Where are my group assignments?

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Your instructor can display group assignments in different areas of your course. You might access group assignments from links on the course menu called "Assignments" or "Groups." Or, your instructor might incorporate group assignments into each week's content. Group assignments may also appear in the My Groups panel after the course menu. Ask your instructor if you have questions about how your course is organized.

Your instructor may make some of your group assignments available after a certain date or after you complete a certain task. For example, you might have to mark a lecture as reviewed before you may access a group assignment. Contact your instructor if you don't see a group assignment that you think you should.

If your group submits after the due date, the submission is marked LATE and penalties may apply.

Submit work for a group assignment

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Your instructor provides all the information your group needs to complete a group assignment. One group member submits your group assignment. All members of your group receive the same grade for a group assignment.

If you're the member who submits a group assignment for the group, you need to select Submit. If you don't, your instructor won't receive your completed group assignment.

If your instructor hasn't allowed multiple attempts, you may submit your group assignment only once. Before you select Submit, be sure that you've attached any required files.

  1. On the course menu, select the link that holds the group assignment, such as "Assignments." Select the name of the group assignment.


    In the My Groups panel, select your group name. On the group homepage, select the name of the assignment in the Group Assignments section.

  2. On the Upload Assignment page, review the instructions, due date, points possible, and download any files provided by your instructor.
  3. Select Write Submission to expand the area where you can type your submission. You can use the options in the editor to format the text.
  4. Select Browse My Computer to upload a file from your computer.


    Drag files from your computer to the "hot spot" in the Attach Files area. If your browser allows, you can also drag a folder of files. The files will upload individually. If the browser doesn't allow you to submit your group assignment after you upload a folder, select Do not attach in the folder's row to remove it. You can drag the files individually and submit again.

    You can use the file name or provide another name for the file.

  5. Optionally, type Comments about your group submission.
  6. Select Submit.

    Be sure you select Submit or Save Draft before you navigate to another course area. Your work is NOT saved automatically. If you don't select Submit or Save Draft, other group members won't see your work. They do see that you've worked on the group submission and may be confused.

  7. After you submit, the Review Submission History page appears. You'll see information about your submitted group assignment and a success message with a confirmation number. Copy and save this number as proof of your group's submission. For group assignments with multiple attempts, you receive a different number for each submission. If your institution has enabled email notifications for submission receipts, you'll also receive an email with your confirmation number and details each time you submit coursework.

    You won't be able to drag files to upload, view confirmation numbers, or receive email submission receipts if your institution uses an older version of Blackboard Learn.

Save a group assignment as a draft and submit later

On the Upload Assignment page, select Save Draft to save your work and continue later. Your text and files are saved on the page. When you return, you can resume working.

One member can save a group assignment as a draft and another member can continue later and submit the work .

  1. Return to your group assignment and select the group assignment title.
  2. On the Review Submission History page, select Continue.
  3. On the Upload Assignment page, make your changes.
  4. Optionally, type Comments about your submission.
  5. Select Submit. The Review Submission History page appears with information about your submitted group assignment.

When you finish your group assignment, you need to select Submit. If you don't, your instructor won't receive your group work.

Resubmit a group assignment

Your instructor may allow you to submit a group assignment more than once for a variety of reasons. For example, your instructor may provide comments on your first draft so that you can try to improve your work.

You may realize you made an error after you submit your group assignment. However, your group may not be allowed to resubmit the assignment. Contact your instructor to ask for the opportunity to resubmit the assignment.

If your group may make another attempt, select the assignment link in your course. Start New appears on the Review Submission History page.

Anonymously graded group assignments

On the Upload Assignment page, you're informed if your group assignment is set to be graded anonymously.

Your instructor won't see your group name during grading. Your instructor may choose to grade anonymously to eliminate bias.

You shouldn't include any identifying information with your submission. Don't add your name or group name to files you upload or use names in comments.

Frequently asked questions

Why can't I open our group assignment?

Contact the help desk at your institution. They can help you troubleshoot and download any application you might need. If you're not sure how to contact them, look for the technology office on your institution's website or search the web for your institution's name + Blackboard + help or support. Check to make sure you're using a supported internet browser and operating system for your institution's version of Blackboard Learn.

Why can't I find our group assignment?

Your instructor controls the date when group assignments become available. You might also have to meet other criteria to access the assignment. For example, you might have to mark a lecture as reviewed first. Contact your instructor for more information.

My instructor did not receive our group assignment. What do I do?

You need to discuss this issue with your instructor.

How do I edit or resubmit a group assignment?

You can't edit a submitted group assignment, but you may be allowed to resubmit it. Not all group assignments can be resubmitted. Check if you can submit an assignment more than once. If you can't and made a mistake, you need to contact your instructor to ask for the opportunity to resubmit the assignment.

In the Original Course View, if your instructor allows you to submit a group assignment more than once, a Start New option appears on the Review Submission History page. Select the group assignment link in your course to access the Review Submission History page.

How do I know if my group assignment has been graded?

In the Original Course View, the My Grades page displays all your grades. My Grades is often located on the course menu. The course menu appears on the left side of the course window. If My Grades isn't on the course menu, select Tools and select My Grades. If you submitted your group assignment, but it's not graded, you will see an exclamation mark next to the group assignment's title.

If your group assignment has been submitted and graded, the grade appears in the assignment's row. To view more detail, select the group assignment's title to access the Review Submission History page.

More on My Grades

ULTRA: Group assignments

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Your instructors can create group assignments where you can collaborate with other students. Your instructor may create groups or ask you to join a group for group assignments. The workflow is the same for group tests.

