Grade Assignment Submissions
NEW Feature: Inline Assignment Grading
Blackboard Inc. recently added a new feature in BbLearn which allows for inline grading of Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, PowerPoint presentations, and PDF files. This means you don't have to download the submission to grade it. See the help below to learn more.
The Blackboard Assignment annotation feature made by Crocodoc auto-saves periodically, but will also timeout after 60 minutes. Keep this in mind while grading.
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An assignment that has been submitted, but not graded, is indicated with an exclamation mark, this is the Needs Grading icon. Assignments that need grading can be accessed from the Needs Grading page or from the Full Grade Center. Instructors have the option to grade assignments anonymously.
- Under the Grade Center, select Full Grade Center.
- Click the action menu for the student's assignment that you want to grade.
- Select the Attempt you want to grade from the drop down menu.
- TIP: Click the right side of the Course Menu to minimize the menu, and consequently increase the area available to view assignment submissions.
- Common file types such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint or PDF will automatically open allowing for inline grading. Otherwise, you'll be able to download their assignment files.
- Next to the Attempt details, you can enter a Grade and Feedback for your student.
- You can also Attach files to give back to your student using the paperclip icon.
- Press Submit to finish grading, or to learn more about adding inline comments continue reading.
The new assignment inline grading feature allows you to add comments, draw, highlight, and strikeout any area within your students submission.
Comment on Submission
The comments tool works similarly to the comment feature in Microsoft Word.
- Point Comment allows you to click anywhere in the document, and then type your comment off to the side.
- Area Comment allows you to select any area of the document that you'd like to reference, and then type your comment off to the side.
- Text Comment allows you to select a section of text within the document that you'd like to reference, and then type your comment off to the side.
- To remove a comment, click on it and select the option to Delete.
Draw on Submission
- The drawing feature allows you to sketch basic drawings, and includes four colors.
- To remove a drawing either right-click on a PC, or ctrl-click on a Mac, and select Remove Drawing.
- You can also click on the drawing to select it, and press Delete on your keyboard.
- The highlight feature allows you to use four different colors to highlight the submissions text.
- To remove the highlight, right-click on a PC, or ctrl-click on a Mac, and select Remove Highlight.
Add Text Box to Submission
- To add a block of text, click the Text button, and then click where you'd like to start your text box.
- You can specify font color and size.
- To remove a text box either right-click on a PC, or ctrl-click on a Mac, and select Remove Text.
- You can also click on the edge of the text box to select it, and press Delete on your keyboard.
- Click the Strikeout button, and then highlight the text you want to strike through.
- To remove a strikeout either right-click on a PC, or ctrl-click on a Mac, and select Remove Strikeout.
- You may download each student's submission by pressing the either the down arrow button located above the submission preview screen, or the down arrow button next to the submission file name on the right.
- You may also Download ALL Assignment Submissions at once.
Download Annotated Submission
- You may download the annotated version of the submission (i.e., the version with your inline grading comments) as well. Click the down arrow button located above the submission preview screen, and select Download annotated PDF.
- Below is a sample of what highlights, drawings, and area comments look like on a downloaded annotated PDF.
Return file to StudentIf you downloaded your students file, and need to return that, or if you need to return any other file to your student along with their assignment grade, you may upload files while grading your students work.
- Click the attachment icon located at the bottom of the Grade Feedback box.
- Click on the Browse My Computer button to locate a file on your computer, or Browse Course if you've already uploaded your file.