directly to the Groups page must be available, ideally from the Course Menu, for students to be able to access the Sign-up Sheets.
  8. Click [Submit] to create the single self-enrollment group.

Resources

    • Click here for a PDF verion of the Quick Start Instructions.

 

Creating a Manual Enrollment Group Set

Creating a Manual Enrollment Group Set is effective for creating multiple groups for larger classes where the Instructor wishes to distribute Students into groups. The instructions here-in outline the two step process of creating a Manual Enrollment Group Set.

Quick Start Instructions

To Create a Manual Enrollment Group Set:

Step 1: Create Group Set

  1. Click on the Groups link under Users and Groups in the Course Management menu.
  2. On the Groups Page, roll your mouse over Create Group Set to reveal the Self-Enroll, Manual Enroll, and Random Enroll options.
    • Self-Enroll allows instructor to create “signup sheets” allowing students to select their own groups while at the same time limiting how many students can enroll in each group.
      (See the Creating a Self-Enrollment Group Set tutorial.)
    • Manual Enroll allows the instructor to create groups as assign students to each group.
    • Random Enroll allows the instructor to reduce bias and time setting up groups by letting Blackboard randomly place students in groups. (See the Creating a Random Enrollment Group Set tutorial.)
  3. Select Manual Enroll.
  4. In Option 1 Group Information,
    Image illustrating Option 1 Group Information for creating a Manual Enrollment Group Set
    1. Type a Name for the group. (required)
    2. Type a Description for the group. (optional)
      Note: The Description area is a great place to not only outline the purpose of the group but also to reiterate things like code of conduct, team expectations, and grading rubrics.
    3. Select a Group Available Option. (required)
      • Yes (default)
      • No
  5. In Option 2 Tool Availability, select the tools the group members should have access to as part of their group work. Options include:
    • Blogs – provides the students with access to a place to post updates to the group and document group process among other uses. These can be graded.
      See Grading Group Blogs for additional information.
    • Discussion Board – provides the Students with access to a place to document offline conversations. The group members have control over the creation of forums within this area. The Instructor can review and post to Group Discussion Boards as well.
    • Email – provides the Students and the Instructor with a “group” email which when selected will email all students in the group not just an individual.
    • File Exchange – provides an area within Groups in Blackboard for students to upload and share documents. Great for versioning, students can download, modify, and then upload the document with a new or versioned name to the File Exchange.
    • Journals – provides each student within the group access to a private location on which to reflect on the group process or individual learning among other uses. These can be graded.
      See Grading Group Journals for additional information.
    • Wikis – provides the students with access to a place to document group process and/or collaborate on the construction of a group process among other uses. These can be graded.
      See Grading Group Wikis for additional information.
  6. In Option 3 Module Personalization Setting, select (default) or deselect the check box for Allow Personalization of the group space modules.
  7. In Option 4 Group Set Options, enter the Number of Groups to be created in the field provided.
    Note: This can be as many or as few groups as the Instructor would like. For example, if an Instructor wanted each student to have their own place to post files to share with the instructor or to share with themselves and there are 20 students in the class, it is possible to create 20 groups to which the Instructor could manually assign each student to a group.
  8. Click [Submit] to advance to the Edit Group Set Enrollments screen.

Step 2: Edit Group Set Enrollments

  1. Review the content in Option 1 Group Set Information.
  2. In Option 2 Group Set Members Filter Options, select or deselect the checkboxes for the Filter Available Members options.
    • Show All Course Roles in the Available Member List is unchecked by default so Instructors and TAs do not appear in Items to Select. Technically, neither Instructors nor TAs should not need to be added to a group as they can see the groups as a result of their roles in the course.
    • Remove Members already in a Group from the Available Members List is checked by default. This makes it easier to see which Students have been added to a group and which have not. (recommended)
  3. In Option 3 Group Set Enrollments,
    Image illustrating Option 3 Group Set Enrollments
    1. Review to make sure the appropriate number of groups has been created.
    2. If desired, modify the name of each group.
    3. In the first group, select a User(s) from the Items to Select column.
      Note: Shift + Click keystroke/mouse actions can be used to select Users in sequence. To select miscellaneous users from the list, use Control + Click for the PC or Command + Click for the Mac.
    4. Click the right arrow button to move the User(s) to the Selected Items column.
    5. Repeat b – d to add User(s) to the remaining groups.
      Note: If you selected the option to Remove Members already in a Group from the Available Members, the number of Users in the Items to Select column should decrease after each groups of Users is selected.
    Note: Clicking [Randomize Enrollments] will result in Blackboard automatically distributing users into each of the groups. Using this tool can reduce the manual nature of adding students to groups.
  4.  Click [Submit] to finalize the creation of the groups.
    Note: Once created, individual groups can be edited from within the Groups area under Users and Groups in the Course Management Menu.

