Making group work count in the course grade
In the Course Management section of your course site, go to the "Grade Center," then, in the "Full Grade Center," to the columns that Blackboard created for each of your group’s journals and wikis. Note that these columns will be hiding all at the end of the Grade Center. If they have fallen off your screen, use the horizontal scroll bar at the bottom to find them. [BEEP] Notice that the grading cells for a group journal and wiki are grayed out for the students who don’t belong to the group. You may notice that the names for group journal and wiki are the same, they are the group name. To distinguish the grade columns for journal from wiki, click the hidden action button to the right of a group journal column name, then choose “Edit Column Information”. Under the Column Information, in the text box next to “Grade Center Name” type in the group name plus the word “journal”. [BEEP] Click "Submit." [BEEP] Repeat the same steps for the rest of the group journal columns. [BEEP] Next, in the action bar, go to “Manage,” then to “Column Organization” to reorder the columns as you see fit. [BEEP]
Now, go to the weighted total column for the grading category to which the group project belongs;--you know, the one with the (suggested) percentage mark at the beginning of the name. Click on the action button to the right of the column, then on “Edit Column Information.” Scroll down to the Select Columns. In the Columns to Select box, select the newly created group journals and wikis. With the arrow move them to the Selected Columns box. Based on the weights of individual contribution and group product stated in your grading policy, assign a percentage for all journal columns and another for all wiki columns. Click "OK" to override the warning that may pop up. [BEEP] - Then click on "Submit."
Making the group project available to students
If you have created “Random Enroll” or “Manual Enroll” groups, students will be able to see the links to their groups and the group journal, email and wiki at the bottom of the course menu. You don’t need to do anything to make them available.
If you have created “Self-Enroll” groups, you will need to add a menu link for "Groups" so that students can access the sign-up button to enroll themselves to groups. In the Course Menu—the dining section—of your course page, in the action bar, click on the plus icon, then click on the "Tool Link." Name your link “Groups”, then select Groups in the Type drop-down. Make the link available to users and click "Submit." [BEEP] Does the menu look good? If not, use the double arrow icon in the action bar to reorder the links as you see fit. [BEEP] Now, click on the newly created link to see the Sign Up button under each of the groups. Once they are enrolled into a group, they will be able to see their groups and the group journal, email and wiki at the bottom of the course menu.
In the Course Schedule page tell students where they can access the group work.