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Create a Blackboard assignment


1. Introduction

The Blackboard assignments tool allows you to create assignments, view student submissions, and mark / provide feedback online.

When should I use a Blackboard assignment?

Blackboard Assignments are different to Turnitin assignments, in that they don't provide Originality / Similarity Reports. You should use a Blackboard assignment when you need students to submit files larger than 40Mb, URLs e.g. YouTube videos, or file formats that are not supported by Turnitin.


2. Create a Blackboard assignment

a. In a module, turn Edit Mode ON.

b. In the Assignments content area, hover your mouse over Assessments and click Assignment.

Assessments list 

c. Type an assignment Name. This is the link that students will click on to open the assignment. You can change the colour of the link, but this is optional.

Name field

d. Type some Instructions for your students.

Instructions field

e. Under Assignment Files, you can attach any files you want your students to read in relation to the assignment.

f. Select the Due Date. This is the same one specified in the Module Handbook.

  • Recommendation: Set this to a time during staffed hours, so that support is available for students submitting assignments. Please be aware of the University system upgrade schedule when setting deadlines.

Due date field

g. Under Grading, enter the Points Possible for the assignment. Note, it's best to mark out of 100, then weight assignments later in Grade Centre if you need to. You can also add a rubric for marking and feedback.

Grading fields

h. In the Submission Details section:

  • Assignment type: Is your assignment for individuals or sub-groups?
  • Number of attempts: You can allow single, multiple or unlimited submission attempts.

i. In the Grading Options section:

  • Enable anonymous marking: Tick this if you want student submissions to be anonymous.
  • Enable delegated marking: Tick this if you want to set up delegated marking.

j. In the Display of grades section:

  • Display grade as: Choose how you want marks to appear to students e.g. Score.
  • Include in Grade Centre calculations: Tick this if you want the marks for this assignment to be included in the Total column, or other calculated columns. Note, remember to hide the Total column until you want students to see their marks.
  • Show to students in My Grades: Leave this unticked so that students don't see their marks too early.
  • Show statistics: Leave this unchecked so that students don't see their marks too early.

k. Under Availability

  • Make the Assignment Available: Tick this so that students can access the assignment.
  • Limit Availability: You can limit the date range that the assignment is available if you need to.
  • Track Number of Views: You can tick this to track views of the assignment.

l. Click Submit.


3. View a Blackboard assignment

a. In the Module Management menu at the bottom left of your module, click Grade Centre, then click Full Grade Centre.

b. Find the column for the assignment, you may need to use the slider bar at the bottom of the rows to view the columns.

c. All new submissions that need marking are highlighted with an exclamation mark.

d. Click the action link (circle with down arrow) next to the exclamation mark, then click attempt you want to mark.


4. Mark / leave feedback

To find out more about leaving feedback in the document viewer for Blackboard assignments get started with Box View guide.

See our guides to marking assignments and leaving feedback for more detail.


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Page last updated: 06/02/2020

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