Resources

    • Click here for a PDF verion of the Quick Start Instructions.

 

Creating a Self-Enrollment Group Set

Creating a Self-Enrollment Group Set is effective for creating multiple groups for larger classes where Students are empowered to place themselves into groups. The instructions here-in outline the process of creating a Self-Enrollment Group Set.

Video Tutorial

Quick Start Tutorial

To Create a Self-Enrollment Group Set:

  1. Click on the Groups link under Users and Groups in the Course Management menu.
  2. On the Groups Page, roll your mouse over Create Group Set to reveal the Self-Enroll, Manual Enroll, and Random Enroll options.
    • Self-Enroll allows instructor to create “signup sheets” allowing students to select their own groups while at the same time limiting how many students can enroll in each group.
    • Manual Enroll allows the instructor to create groups as assign students to each group.
      (See the Creating a Manual Enrollment Group Set tutorial.)
    • Random Enroll allows the instructor to reduce bias and time setting up groups by letting Blackboard randomly place students in groups. (See the Creating a Random Enrollment Group Set tutorial)
  3. Select Self-Enroll.
  4. In Option 1 Group Information,
    Image illustrating Option 1 Group Information for Self-Enrollment Group Sets
    1. Type a Name for the group. (required)
    2. Type a Description for the group. (optional)
      Note: The Description area is a great place to not only outline the purpose of the group but also to reiterate things like code of conduct, team expectations, and grading rubrics.
    3. Select a Group Available Option. (required)
      • Yes (default)
      • No
      • Sign-up Sheet Only
        Note: By selecting Sign-up Sheet Only, students are allowed to enroll in a group but are denied access to the group space until the instructor approves the group roster and makes the group available.
        Important: If this option is used it will be important to let the students know that once they enroll in the group they will receive an “error message” indicating that the group is not available.
  5. In Option 2 Tool Availability, select the tools the group members should have access to as part of their group work. Options include:
    • Blogs – provides the students with access to a place to post updates to the group and document group process among other uses. These can be graded.
      See Grading Group Blogs for additional information.
    • Discussion Board – provides the Students with access to a place to document offline conversations. The group members have control over the creation of forums within this area. The Instructor can review and post to Group Discussion Boards as well.
    • Email – provides the Students and the Instructor with a “group” email which when selected will email all students in the group not just an individual.
    • File Exchange – provides an area within Groups in Blackboard for students to upload and share documents. Great for versioning, students can download, modify, and then upload the document with a new or versioned name to the File Exchange.
    • Journals – provides each student within the group access to a private location on which to reflect on the group process or individual learning among other uses. These can be graded.
      See Grading Group Journals for additional information.
    • Wikis – provides the students with access to a place to document group process and/or collaborate on the construction of a group process among other uses. These can be graded.
      See Grading Group Wikis for additional information.
  6. In Option 3 Module Personalization Setting, select (default) or deselect the check box for Allow Personalization of the group space modules.
  7. In Option 4 Sign-up Options,
    Image illustrating Option 4 Sign-up Options for creating a Self-Enrollment Group Set
    1. Type Name of Sign-up Sheet. (required)
    2. Type Sign-up Sheet Instructions. (optional)
    3. Enter a Maximum Number of Members into the blank field. (optional)
    4. Select the Show Members checkbox if you wish to allow Students to see the names of other members of the group before they sign-up. (unchecked by default)
    5. Select or deselect to checkbox to Allow Students to sign-up from the Groups listing page. (checked by default)
    Note: Activating this option will enable the Instructor to place a link to the sign-up sheet anywhere within the course. For example, an Instructor might place this link is in the Assignments Content Area or within a Content Area containing the course materials for the week students are scheduled to sign up for groups.
    Important: Sign-up sheets are available from the Groups page located in Tools. A link to either the Tools link or directly to the Groups page must be available for students to be able to access the Sign-up Sheets.
  8. In Option 5 Group Set Options, type a number into the Number of Groups field.
    Note: By defining the number of groups as well as the Maximum Number of Members, Blackboard will create the appropriate number of groups and limit the number of students per sign-up sheet. This may result in some groups having the maximum number of members while others have fewer members.
  9. Click [Submit] to create the Self-Enroll Groups.

