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Creating a Group Set


Group Set is great tool to use that creates groups of students to complete tasks, just like you would in the classroom. Group sets can be used for group assignments, discussion boards, virtual meeting rooms, blogs and many other pages. Instructors who feel that it is necessary for students to work together and collaborate may use this tool for as much or little as they need.

This feature comes with three different ways you can group up your students; however this page will specifically look at the Random Group Sets option.

  • Manual - The instructor makes the groups specifically for each student. This will be helpful if you know your students already and want to specifically make each group.
  • Self - This allows the students to pick their groups independently. Students will usually be more comfortable in their groups if they can be in it with a few friends. On the flip side, this does stop the student from reaching out and pushing their comfort level.
  • Random - Students are randomly put in groups. This makes for a quick and easy way to make groups without having to take the time to manually place each student. This is ideal for bigger classes or making the students collaborate with others, pushing them outside their comfort zone.

Below is a full step-by-step tutorial on how to use the Random Group Set tool.


Before generating the different group sets, make sure you have Edit Mode On.

1. On the left side of your screen, go on the Control Panel, under Users and Groups, select Groups.
"Step 1 of instructions for random group enrol"
2. Once you are on the Groups page, hover on the Action Bar, click on Create to have a drop-down list appear, and select on Random Enroll.
Note: Random enrollment automatically distributes students into groups based on your settings for maximum members per group or total number of groups.
"Step 2 of instructions for random group enrol"
3. On the Create Group Set page, enter the Group's Name and optional Description.
4. To have the Group Available to students, select Yes.
Step 3 and 4 Instructions
5. Tool Availability has plenty of settings to suit the needs of your class. You may turn off any of the tools by simply unchecking the box.

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6. Check the box next to Allow Personalization if you would like the students to be able to edit their own modules.
7. Finally, you will be able to choose if you would like a specific amount of groups or a specific amount of students per group. In addition, you will have to decide what to do with the remaining students if the groups are not even.

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8. When you satisfied with your settings, click Submit at the bottom of the page.

Is your Browser Up-To-Date?


Older versions of Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox may not support recent Blackboard Learn releases. Users must have the proper system requirements to access Blackboard with no issues. Blackboard supports specific browser versions on desktop and mobile version, check out the table below to see the minimum browser version numbers that is supported on Blackboard:

Supported Browsers
Desktop Browser Versions Mobile Browser Versions
Chrome (Recommended) 63+ 63+
FireFox 57+ 57+

It is important for users to run the Blackboard Browser Checker to verify that their system meets the minimum requirements for accessing Blackboard Learn on Google Chrome or Firefox.

Blackboard Browser Checker

Updating Browser

To update Google Chrome:

1.) Click on the Menu icon in the upper right corner of the screen.
2.) Click "Help" in the menu.
3.) Click "About Google Chrome".
4.) Click "Relaunch" to apply the new update.

To update Mozilla Firefox:

1.) Click on the Menu icon in the upper right corner of the screen.
2.) Click on “Help
3.) Click “About Firefox”, the About Mozilla Firefox window opens. Firefox will check for updates and download them automatically.
4.) When the download is complete, click “Restart to update Firefox”.

Audio and Video Issues

How to Check if Audio and Video Controls are Enabled (MAC/PC)

The following troubleshooting steps may help resolve issues relating to audio and video:

•If possible make sure to use a headset, avoid using a computer's built in audio components. Using the computer's audio components causes the microphone to pick up environmental noise.
•Based on the user's operating system, ensure the correct speakers are being used.
Windows - 'Control Panel' > 'Hardware and Sound' > 'Sound' or search for 'Sound' and select 'Sound' from the 'Control Panel' in the search menu.
MAC - Apple > System Preferences > Sound.
•Check to see if the proper audio device is being used on Collaborate Ultra.
'My Settings' > 'Audio and Video Settings' > 'Setup Your Camera and Microphone'.
•A few Anti-Virus applications block webcam and microphone from being allowed to be used in the browser, make sure the Anti-Virus software is not blocking your webcam or microphone.
•Make sure you have the most up-to-date browser and disable pop-up blocker
Browser Update and Pop-Up Disable Steps
•Reboot Computer

Enabling Permission for the Browser to Access Camera and Microphone

For Chrome:

1.) Click on the Menu icon in the upper right corner of the screen.
2.) Click "Settings" in the menu.
3.) On the left-hand side of the Settings menu, click on "Privacy and Security".
4.) Click "Site Settings" and scroll down to select Camera or Microphone.
•Turn on or off Ask before accessing.
•Review your blocked and allowed sites.
•To allow a site that you already blocked: Under "Blocked," select the site's name and change the camera or microphone permission to "Allow."