On the Course Content page, your group name is listed after the group assignment title. Your group members' names appear when you open an assignment and when you work on it. If Join a group to participate appears, select the link to choose a group. You won't see the group assignment on your Grades page until you join a group.

More on joining groups

If you can’t view the group assignment, your instructor may have added a release rule. Your access might be based on your score on another graded item or a date. You can always view your group members even if you can't view the group assignment. If your instructor has asked you to join a group, you may be able to see your group members before you can access the assignment. Your instructor controls that setting.

You can view a group assignment and you don't have to submit it. When you select View assessment, you can just view the group assignment or add some work. Not ready to submit? Select Save and Close in the panel. Your work on behalf of the group is saved and not submitted. If you or another group member previously started the group assignment, your work was saved. Select View assessment to resume working.

Everyone in the group can keep track of the latest version of the work. Until a member selects Submit, you can open the group assignment as many times as you want.

Group conversations and Collaborate

If your instructor enabled conversations, select the conversation icon in the panel. You can ask for help, share sources, or answer questions others have about the group assignment. You can have conversations with the whole class, just the group, or both!

When a group member has posted to the conversation, an icon appears next to the assignment title on the Course Content page to indicate new activity. The conversation icon in the panel also appears with a purple dot.

More on conversations

You can also use Collaborate Ultra to meet virtually with your group if your course uses Collaborate and your instructor enabled conversations. To open your group's Collaborate room, select the Open Collaborate room icon.

New to Collaborate Ultra? Start here with the basics!

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ULTRA: Join a group

Your instructor may ask you to join a group to complete a group assignment. The group assignment won't appear on your Grades page until you join a group.

On the Course Content page, you may see an enrollment period. You need to join a group before the deadline. If you haven't joined a group, you're notified when the enrollment deadline approaches.

You can also see if the enrollment period isn't open yet or has closed. You can see the groups page and the assignment only after the enrollment period opens. Contact your instructor if you didn't join a group by the enrollment deadline. If all groups have submitted work, you can't join a group.

Select the Join a group to participate link to access the groups page. If you select the group assignment title, a panel opens with details and links to join a group. You can't view the assignment until you join a group.

Groups page

The groups you can join appear on the groups page. Based on your instructor's settings, you might see Show Members links that display the names of other members who joined before you. In the Number of students column, you can see how many members are allowed to join each group. Your instructor may allow all students to join all groups. For example, you might attend multiple field trips.

After you join a group, Joined appears in that row. You can move to another group while the enrollment period is open. You can't move if your group has already submitted work.

You can’t join or move to groups with submitted work or the maximum number of members. If you can’t join any group or the enrollment deadline has passed, contact your instructor.

After you join a group, you can view your group activity and participate.

Video: Self-enroll in a group

ULTRA: Watch a video about enrolling in a group

The following narrated video provides a visual and auditory representation of some of the information included on this page. For a detailed description of what is portrayed in the video, open the video on YouTube, navigate to More actions, and select Open transcript.

Video: Self-enroll in a group explains how to enroll in a group in the Ultra course view.

ULTRA: Multiple members can work on a group assignment

When a group member opens a group assignment, the assignment is locked so other members can't edit it. Other group members can request to work on the assignment. The member in control can approve or decline the request.

Take control of an assignment

  1. Open the group assignment. If another group member is working on the assignment, a pencil icon and message appears next to the member's name.
  2. To send a request to the group member who's currently in control, select Take Control.
  3. A message appears to let you know that your request for control was sent. If you decide you don't want control, you can cancel your request.
  4. The person in control of the group assignment receives a notification and can approve or decline your request.
  5. If your request is approved, the group assignment is unlocked and you can work on it. You receive a message if your request is denied.

If your request is denied, your group member may have granted access to someone else. You can request access again later. You might also want to send a message to your group to coordinate who works on the group assignment at certain times.

If you receive one of these notifications while you work on a group assignment, the system saves your work automatically. You can choose to leave the assignment and turn over control to the member who requested access. Or, you can ignore the request and continue.

ULTRA: Submit a group assignment

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Remember, as you work on a group assignment, you can save a draft and other group members are allowed to edit it. Everyone in the group can keep track of the latest version of the work.

Only one member of your group submits the assignment. You'll receive a pop-up message where you confirm you want to submit on behalf of your group. You can't make changes to a group assignment after you submit it.

The Submit button is disabled until one of your group members adds content.

ULTRA: Group grades and feedback

Your instructors grade a group assignment in the same way they grade an assignment that you work on individually. You see only your own grade, but your instructor can assign different grades to each group member. Instructors may assign different grades if they feel that a group member's contribution earned a grade different from the rest of the group.

You can view your group feedback and feedback your instructor provided just for you. When you open the group assignment to view the grade, the feedback panel opens automatically. Your feedback appears in the Group and Individual tabs. After you close the feedback panel, select the feedback icon to open it again.

ULTRA: How do I check that our group assignment was submitted?

After your group submits an assignment, select the title on the Course Content page. A panel appears with the date and time of the submission. Not graded appears if your group submitted the assignment but your instructor hasn't graded it yet. Select the Submission link to view the submission.

As your instructors post grades, you'll find them in your activity stream. Select View your grade to display your grade. If your instructor added group feedback, you'll see it after the item's title. Select the group assignment title to open your Course Grades page to access all your grades and feedback.

You can also access the group assignment in your course to review your grade and feedback in context.

Your grades also appear on the global and course grades pages.

More on accessing grades