Collect Assignments Through Blackboard

Vendor documentation: “Assignments

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Assignments allow you to create coursework and manage the grades and feedback for each student separately. In an assignment, you can include a description, point value, and file attachments. You can create assignments in several courses areas, such as in a content area or folder.

Students access the assignment, type a submission, attach files, and submit it. You can respond to each student separately through the Grade Center with comments, feedback, and attached files.

Creating an Assignment

  1. Select or create the content area where students will access the assignment.
  2. Click on the Assessments button, then select Assignment
  3. Enter a Title/Name for the Assignment
  4. Enter value in the “Points Possible” field in the Grading section. (For a non-graded assignment, enter 0.)
    Assignment Points Possible
  5. Click Submit

For Advanced options and related instructions when creating a Blackboard Assignment, click here.

Submitting an Assignment (the Student Perspective)

  1. To submit an assignment, students will need to click on the View/Complete Assignment… link in the course Content area.
    Please note that if the student has the “What’s New” module to receive course notifications, they can click on Assignments and the Title of an Assignment to go directly to it.

  2. Once the student is viewing the assignment, they can click on the title of the Assignment to begin the submission process.
  3. On the Upload Assignment page, students can see all of the Assignment Information in one place.
  1. Students have the option to writing or copy/paste their assignment or to upload a file. To submit text, they would click on Write Submission button to display text editor. To attach a file, they can either click Browse My Computer and select a file to upload or drag the file from their computer onto the Attach Files section.Students also have an option to add comments to their submission. Note: copying / pasting from Microsoft Word results in unwanted formatting tags that may cause display issues in the browser. Students should be advised to save their file as plain text first before pasting it into the text box in Blackboard.
  2. To complete the assignment student must click the Submit button.
    When students submit assignments successfully, the Review Submission History page will display information about their submitted assignments and a success message with a confirmation number. Students will also receive an email with a confirmation number and other details for each submission.

If a student clicks the Save as Draft button, they can come back to finish the assignment later; when the student clicks the Submit button, their comments and files will be uploaded and available to the Instructor.

Note: If a student clicks the Submit button prematurely, you will need to clear the attempt in order to let the student try again. You can do this by viewing the individual assignment details in the Grade Center.

Viewing Submitted Assignments

  1. Find the appropriate Grade Center column for the assignment – it will match the name you gave the assignment.
  2. Click on the down arrow after the name for that grade center item (on the student’s row), and then choose the Attempt Date menu item to view the submission details.


Inline Grading

View submissions inline using the Box View grading screen. Over 100 file types are supported (supported file types). Graders can add point-based comments and highlighting.

Note: Assignment submissions created with the content editor will not appear in the document viewer. Submissions of this type show in the window, but annotation features are unavailable.


  • INLINE ANNOTATION: Click the comment icon to begin adding inline comments. Click and select text to highlight.
  • DOWNLOAD FILE: Click the download link to save student’s file to your computer. Annotations are not saved with the file.
  • INLINE COMMENT: Type comments inline and click Post. Once a comment is saved, students can view it by clicking on the blue comment icon in the document viewer. 

Assign grades and view assignment details, the grading rubric, and each attempt using the Grading Sidebar.

  1. GRADE ATTEMPT: Enter a grade; this could be a score or letter grade.
  2. GRADE BY RUBRIC: Open a rubric if one is associated with the assignment.
  3. FEEDBACK TO LEARNER: Format your comments, attach a file, and check your spelling using the Content Editor.
  4. ADD NOTES: Privatize your notes to keep track of students’ progress during the revision process and refer to your notes when assigning the final grade.
  5. SUBMISSION: Download the student’s original file.

How to Grade Assignments Anonymously

You can grade assignments anonymously to ensure impartial evaluation of student work. In anonymous grading, all identifying information is hidden and attempts appear in random order. Each student is assigned a number, such as Student 8.

What is the difference between Grading Anonymously and Anonymous Grading option? When the Anonymous Grading is enabled in the Assignment’s Grading Options student names are automatically hidden from graders.

To grade anonymously from the Needs Grading page:

  1. Access an assignment attempt’s contextual menu.
  2. Click Grade Anonymously. The Grade Assignment page appears.

To grade anonymously from the Grade Center:

  1. Access an assignment column’s contextual menu.
  2. Click Grade Anonymously. The Grade Assignment page appears.

To grade anonymously from the Grade Assignment page:

  1. On the action bar, click Hide User Names.
  2. Click OK in the pop-up window to verify the action. If grading was in progress, any unsaved changes to the open attempt are lost. The Grade Assignment page refreshes and all identifying information is hidden.

How to Allow Additional Attempts

If a student has submitted the maximum number of attempts for an assignment, you can allow an additional attempt:

Grade Details

  1. Locate the cell for a student’s assignment containing an exclamation mark.
  2. Access the cell’s contextual menu and click View Grade Details.
  3. On the Grade Details page, click Allow Additional Attempt and confirm.The Allow Additional Attempt function only appears if a student has already submitted the maximum number of attempts allowed for that assignment. You can continue to offer opportunities to resubmit attempts each time a student reaches that maximum number. You do not have to grade previous attempts to allow a student to submit again.Alternatively, click Ignore Attempt to ignore the attempt’s score in grade calculations and not count it against the maximum number of attempts.

Downloading Files in a Batch

You can download assignment submissions to review them offline instead of reviewing them online. Choose to download all or only selected submissions as a single ZIP file. Unzip or expand the file to view the contents. Each submission is saved as a separate file.

  1. Under your course’s Control Panel, click on the Grade Center link, and then the Assignments link. Click on the option Chevron  under the column title for the assignment you wish to download all submissions.
  2. Click on the Assignment File Download menu item.

  1. Use the check boxes to choose specific students, or click the Check All box (to the left of the Name column heading) to select all the students who’ve submitted work.
  1. Click the Submit button. You’ll see a message confirming that the files have been exported. Click the Download assignments now link.
  2. Click the Save button and navigate to the place on your disk or hard drive where you’d like to save the files.
  3. The files will be saved to your computer as a Zip archive (.zip). You’ll need to double-click on the zip file to view and open the individual files. You’ll notice that Blackboard includes the students’ usernames (most likely their NetIDs) in the filenames, so they’re easier to identify.


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