Creating an Assignment – Advanced Options

Assignments can be created in any of your Blackboard course content areas. You can distribute assignments to course groups.

Information on this page:

Assignment Information

  1. In the Course Menu, click on the content area where you want to place the assignment.
  2. From the drop-down menu Assessments, choose Assignment. The Create Assignment page will appear.
  3. On the Create Assignment page, type a name for the assignment.
  4. In the Instructions box, type any specific instructions or requirements for the assignment, such as recommended length, etc.
  5. Optionally, select a Due Date. If a student submits an assignment after the due date, the submission is identified as late on the Grade Assignment page. Students will see it marked late on their Review Submission History pages.

Assignment Files

Under Assignment Files, browse for and attach any documents that the learners may need to complete the written assignment (optional). Attaching files to the assignment is similar to attaching a file to an email. This could be a journal article for which students must write a reflection or a picture of artwork that students must critique.

Instructors have two options for attaching Assignment Files:

  1. Browse My Computer: Upload a file from computer, flash drive, etc.
    -OR-
  2. Drag and Drop a file from your computer to the Attach Files area
    -OR-
  3. Browse Course: Upload a file from the course’s storage repository

Due Dates

Optionally, select a Due Date to organize and assign gradable items to grading periods that will also reflect within the Grade Center. If a student submits an assignment after the due date, the submission is identified as late on the Grade Assignment page. Students will see it marked late on their Review Submission History pages.

If a student submits an assignment after the due date, the submission is identified as late on the Grade Assignment page and students will see it marked late on their Review Submission History pages.  Also, assignments with due dates will show automatically in the course calendar. Due dates are required when you want to create an assignment and grade it anonymously. For more information about this feature, see Assignment Grade Settings

Grading

In the Grading section, type the Points Possible. Optionally, expand the sections to make selections such as anonymous grading and how the grade is displayed.

The Grading section is organized into three groups:

  • Submission Details: Select general settings, such as type of assignment and how many times students can submit it.
  • Grading Options: Set up anonymous and delegated grading.
  • Display of Grades: Select Grade Center column settings, such as whether to show the grade to students.

1. Submission Details: General settings, including Assignment Type (Individual  or Group Submission) and Number of Attempts (Single, Multiple, or Unlimited Attempts)

2. Grading Options: You can choose to grade assignments anonymously and to assign other graders to help you with your grading tasks.

  • Enable Anonymous Grading – There is the option of enabling anonymous grading in order to eliminate any possible grading bias. Student names are hidden during grading therefore making them anonymous.  Instructors can chose to disable anonymous grading either after a specified date, or after all assignments have been submitted. This is particularly useful tool for high-stake assignments.
  • Enable Delegated Grading – Use this feature to assign specific users in your course to grade particular sets of student submissions. Once you have selected the check box for enabling delegated grading you will be able to view the list of potential graders. See detailed instructions on setting up Delegated Grading.

3. Display of Grades:

This section allows instructors to decide how grades will appear in the Grade Center, and to the students in My Grades.

Options for Display Grade As include: Score, Text, Percentage, Letter, or Complete/Incomplete. Based on the assignment requirements, you can choose whether or not to show the grade and statistical information to students in My Grades.

Availability

In the availability area, you have the option to make an assignment available without restrictions, or to Limit Availability within a specified date range. Instructors also have the option to Track Number of Views made my students. Note that Availability is is not to be confused with Due Dates.

Finally, once all options have been selected within this Create Assignment page, click the Submit button. The assignment will appear in the appropriate content area.

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