D2L (Brightspace) - Groups, Group Discussions, and Group Dropboxes
Groups in D2L (Brightspace) let students work together online. Instructors can create new groups for each project, or keep students in the same groups for all projects during the term. Groups can have discussion forums and assignment dropboxes attached to them.
Creating Groups and Group Workspace
- # of Groups - No Auto Enrollments: You choose which students are in which groups.
- Groups of #: Students are automatically placed into groups of a specific size (i.e., 3 students per group).
- # of Groups: The class is automatically divided into the chosen number of groups (i.e., 2 groups would divide the class in half).
- The final two options in D2L (Groups of # - Self-Enrollment & # of Groups - Self Enrollment) are the same as above but these options allow students to enroll themselves into groups.
a. From the Forum pulldown menu, choose an existing forum for the discussion from the Forum dropdown menu.Note: If you wish, you may create a new discussion forum by clicking New Forum. The forum should be named based on the subject matter, not the group name. Each group will get a Topic within the Forum.
b. Click Add Another to repeat the process with another new or existing forum.c. When you finish choosing/creating your group discussion space, click Create and Next to continue. A group-restricted discussion space within each forum is then created.
a. Enter the assignment Name for the dropbox folder. Name the dropbox after the assignment, not the group.Note: Under Folder Type, notice that it reads: Group submission folder - [Category Name], indicating that this is a group dropbox folder.b. Optional: From the Category pulldown menu, choose the category (if any) in which you would like the dropbox folder to appear. You may create a new category by clicking New Category.Note: Categories allow you to organize your dropboxes by type of assignment.
c. You may link this dropbox to your gradebook. From Grade Item pulldown menu, choose an existing grade item.Note: If you wish, you may create a new grade item by clicking New Grade Item.
d. If you linked this dropbox to a grade item, also enter the total number of points for the assignment in the Out Of text box; the point value entered here should equal the point value of the grade item linked to the dropbox.e. Optional: You may also add a rubric, choose a default scoring rubric, provide instructions for the submission, attach a file, and/or record audio.f. In the Submission Options section, click Show Submission Options. Here you may choose how many files are allowed per submission and how many submissions are allowed.
g. Click Add Another to create another group dropbox folder, or Create to continue.