Resources

    • Click Here for a PDF verion of the Quick Start Instructions.

 

Creating a Random Enrollment Group Set

Creating a Random Enrollment Group Set is effective for creating multiple groups in larger classes where Students can be randomly distributed into groups. The instructions here-in outline the two step process of creating a Random Enrollment Group Set.

Quick Start Instructions

To Create a Random Enrollment Group Set:

Step 1: Create Group Set

  1. Click on the Groups link under Users and Groups in the Course Management menu.
  2. On the Groups Page, roll your mouse over Create Group Set to reveal the Self-Enroll, Manual Enroll, and Random Enroll options.
    • Self-Enroll allows instructor to create “signup sheets” allowing students to select their own groups while at the same time limiting how many students can enroll in each group.
      (See the Creating a Self-Enrollment Group Set tutorial.)
    • Manual Enroll allows the instructor to create groups as assign students to each group.
      (See the Creating a Manual Enrollment Group Set tutorial.)
    • Random Enroll allows the instructor to reduce bias and time setting up groups by letting Blackboard randomly place students in groups.
  3. Select Random Enroll.
  4. In Option 1 Group Information,
    Image illustrating Option 1 Group Information for creating a Random Enrollment Group Set
    1. Type a Name for the group. (required)
    2. Type a Description for the group. (optional)
      Note: The Description area is a great place to not only outline the purpose of the group but also to reiterate things like code of conduct, team expectations, and grading rubrics.
    3. Select a Group Available Option. (required)
      • Yes (default)
      • No
  5. In Option 2 Tool Availability, select the tools the group members should have access to as part of their group work. Options include:
    • Blogs – provides the students with access to a place to post updates to the group and document group process among other uses. These can be graded.
      See Grading Group Blogs for additional information.
    • Discussion Board – provides the Students with access to a place to document offline conversations. The group members have control over the creation of forums within this area. The Instructor can review and post to Group Discussion Boards as well.
    • Email – provides the Students and the Instructor with a “group” email which when selected will email all students in the group not just an individual.
    • File Exchange – provides an area within Groups in Blackboard for students to upload and share documents. Great for versioning, students can download, modify, and then upload the document with a new or versioned name to the File Exchange.
    • Journals – provides each student within the group access to a private location on which to reflect on the group process or individual learning among other uses. These can be graded.
      See Grading Group Journals for additional information.
    • Wikis – provides the students with access to a place to document group process and/or collaborate on the construction of a group process among other uses. These can be graded.
      See Grading Group Wikis for additional information.
  6. In Option 3 Module Personalization Setting, select (default) or deselect the check box for Allow Personalization of the group space modules.
  7. In Option 4 Membership,
    Image illustrating Option 4 Membership for creating Random Enrollment Group Sets
    1. Select a Determine Number of Groups By option.
      • If Number of Students per Group is selected, enter a number into the associated field.
        Example:  A course has 36 students. Entering 6 into the Number of Student per Group field will result in the creation of 6 groups.
      • If Number of Groups is selected, enter a number in the associated field.
        Example:  A course has 36 students. Entering 6 into the Number of Groups field will result in the creation of 6 groups each with 6 students.
    2. Select an option by which to Determine How to Enroll any Remaining Members. Options are as follows:
      • Distribute the remaining members amongst the groups.
      • Put the remaining members in their own group.
      • Manually add the remaining members to groups.

      Note: The option an Instructor selects here really depends upon how groups are being implemented within a course.
      Example: If groups are being created for a project and there is only one remaining Student to be placed in a group, selecting the option to put the remaining members in their own group would certainly put that student at a great disadvantage for the project.
      Important: Any student added to the course after groups have been created will need to be manually enrolled in a group.

