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What is a Blackboard Assignment?

The Assignment tool allows instructors to provide assignment instructions and/or assignment materials to students via Blackboard, and allows students to view and submit required assignment materials online for grading.

Why Use Assignments?
New Assignment Capabilities

How-to Tutorials

Why use Assignments?

  • The Digital DropBox is no longer available in Blackboard 9.1.

    • Instructors can use an Assignment to distribute files students need to complete the assignment (optional).
    • Students use an Assignment to submit files to their instructors for grading.

  • Assignments are tied directly to the Grade Center.

    • A grade column is automatically created in the Grade Center when an Assignment is created.
    • Student Assignment submissions are automatically recorded in the Grade Center column for that Assignment.

  • Instructors can download student file submissions as a ZIP file, review them off-line, then enter the grades online in the Grade Center.
  • Assignment files can be quickly deleted using a simple batch process when they're no longer needed.

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New Inline Assignment Grading

  • Redesigned, easier-to-use Assignment grading page
  • Open student-submitted Word, Excel, PowerPoint and PDF files directly within Blackboard - no need to download them first, grade them, and then upload them again!
  • Easily provide feedback - including adding comments, highlighting and adding drawing/annotations - directly on the submitted Word, Excel, PowerPoint or PDF file within Blackboard
  • Other student-submitted file types can still be downloaded and uploaded for grading as before

Screen shot of the new Inline Assignment Grading screen

Note: The Assignment submission user interface has changed for students as well - if you provide an orientation to Blackboard and/or submitting an assignment for your students, be sure to update that information to reflect the changes!

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