Groups and Group Sets in Blackboard LEARN

Blackboard’s “Groups” tool allows instructors to break their class into smaller student teams—a functionality that’s ideal for group assignments, discussions, or other collaborative activities. Within a Blackboard course shell, groups give students a dedicated space to share materials and communicate with their teammates.

Creating a Group Set (Recommended)

The Groups tool is most commonly used to divide a class into smaller teams for projects or assignments. Although it is possible to create these groups one-by-one, the recommended practice for creating multiple project groups is to create a group set. To create and configure a group set in your course, follow the steps below:

  1. From your course’s left-hand navigation bar click on Users and Groups > Groups
  2. On the Groups page that appears, click on the Create drop-down menu
  3. Under the “Group Set” heading, select which type of group set you would like to create:
  4. Groups drop-down menu

    • Self-Enroll allows students to use Blackboard to enroll themselves into the group of their choice
    • Random Enroll will randomly assign students to groups, based on enrollment parameters you specify
    • Manual Enroll allows you to select which students will be enrolled into a specific group


  5. Once you have chosen your group set type, you must fill out three required fields—marked with orange asterisks on the “Create Group Set” page.
    • Group set name – choose a name that will be applied to all groups in your set (i.e. Project Group, Team, Group)
    • Group is visible to students – by default, Yes is automatically selected
    • Number of Groups – enter the number of groups that you would like to create

    Creating a group set with the name “Team” and setting the “Number of Groups” to 6 means that the tool will create six groups, labeled Team 1 through Team 6.

  6. From the “Tool Availability” heading, make sure to uncheck any tools that your students will not use. For more information on each tool’s functionality, click the More Help link at the top of the page.
  7. Group tool availability

  8. Click the Submit button to create the groups
  9. Once the groups have been created, you may rename the groups, add or remove group members, or delete groups before finalizing the group set


Creating Individual Groups

The option to create individual groups is also available within the Groups tool. This option works best in instances where only one group will be created, or when the same student should be enrolled in multiple groups. To create an individual group, follow the steps below:

  1. From your course’s left-hand navigation bar click on Users and Groups > Groups
  2. On the Groups page that appears, click on the Create drop-down menu
  3. Under the “Single Group” heading, select which type of group you would like to create:
  4. Individual Group drop-down menu

    • Self-Enroll allows students to use Blackboard to enroll themselves into the group of their choice
    • Manual Enroll allows you to select which students will be enrolled into a specific group


  5. Once you have chosen your group type, you must fill out two required fields—marked with orange asterisks on the “Create Group ” page.
    • Group set name – choose a name that will be applied to all groups in your set (i.e. Project Group, Team, Group)
    • Group is visible to students – by default, “Yes” is automatically selected

    If you selected Self-Enroll, you must also create a name for the sign-up sheet that students will use to enroll in the group.

  6. From the “Tool Availability” heading, make sure to uncheck any tools that your students will not use. For more information on each tool’s functionality, click the More Help link at the top of the page.
  7. Group tool availability

  8. Make sure to set any additional preferences before clicking the blue Submit button to finalize your changes.



For more information on using the Groups tool, please contact the LeBow Instructional Tech Services team.