  8. Click [Submit] to advance to the Edit Group Set Enrollments screen.

Step 2: Edit Group Set Enrollments

  1. Review the content in Option 1 Group Set Information.
  2. In Option 2 Group Set Members Filter Options, select or deselect the checkboxes for the Filter Available Members options.
    • Show All Course Roles in the Available Member List is unchecked by default so Instructors and TAs do not appear in Items to Select. Technically, neither Instructors nor TAs should not need to be added to a group as they can see the groups as a result of their roles in the course.
    • Remove Members already in a Group from the Available Members List is checked by default. This makes it easier to see which Students have been added to a group and which have not. (recommended)
  3. In Option 3 Group Set Enrollments,
    Image illustrating Option 3 Group Set Enrollments
    1. Review to make sure the appropriate number of groups has been created.
    2. If desired, modify the name of each group.
    3. Review that students have been distributed into each group.
      • To remove a User from a group, select the User in the Selected Items column and click the left arrow button to move the user to the Items to Select column.
      • To add a User to a group, select the User in the Items to Select column and click the right arrow button to move the User to the Selected Items column.
    Note: Repeat the add and remove User instructions above until all Users have been assigned to a group.
  4. Click [Submit] to finalize the creation of the groups.

Note: Once created, individual groups can be edited from within the Groups area under Users and Groups in the Course Management Menu.

Resources

    • Click here for a PDF verion of the Quick Start Instructions.

 

Managing Groups

Once a group or series of groups has been created, an Instructor can access and modify each group individually from the Groups area. The instructions here-in outline the process of managing groups.

To Manage the Group:

  1. Click on the Groups link under Users and Groups in the Course Management menu.
  2. Image illustrating the Action Link Menu options for editing Group PagesOn the Groups Page, click on the Action Link Menu (chevron sign) to reveal the menu. Menu options include:
    • Open
    • Edit
    • Email
    • Delete
  3. Select Open to reveal the Group Homepage.
    Note: Clicking the Group Name will also open the Group Homepage.
  4. Instructor View

    Student View

    Image illustrating the Instructor view of Group Home Pages

    Image illustrating the Student View of Group Home Pages

  5. From the Group Homepage it is possible for the Instructor to

Image illustrating the edit options for Group Homepages available to Instructors

    1. Edit the Group.
      Note: It is also possible to Edit the group from the group’s Action Link Menu. Edit will allow the Instructor to modify group membership.
    2. Add a Page Banner.
    3. Add Course Module and/or Group Module to the page.
      Note: Group members can Add Personal Modules to the Group Homepage. Personal Modules are the same as the Course Modules but will only appear on the individual student view of the Homepage.
    4. Customize Page.
    5. Email Group Members.
      Note: It is also possible to email Group Members from the group’s Action Link Menu or directly from Email in Communication Tools.
    6. Access Group Tools
    7. View Group Assignments.
      Note: This only allows the Instructor to view the assignment instructions. Grading the assignment is accomplished through the Grade Center. See the Grading Assignments Online tutorial for more information.
Group Settings

New to Blackboard 9.1, the Group Settings option allows the Instructor to set control over whether or not students are empowered to create and edit groups.

    • If an Instructor enables the Permit Students to Create Single Self-Enrolled Groups option, the students in the course will be empowered to create groups, something that in previously versions of Blackboard could only be accomplished by an Instructor. Student Created Groups include all Group Tools including File Exchange, Group Discussion Board, and Group Email.
    • Enabling the Permit Students to Edit Student Created Groups option will allow all students enrolled in one of these groups to edit any of the setup options in the group including the group name, description, and membership cap.

Both of these options are checked on by default. To disable these settings, click on the Group Settings button under Groups. Then uncheck the option boxes.

Group Blogs and Wikis within Blackboard 9.1 are intended to result in the same grade for all students within the group. However, if an instructor wishes to give students within a group individual contribution grades this is also possible
The instructions below outline the process(es) for grading group blogs and wikis both as a single group grade and individual contribution grades.

Grading Group Blogs

Quick Start Instructions

To give all members of a group the same blog grade:

  1. Click on Course Tools under the Course Management menu to the left of the page.
  2. Select Blogs from the resulting tool list.
  3. Click on the link to the blog you wish to grade.
  4. All students’ postings will appear on the page for review.
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  5. After reviewing the postings, click Edit Grade under the Blog Grade section to the right hand side of the page.
  6. The Blog Grade section will change to provide a grading interface.
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    1. Enter a Grade Value to represent the points earned for this assignment.
    2. Type Feedback to the student as appropriate.
    3. Type Grading Notes for yourself or a TA.
      Note: Only the Instructor or roles with grading permissions will see Grading Notes.
    4. Click Save Grade.

