Special Forces Group Assignments In Blackboard

You can create a group assignment and release it to one or more groups within your course. Each group submits one collaborative assignment and all members receive the same grade. You can create a single assignment and assign it to all groups, or create several unique assignments and assign them to individual groups. Only you and the members in a group have access to the assignment.

The overall grade for an assignment can appear to users as a numeric value, letter grade, percentage, text, or as complete/incomplete. You can choose the primary display for the group assignment column created automatically in the Grade Center.

Before You Begin

  • A course group must exist prior to creating group assignments for it.
  • Students who are enrolled in more than one group receiving the same assignment will be able to submit more than one attempt for this assignment. You may need to provide these students with an overall grade for the assignment.
  • Students who are not enrolled at the time that a group assignment has been submitted do not have access to that submission. These students can see only that the submission occurred.
  • Students who you remove from a group cannot see the group assignments. They can access their submissions from My Grades.
  • If you edit the assignment between creation and the due date, the entire group may lose any work already in progress.
  • If you delete a group from the assignment after they have begun the work and prior to submission, they will lose access to the assignment and lose their work

How to Create a Group Assignment

In your course content area select Assignment from the Assessment action menu. Follow Creating an Assignment instructions. In the Submission Details section, make sure to select the option for “Group” and select which groups would have access to the assignment. 

In the following example, the group assignment appears in the Assignments content area where it was created and on the group homepage. The following image shows the instructor view.

About Multiple Attempts

You can allow students to submit their work for a group assignment more than once. The group can receive feedback and a grade for each submission.

When you allow multiple attempts for an assignment, you can also select which attempt to use in the Grade Center from the Score attemptsusing drop-down list.

Tell Me

New settings have been added to the Test/Survey Options page, available only after the test or survey is added to a content area. The new settings allow instructors to select one or more groups of students and make a number of exceptions to the already established availability settings. Instructors can use exceptions to provide an accommodation to a disabled student, or provide accommodations for technology and language differences.

You can change these settings at any time, even after the test has been attempted by some students. If conflicts in rules occur, the most permissive settings for that user or group of users is granted. For example, students would receive the greatest number of attempts, longest availability time, and so on.

To create an exception for a student or group of students:
  1. Go to the content area where the test is deployed.
  2. Click on the action arrow to select Edit Test Options.
  3. Scroll about halfway down the page to the Test Availability Exception area.
  4. Click on the button to Add User or Group.


  5. A new window will open with the Blackboard course roster.
  6. Find and select the student(s) who will receive the exception. Click Submit.
  7. The window will close and return you to the Test Options screen.
  8. You can create exceptions for:

    • Number of attempts.
    • Time of test.
    • Auto submit on or off.
    • Availability of test using start and end dates.
    • Force completion on or off.

      In this example, Harry receives 2 attempts and double time (e.g., 90 minutes on a 45 minute test), but he's restricted to a 3-hour window.


  9. After you assign the exceptions, scroll to the top or bottom of the Test Options screen and click Submit.

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