Group work improves critical thinking, problem solving, adaptability, and communication.

In the Original Course View, you can create groups of students within your courses. These course groups have their own areas in a course to collaborate on coursework. These spaces are equipped with tools to assist in the collaborative process.

Your course groups may only meet in their group areas to discuss course content or trade files. But, you might also create assignments that you want students to collaborate on. Students can access all their group assignments on their group homepages.

You and your students can also create spaces for collaboration. Spaces are accessed on the My Blackboard menu. You can create a space for a study group, an athletic team, or a movie review group.

In the Ultra Course View, you don't create a separate area for groups. Instead, you can create group assessments for collaboration.

More on creating group assignments in both course views

More on grading group assignments

How group work benefits students

Research1 has shown students can benefit from group work in several ways:

  • Students retain information longer than with other teaching methods.
  • Perspectives from group members offer another opportunity to learn new material.
  • Students have a positive feeling about the course material.
  • Students who establish good relationships with their peers have a more positive learning experience.
  • Successful group work leads to students feeling better about themselves.
  • Students increase their social and communication skills.
  • Students increase their critical thinking skills.

Access student topics

You can access topics in the student section of Blackboard Help and view groups as a student does. The student point of view can influence your decisions for group settings and what you include in your instructions. Use your browser's back function to return here.


Source: 1 "44 Benefits of Collaborative Learning." n.d. Web. 12 Nov. 2009.