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The Note icon This approach is to be employed for timetabled synchronous sessions that are to be delivered via a Microsoft Teams meeting. The creation of a Group in Blackboard will create a Microsoft Class Team via which synchronous sessions can be created and delivered.

The Note icon Once the Blackboard Group and subsequent MS Class Team have been set up, the information source for the synchronous sessions is the academic register.

Creating a Blackboard Group with all enroled students included.

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1. From the Blackboard shell click on Users and Groups>Groups.

Accessing the Groups menu in Blackboard

2. Move the mouse over the Create button.

The Create button

3. If a single Group with all module students is required, click on Manual Enrol under Single Group.

Selecting a Single Manual Enrol Group

4. In the Name field include the module code and title and _msteams.

Including the _msteams suffix in the Group Name

5. Ensure Group is Visible to Students is set to No.

Hiding the Group from students in Blackboard

6. Under TOOL AVAILABILITY ensure that all tools are turned off.

Turning the Group tools off

7. Click the Add Users button.

The Add Users button

8. To ensure all students on the module are included click the Show All button toward the bottom of the screen.

The Show All button

9. Click the Select All box to select all students in the list and click Submit.

Selecting all of the enroled students on the module shell

10. The students will appear in a list, click Submit to finish creating the Group.

The students and the Submit button

11. The Group is now created. In approximately 24hours a corresponding Microsoft Class Team will have been created and can be used for synchronous, live sessions.

The created Group

The Note icon All Blackboard Instructors (DMU staff, External Examiners, Guest Lecturers etc.) who are enroled on the Blackboard shell will be added to the MS Class Team with Owner status. Please review these enrolments once the Class Team is created and remove any Owners that might not necessarily require access to the MS Class Team.

The Note icon It is possible to create more than one Group in Blackboard with the _msteams suffix where there is a requirement to group students into different MS Class Teams. However, virtual groupings may also be achieved in MS Teams by creating Channels that only specific students can see.

Microsoft Class Teams

With the Microsoft Class Team in place:

  • Identify the date and time for your synchronous sessions from your academic register.
  • Visit the Team and schedule the session(s).
  • Include the name of the tutor associated with each group in the session name.


The Note icon If students leave or join the module mid-semester, you must ensure that the Blackboard Group membership is updated to include any students added to your cohort as late enrolments etc. The Microsoft Class Team will be updated overnight to include any new students.

The Note icon MS Class Teams links should be made available in a specified Blackboard Content Area. Guidance for setting up a Blackboard content area is available at this link. If multiple Blackboard groups (and hence, Teams) have been created then the meeting links can be added with adaptive release. Guidance for setting the adaptive release of content folders is available at this link.

The Note icon If you have set up a single MS Class Team for a large cohort and are intending to run multiple sessions (repeated) for sub groups. These sub groups should be set up as Groups in Blackboard first, which will enable the formation of separate Teams.