The Blackboard Assignment tool allows marking and feedback of online assignments. When a student makes a submission, it is registered in the Grade Centre, where staff can then give the student feedback in the form of any of the following: a numeric grade, letter grade, inline commenting and highlighting, general comments, attachments, and a rubric. Students are notified about due dates and feedback on their assignment via the notifications area of the LMS, as well as via the My Grades tool within a subject if applicable.
Create an assignment
Navigate to the page in your subject where you want to create an assignment.
Ensure Edit Mode (to the top right of the page) is ON.
From the Assessments menu, select Assignment.
Enter a name and instructions for the assignment.
If required, attach files by clicking Browse My Computer, Browse Content Collection, or use the drag and drop feature to move files into the area outlined with a dotted line.
Enter the due date and time for the assignment. The assignment will continue to be visible after this date (if Limit Availability does not prevent this), but assignments submitted after the due date will be marked as late. By setting a due date, an entry will automatically be added to the subject calendar as a reminder for students.
Enter the points possible. It is recommend to grade assignments out of 100 and use the Grade Centre to weight the grade according to it's overall worth.
If using a rubric, click the Add Rubric button to select or create a rubric. For more information on using rubrics, see the relevant guide to using Rubrics in the LMS.
At Submission Details, choose the assignment type and number of attempts students will be allowed to make.
Assignment Type must be one of Individual (default) or Group submission
Individual Submission allows each student to submit their own assignment.
Group Submission allows a group of students to make a submission for their group. Note that groups need to have been created before for this feature to function correctly. If groups have not already been created, proceed with creating the assignment, and simply return later to select the groups after they have been created. Groups can be created at Control Panel >> Groups. For further information, see the relevant guide to using Groups in the LMS.
Number of Attempts options include Single (default), Multiple and Unlimited Attempts. When Multiple of Unlimited attempts are selected, staff need to select which attempt will be recognised as the final mark. Last Graded Attempt is selected by default. Allowing more than a single attempt can be useful for common scenarios where a student has submitted an incorrect file, or needs to alter their submission. Without allowing multiple submissions, the staff member would need to clear the existing submission to allow the student to submit again.
Grading Options allows you to select Anonymous or Delegated grading.
Note that the options for Anonymous and Delegated grading both have operational issues and unexpected outcomes. We strongly recommend against using Anonymous and Delegated grading options, and cannot provide support for these options.
Enable Anonymous Grading allows for student names to be hidden during the grading process. This enables staff to mark papers without knowing the identity of the student whose work they are marking.
Enable Delegated Grading allows for the delegation of grading responsibilities to one or more graders. Each staff member can then provide separate grades, feedback and notes to students. Part of the delegated grading setting is that some staff members must also ‘reconcile’ grades which involves reviewing and locking in a final grade for a student’s attempt. Grades are not saved until this reconciliation of grades has been conducted by a coordinator in the subject. Please note that although this tool can be useful, due to its complex scenarios and as well as some operational bugs, we do not recommend using this setting, and cannot provide support for it.
Display of Grades allows you to choose the appearance of the grade, and how it is displayed, both in the Grade Centre (to staff) and My Grades (to students).
The Primary grade is visible to staff and will be visible to students if the Grade Centre column is shown to students. Choose from Score, Letter, Text, Percentage or Complete/Incomplete.
The Secondary grade allows for the primary grade to be shown to students, and a second grade shown to staff. This is sometimes used in the case where students should see a letter grade, but staff only should see the relevant number grade (in addition to the letter grade). Choose from None, Score, Letter, Text, Percentage or Complete/Incomplete.
Include in Grade Centre grading Calculations allows the grades for this assignment to be used for any Calculated Columns such as the Total and Weighted Total.
Show to students in My Grades allows students to see marks from this assignment via My Grades. If you want the marks to be hidden from students initially, ensure this is set to No.
Show Statistics allows students to see the class average and median for the assignment via the My Grades tool.
Make the Assignment Available is selected by default, and gives students access to the assignment. If this is not selected, the assignment will be created on the page, but be visible to staff only.
Limit Availability allows restrictions as to when an assignment should appear and/or disappear from student view. This setting is not mandatory and has no effect on the due date.
Track Number of Views allows statistics reports on student activity for the assignment.
Receipts for student submissions
When students submit their work to a group or individual Blackboard assignment, they receive both an onscreen confirmation and email confirmation, both of which include a receipt number. This receipt number is also accessible through the My Grades tool.
Students are advised during the submission process that they should expect this onscreen confirmation and email, and that if they do not see it, they should try to resubmit or contact their teaching staff as soon as possible.
Onscreen confirmation of submission
After submitting their assignment, students see an onscreen confirmation in the form of a green banner at the top of the page: