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

You can create groups of students within your courses.

In the Original experience, 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.

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.

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