Documentation:Connect/Manage Group Tools (How To)

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Course groups give students their own area in Connect to collaborate on course work. These spaces are equipped with tools to assist in the collaborative process. When Instructors create or edit group settings, the tools available for students to work with can be managed.

Students access the tools added to a group homepage in the Group Tools section. Only the instructor and the group members can access tools enabled for the group, with the exception of the Group Blog and Group Wiki tools. Group Blogs and Wikis appear to all course members when the tools are accessed on the Tools page.

This document will show you:

  • How to edit Group Tools
  • Types of available Group Tools

Video

Watch the video below on how to manage and edit group tools:

How to edit Group Tools

  1. Access the Group
  2. Click the chevron symbol to the right of the Group name to open the contextual menu
  3. Click Edit
  4. Scroll down to Tool Availability
  5. In the Tool Availability section, check the check boxes next to the tools you want available to students, and uncheck the check boxes of tools you do not want available to students
  6. Click Submit to save the changes

Types of available Group Tools

  • Group Blog: Students within the group can add entries and comments to the Group Blog to share ideas. Instructors can grade Group Blogs, but once a Group Blog is set to be graded, it cannot be changed. When a grade is added for a Group Blog, the grade is automatically given to all the members of the group and is populated in the corresponding column in the Grade Center for each group member. You can edit an individual member’s grade to assign a different grade than the group’s.
  • Collaboration Tools: Students within the group can create and attend real-time chat or Virtual Classroom sessions using BB Collaborate or BB IM.
  • Group Discussion Board: Students within the group can communicate as a group, as well as create and manage their own forums. The Group Discussion Board is available only to group members, not to the entire course.
  • File Exchange: Students within the group and instructors can use this tool to upload documents to the group area. All group members and the instructor can add files. They can also delete files, regardless of who added them. This tool is only available to groups.
  • Group Journal: Students within the group can share their thoughts with each other and communicate with the instructor. Journal entries made in the Group Journal are visible to all group members and the instructor. You can grade Group Journals, but like Group Blogs, when a grade is added for a Group Journal, the grade is automatically given to all the members of the group. You can still edit an individual member’s grade to assign a different grade than the group’s.
  • Group Tasks: Students within the group can define and separate the workload into tasks, while distributing the list to the entire group. Each task has a status and a due date to help keep members on track. Group members can view the group assigned tasks in the Group Tasks tool or in the Course Tasks tool. Other course members and the instructor will not see tasks for groups they are not enrolled in when viewing the Course Tasks tool.
  • Group Wiki: Wikis are used to create a collaborative space for group members to view, contribute, and edit content. By default, Group Wikis can be read by all course members, but only members of the group can make a comment on a Group Wiki page. Instructors can change the default setting to allow only group members to view a Group Wiki. You can grade Group Wikis, but once a Group Wiki is set to be graded, it cannot be changed. When a grade is added for a Group Wiki, the grade is automatically given to all the members of the group and is populated in the corresponding column in the Grade Center for each group member. All members are assigned a grade, regardless if a member did not contribute. You can edit an individual member’s grade to assign a different grade than the group’s.