For Mozilla Firefox:

1.) Click on the Menu icon in the upper right corner of the screen
2.) Click on "Options"
3.) On the left-hand side of the Options menu, click on "Privacy & Security" and scroll down to the Permissions section.
4.) Click the "Settings…" button for the Camera option.
•A window will appear that displays the websites with saved Allow or Block permission on Firefox.
5.) Use the "Allow/Block" selector to change permission for the website. You can remove the site by selecting it from the list and clicking the "Remove Website".
6.) Select the "Block new requests asking to access your camera" checkbox if you do not want to give any other sites access to your camera.
7.) Click the "Save Changes" button.
8.) Repeat steps 3-7 for changing microphone permissions.

Blackboard Rubrics

Crossing the Rubricon - Exploring Criteria Sheets and Scoring Guides for Grading. This resource is from a recent workshop for GA and TAs discovering the added value of using rubrics with assessments when providing grades and/or feedback.


Rubrics are an effective means to communicate the expectations for an assignment, and can be used to efficiently provide specific, targeted feedback to students about the strengths and weaknesses of their assignments.

Blackboard Learn rubrics can be associated with any gradable assessment submitted through Blackboard, including Assignments, Tests, Discussion Boards, Blogs, Wikis, etc. It is also possible to associate a rubric with a Grade Centre Column and use it to mark assignments that have been submitted off-line. While a default rubric is provided, Blackboard rubrics are completely customizable, both in terms of the levels of proficiency articulated and the criteria by which students will be evaluated.

How do I create a Rubric?

  1. Go to the Control Panel, select Course Tools and click on Rubrics
  2. Click on the Create Rubric button
  3. Edit the Rubric. You may add or delete rows and columns, as well as customize the text for all levels.
  4. Note that once the rubric is created, it will then have to be associated with the relevant assignment or Grade Center Column

For details on the settings and customization of rubrics, please visit Blackboard Help files.

How do I import/export a completed Bb rubric?

You can share rubrics between Blackboard Learn courses. If you teach multiple courses, you can create a rubric in one course, export it, and then import it into another. You can also share the exported file with other instructors to use in their Blackboard Learn courses.

You need to make all changes to rubrics inside a Blackboard Learn course. Don't make changes to the exported ZIP file.


To export a rubric follow the steps below:

  1. Go to the Control Panel, select Course Tools and click on Rubrics
  2. Select the check box next to the rubric's title and select Export.
  3. You can save it to your computer or the Content Collection (hint - remember where you saved the file so you can navigate to it in the Import steps).


To import a rubric follow the steps below:

  1. Go to the Control Panel, select Course Tools and click on Rubrics
  2. To import a rubric, select Import Rubric and browse for the file.
  3. Select Submit to upload the file.

Attaching a Rubric to an Assignment

To attach a rubric to your assignment follow the steps below:

  1. Navigate to the assignment that you are attaching a rubric on.
  2. Click on the chevron next to the assignment. Click on Edit.
  3. Scroll down to the Grading section of the page, click on the Add Rubric. From the drop-down list, click on Select Rubrics.
  4. A window will appear of all the rubrics that you have uploaded, check mark the rubric you want to select for the assignment and hit Submit.
  5. Optional: you can chose to show the rubric to students be selecting Yes or No.
  6. Optional: You can create a rubric right inside of the assignment. From the drop-down list of Add Rubrics, you can select the Create New Rubric option. The same options will appear as if you were creating a rubric from the Course tools.

Marking with a Rubric

Blackboard Rubrics facilitate efficient marking by allowing an instructor (or other graders) to simply select a radial button that matches the level of achievement for each particular criteria, and will add the scores automatically. Built in feedback boxes provide the opportunity to provide very specific feedback on each criterion, as well as overall summative comments at the end. Note: It is very important to save the rubric before navigating away from the page, or work may be lost. You can select either Save as Draft or Submit. If submitted, the grade will automatically be entered in the Grade Center.

Known Issues

Inline grading in Blackboard will time out after one hour, and so if spending this amount of time on a given assignment or if you step away from grading for any period of time, be sure to save your work. Rubrics can be saved as a draft if your marking is not yet complete.

Tips and Tricks

  1. Ensure students are clear on the assignment expectations and the criteria that they will be evaluated on by making rubrics visible to students before as well as after grading. (When setting up the assignment, ensure that the Show Rubrics to Students option is set to Yes).
  2. A saved rubric can still be edited even after it has been submitted, and so if need be, a grader can return to a rubric. (Simply click on the grey chevron in the specific cell for a given student assignment and select either the attempt or View Grade Details.) Note, however, that a saved rubric cannot be returned to the original blank.
  3. If you prefer a more holistic style of rubric, one method to achieve this is to have one single row worth 100% of the grade, and then use the other rows for feedback purposes only. To do this, simply set the value of other rows at 0%. This will allow you to give feedback on a particular criteria without assigning it a specific point value. Summative feedback can then be provided in the row that is set to calculate the entire grade.