To grade individual student blog postings within a Group Blog:

  1. Click on Grade Center under the Course Management menu to the left of the page.
  2. From the resulting menu, select Full Grade Center.
  3. LEAD Technologies Inc. V1.01Click on the [Action link] button (chevron sign) within the cell associated with the student whose blog posting you wish to grade.
    Note: The grey hash mark within a cell means that student is not in the group and exempt from the assignment.
  4. From the resulting menu, select View User Activity.
    Note: This will take you directly to the blog and present you with all of the postings for the selected student.
  5. On the resulting page, click Edit Grade under the Blog Grade section to the right hand side of the page.LEAD Technologies Inc. V1.01
  6. LEAD Technologies Inc. V1.01The Blog Grade section will change to provide a grading interface.
    1. Enter a Grade Value to represent the points earned for this assignment.
    2. Type Feedback to the student as appropriate.
    3. Type Grading Notes for yourself or a TA.
      Note: Only the Instructor or roles with grading permissions will see Grading Notes.
    4. Click Save Grade.
  7. To grade another student’s postings, select the student’s name from the View Entries By section found under the Blog Grading area. Continue until all students blog postings for this group have been graded.
    Note: The Exclamation Point icon indicates that the posts Need Grading.

Resources

  • Click Here to access a PDF version of these quick start instructions
Grading Group Wikis

Quick Start Instructions

To give all members of a group the same wiki grade:

  1. Click on Course Tools under the Course Management menu to the left of the page and select Wikis from the resulting tool list.
  2. Click on the link to the wiki you wish to grade.
  3. Click Participation and Grading found on the top right hand side of the page.
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  5. On the Participant’s Contribution page,
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    1. Click on the link to the Page Versions to review original contributions.
    2. Click on the version links under User’s Modifications to review the modifications a student made to a page.
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      Note: Click the Legend tab for an explanation of the markup seen on the versioned pages.
    3. Additional statistics such as Words Modified and Total Pages saved can be found under the Participation Summary at the far right hand side of the page.
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  6. To edit another student’s contributions, select the student’s name from the View Contributions By section found under the Grade area.
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    Note: The Exclamation Point icon indicates that the posts Need Grading.
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  8. After reviewing all student contributions to the wiki, click All under View Contributions By to return to the Participation Summary page where all users are listed.
  9. Select Edit Grade under the Grade section to the right hand side of the page.
    Important: Make sure the Grade For field reads All Group Members.
  10. LEAD Technologies Inc. V1.01The Grade section will change to provide a grading interface.
    1. Enter a Grade Value to represent the points earned for this assignment.
    2. Type Feedback to the student as appropriate.
    3. Type Grading Notes for yourself or a TA.
      Note: Only the Instructor or roles with grading permissions will see Grading Notes.
    4. Click Save Grade.

Resources

  • Click Here to access a PDF version of these quick start instructions.

To grade individual student wiki contributions for a Group Wiki:

  1. Click on Grade Center under the Course Management menu to the left of the page.
  2. LEAD Technologies Inc. V1.01From the resulting menu, select Full Grade Center.
  3. Click on the [Action link] button (chevron sign) within the cell associated with the student whose wiki entry you wish to grade.
    Note: The grey hash mark within a cell means that student is not in the group and exempt from the assignment.
  4. From the resulting menu, select View User Activity.
    Note: This will take you directly to the Participant’s Contribution page.
  5. On the Participant’s Contribution page,
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    1. Click on the link to the Page Versions to review original contributions.
    2. Click on the version links under User’s Modifications to review the modifications a student made to a page.
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      Note: Click the Legend tab for an explanation of the markup seen on the versioned pages.
    3. Additional statistics such as Words Modified and Total Pages saved can be found under the Participation Summary at the far right hand side of the page.
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  6. After reviewing the student’s contributions to the wiki, click Edit Grade under the Grade section to the right hand side of the page.
  7. LEAD Technologies Inc. V1.01The Grade section will change to provide a grading interface.
    1. Enter a Grade Value to represent the points earned for this assignment.
    2. Type Feedback to the student as appropriate.
    3. Type Grading Notes for yourself or a TA.
      Note: Only the Instructor or roles with grading permissions will see Grading Notes.
    4. Click Save Grade.
  8. To edit another student’s contributions, select the student’s name from the View Contributions By section found under the Grade area.
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    Note: The Exclamation Point icon indicates that the posts Need Grading.