Create Assignments

The Assignment tool allows Instructors to create coursework, receive a file or text submission from their students, and then manage the grades and feedback for each student.

Create Assignment

  • Go to the Content Area to add your Assignment (see left menu--Content Areas are essentially the left side menu items for your course.) If you do not yet have a content area created for Assignments, Create a New Content Area and label it Assignments before continuing with the instructions below.
  • On the Action Bar, point to Assessments.
  • Select Assignment.

Initial Settings

  • On the Create Assignment page type in a Name for the Assignment. (e.g., Assignment 1)
  • In the text editor box, type in instructions for the Assignment OR paste content using Control + V (or Mac - Command + V) created elsewhere. Learn more about using BbLearn Text Editor.
  • Optional: Browse Your Computer or Your Course to attach a file to the Assignment. Read help for converting to PDF files to ensure compatiblity with Chrome's PDF viewer. WARNING: The Internet Explorer browser (IE) is NOT supported by BbLearn. Please switch to a supported browser (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Edge).
  • Optional: Enter the Due Date for the Assignment and check the box to the left of the Due Date to turn it on. The due date is visible to the student within the assignment instructions, in the My Grades area, and in the student's Calendar.

Grading Settings

  • Enter the Points Possible for the Assignment.
  • Optional: Use a Rubric to grade the Assignment. There are several options available for showing the Rubric to Students: No, After Grading, Yes (Without Rubric Scores) Yes (With Rubric Scores). Learn more about Rubrics.
  • Within the grading section under Points Possible and Add Rubric, you will find three sub-categories: Submission Details, Grading Options, and Display of Grades.

Submission Details

  • Click on Submission Details
  • Leave it as Individual Submission unless you want to the students to work in groups and have just one student from each group submit the assignment on the group's behalf.
  • Select the number of Assignment Attempts you wish to allow. (Options: Single Attempt, Multiple Attempts, Unlimited Attempts)


  1. If you are using SafeAssign, the plagiarism detection software, for this assignment...[CLICK TO EXPAND]

    To enable SafeAssign for Plagiarism Detection, check the box under Plagiarism Tools. The SafeAssign report runs on student submitted text and files. SafeAssign only supports file types that are convertible to plain text including: DOCX, DOC, PPT, PPTX, PDF, TXT, ODT, RTF, HTML, and HTM. Spreadsheet files are not supported.

    Best practice is to allow more than one attempt with only the final submission being graded. Share the SafeAssign report with your students to aid them in revising their work, correcting their citations, and learning how to paraphrase correctly. Each new attempt is recognized by SafeAssign as originating from the same student and the same assignment and will not be checked against content in previous attempts.
    SafeAssign Settings:

    - Check "Allow students to view SafeAssign originality report" to give your students access. A recommended best practice in using SafeAssign as a teaching tool is to allow multiple attempts for an assignment and then allow students to revise and resubmit their work after viewing the originality report.

    - Do not check "Exclude submissions from the Institutional and Global Reference Database". THE EXCEPTION: Only if the assignment is a submitted DRAFT and students will turn in their final work to a SEPARATE graded SafeAssign Assignment should you check this option.

Grading Options

  • Click on Grading Options
  • You may Enable Anonymous Grading by checking the box provided.
  • Enable Delegated Grading by checking the box provided. more »

Display of Grades

  • Click on Display of Grades
  • Columns are setup by default to show Score as the Primary display and nothing for the Secondary display. NOTE: The secondary display is NOT SHOWN to students, only to instructors.
  • Exclude the grade for this assignment from the Grade Center Calculations by unchecking the box.
  • The grade center column for this assignment is shown to students by default.
  • The score for this assignment is shown to students by default.
  • The statistics for this assignment as not shown to students by default.

Availability Settings

  • The Assignment is Available to Students by default.
  • Optional: You may Limit the Availability or access that your students have to the assignment by entering a date range. Be sure to check the boxes to the left of Display After and Display Until to turn them on.
  • Click Submit to save your changes.
  • BbLearn displays a success message at the top of the page and the Assignment you created now appears in the Content Area.

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