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Note: This feature requires that a Blackboard administrator has enabled a REST API integration with Hypothesis. For other methods to implement reading groups in your LMS, see How to Assign Hypothesis Readings to Small Groups.

Hypothesis allows you to create small reading groups using Blackboard’s built-in Groups functionality, which provides enormous flexibility to build and manage your own student reading groups.

Create a Blackboard Group Set

A Group Set is a Blackboard organizational container that contains one or more groups. Note that you can create as many Group Sets as you want in a course.

For detailed instructions and information about creating and using Blackboard Groups, see Blackboard’s help documents for Learn Original and Ultra.

Blackboard Learn Original

To create a new group set, select Groups from the sidebar. Then click the Create button and select the type of Group Set you want to create. Note that you must create a Group Set and not a single group. Hypothesis is unable to use groups that are not part of a Group Set.

Blackboard Original Learn create a new Group Set

Name your Group Set and populate its groups as needed.

Blackboard Ultra

Under Details & Actions on the sidebar, click Course Groups.

Blackboard Ultra location of Course Groups button

Then on the Course Groups page click the New Group Set button in the upper right.

Blackboard Ultra location of New Group Set button

Name your Group Set and populate its groups as needed.

Create a Hypothesis Group assignment

Important: Make sure you have built and configured your Blackboard Group Sets and Groups before creating a new Hypothesis reading.

When creating a new Hypothesis reading you will be prompted during set-up to choose to configure the reading as a group assignment. Check the box to indicate This is a group assignment and select from the drop-down list an existing Group Set that reflects your desired reading groups.

Location to indicate a Group Assignment

As the instructor, when you open the Hypothesis reading you will see each group listed in the drop-down at the top of the Hypothesis sidebar. To view annotations for a group, select the group name from the list.

Location of group drop-down in Hypothesis sidebar

Students opening the Hypothesis reading will only see the one group listed in the sidebar of which they are a member. Annotations they post will only be visible to other members of that group and vice versa.

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