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Creating group discussion forums

In the Course Management area, under Users and Groups, select “Groups,” then click on “Create” in the action bar.  We recommend you create groups in one swoop: go under “Group Set” and select your options. --BEEP-- Choose a name for the whole set of groups.  Blackboard will add a sequential number at the end of the group name to distinguish different groups. –BEEP -- Next, take a minute to briefly describe the group work and the grading policy.  If you use a rubric to grade the group discussion, attach the rubric file by clicking the paper clip icon in the text editor toolbar.--BEEP-- Under Tool Availability, leave Discussion Board checked and uncheck all other tools. Under Discussion Board, we recommend that you choose “Do not allow student group members to create forums”. Leave as is the Module Personalization Setting and set up group Membership. --BEEP--  Hurrah! Click on “Submit”.

To give these groups a different name, on the Groups page, in the Group Set column, click on the hidden action button on the right of any newly created set, then on “Edit Group Set Membership.”  On the page that opens you can now modify the groups’ names to your heart’s content.  –BEEP-- Don’t forget to click on “Submit”!

On the Groups page, under Name, click on a group link. On the group page, click on “Group Discussion Board” then click on the action button next to the forum name and select “Edit” to modify it.  We suggest you start the name with “Due” followed by the due date. --BEEP--  In the Description text box, type in a short description of the topic to discuss. --BEEP-- Leave the Forum Availability settings as is. Take your time to select the Forum Settings.  Click on the More Help link in the Create Forum banner on the top if needed. --BEEP--  In the Grade section, check Grade radio button and fill in the points possible.  Check the checkbox for Due date and set up the date and time.  It enables students to see a due date in the Course Calendar, the Notification Dashboard, and the “To Do” module of your course Home Page as well as on their Blackboard Student app. Add the rubric if you use Blackboard rubric tool, and make sure to check “Show Rubric to Students.”  –BEEP-- When finished all settings for the forum, click “Submit” to save the changes.

You can create more group discussion forums by clicking the Create Forum button on the top action bar. Repeat the same steps to modify and create discussion forums for the rest of the groups.


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