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Divide Blackboard assignments for sub-groups

1. Introduction

This guide is for staff wanting to set up a Blackboard assignment for sub-groups, the assignments can be set up so that specific students within groups will be visible to them.  

2. Create sub-groups

Firstly you will need to set up sub-groups in your module by following the steps in our guide to creating sub-groups. You can then create assignments for each of the groups.

3. Create and release sub-group assignments

Now the sub-groups are set up, you can create assignments for each of the groups using Blackboard

a. Create an assignment for each sub-group, giving the assignment a name that identifies which colleagues will grade it, For example: 'Assignment - Group 1' / 'Assignment - Group 2'

b. Click the action link (arrow) next to the assignment name, and click Adaptive Release.

Important: With Adaptive Release, students will only see the assignment they need to submit to, and instructors will be able to view, edit and grade all assignments submitted but through pre-arranging your groups and the column in Grade Centre will only show when students in that group have submitted.

c. In the Membership section, you can make the assignment visible to specific users. There is a section labelled Module sub-groups. The Items to Select box should contain a list of the sub-groups you created earlier. 

d. Click the sub-group you’re making the assignment visible to, then click the right arrow to move the sub-group into the Selected Items box.

d.Click Submit.

4. Leave feedback for sub-group

You can follow the steps in our leaving feedback for a Blackboard assignment guide in order to share feedback with a sub-group. All members of the sub-group will be able to view the feedback, however it is possible to specify individual marks if appropriate. 


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