Groups in Blackboard Ultra (Student View)

This guide pertains to Ultra Course View.

If your course is in Original Course View, see the Original Course View tutorial collection.



Your instructor may assign you to a group of students to collaborate with throughout the semester. Alternatively, you may be allowed to choose your own group. These groups can last for the entire semester or be associated with a specific assignment. This guide will walk you through how to view your current group, sign up for a group, and use group functions.

How to View Your Current Group

1. Upon entering your course shell, select the “Groups” option from the left-hand menu.

2. You will see every set of groups created so far for your course. Selecting the drop-down arrow on the right side of the screen will reveal the group that you are currently in.

3. Selecting “Show Members” will display the other people assigned to your group.

How to Sign Up for a Group

1. Upon entering your course shell, select the “Groups” option from the left-hand menu.

2. As discussed earlier, the current list of available groups will be displayed to you. Groups that you may sign up for will display a “Join” option next to each available item.

3. Select the “Join” option next to the group of your choice. If you change your mind, you may select the “Move to this group” option next to the other available groups.

4. In some cases, you may be able to view the members of each group by clicking the “Show Members” option.

Group Assignments

Your group may be associated with a specific assignment. To check for associations, look under the title of an assignment as it will include your group title.

Please note that in group assignments, one member will submit an item on behalf of the entire group. This is especially important on assignments that only allow one attempt, as you will be unable to submit materials if one of your group members has already done so. Be sure that your group members agree on the contents of your project and who will submit it.

Group Discussions

Your instructor may assign your group to a discussion board. Unlike a group assignment, you may all submit responses. Additionally, these responses only stay viewable within your group.

1. Log into Blackboard and select your course shell.

2. Under “Course Content”, look for an item that has “Discussion Board” in the title and/or the discussion board icon.

3. After entering the discussion board, you will see your group name, discussion topic, and total posts by each member. As a reminder, only students within your group and the professor can see your responses.


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