Submitting your work with the Assignment tool in Blackboard allows you to easily upload your homework files to your instructor and receive files back, along with your grade. There is no need for paper or even email.
You can access an Assignment in Blackboard when it’s been deployed by your instructor in a Content Area of the course. Your instructor may have an entire area in your course dedicated to all assignments, perhaps even linked on the Course menu, or assignments may be placed along with related lesson material.
You can identify Assignments by the icon located to the left of their titles in the content area of the course.
Once the instructor informs you that an assignment is available and where to find it, read and follow all instructions carefully, view the rubric if one has been provided, complete the work as directed, then click Submit to pass in your work.
A Rubric is a tool that lists evaluation criteria for an assignment. Rubrics can help your understand what is expected and how you might best meet the requirements of an assignment. They also help instructors explain how your work is evaluated.
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Submitting an Assignment
Once you click the Assignment link, you will be brought to the Assignment page as pictured here.
Assignments and the Inactivity Timer
Something to keep in mind is Blackboard has a 30 minute activity timer and typing is not a recognizable activity in the Blackboard system. If you are typing an assignment and it takes more than 30 minutes to complete, the page may reset. When the page resets, it will not save your work and you will lose the body of your message. We recommend that students compose assignments in a word processing program and either copy and paste the text into the text area or attach the file using the File Attachment button.
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Confirming Your Submission
When submitting an Assignment in Blackboard, particularly ones which include file attachments, you should take the time to confirm your submission. You should receive a confirmation message after you submit your assignment. To be safe, however, you will probably want to confirm you submission manually. There are two ways that you can tell your Assignment has been submitted successfully.
|Manual Submission Confirmation|
|Assignment Link||Click on the Assignment link to view the submission history for that assignment. If you are allowed to make more than one submission, you will also see a Submission History that will display all your submissions by date and time.|
|My Grades Tool||You can also confirm your Assignment submission by accessing the My Grades area of a course. An exclamation point (!) will appear next to any Assignment that has been successfully submitted. You can access the submission history page by clicking either the name of the assignment or the green exclamation point (!).|
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Reviewing Your Results
Assignments submitted in Blackboard are not scored automatically, but need to be reviewed by your instructor. After reviewing your work, you instructor can use the same Assignment tool to provide you with a grade, written feedback, and additional files. You then can review the information in two ways: through the Assignment itself and through the My Grades area.
To review the assignment results through the Assignment Itself:
- Return to the Assignment for which you want to review the results.
- Click on the Assignment link to open the Submission History.
- At the bottom of your submission will be Instructor Feedback that will have a grade, any comments, and any attached files.
To review the assignment results through the My Grades Area:
- Click My Grades link in the Course Menu if it is available. Remember, your instructor can rename the title of this link. You will know you are on the right page because My Grades will be at the top.
- Look for the Assignment for which you want to review the results.
- Click on the name of the assignment to see instructor feedback, inline comments, or to obtain files that may have returned. Additionally, some comments will appear in the comments column to the right of the grade column.
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Assignments are created in Content Areas, but can also be added to Learning Modules, Lesson Plans, and folders. Any instructions and file attachments that students need to complete the assignment are provided at the time of creation. You can deliver assignments to each student individually or as collaborative work for groups of students.
As assignments are created, you will work in Edit Mode ON. Edit Mode ON allows you to view all of the instructor functions.
The easiest way to collect assignments, papers, or files from your students is to create an Assignment in Blackboard.
- In Edit Mode ON click the Assignments link on your course’s homepage.
- Click on Assessments.
- On the drop-down list, click Assignment.
- On the Create Assignment page, enter a Name for your assignment. This is required.
- In the Instructions box, add the instructions for the assignment–if desired. This is optional.
- You can also browse and attach a file from your local computer if you wish. While this is completely optional, some instructors attach a journal article to their assignments, others attach an exemplar of what an exceptional student submission should look like. Again, this is optional. But, this process is similar to the process of attaching a file to an email message.
- Scroll down and enter the Points Possible.
- Select the checkbox to Make the Assignment Available. This makes your Assignment available to students, although you can choose the date and time that students can see or not see this Assignment under Limit Availability.
- For Number of Attempts, we strongly recommend that you either allow unlimited attempts or allow a certain number of attempts rather than allowing just a single attempt. Experience shows that at least one of your students will accidentally submit the wrong file or accidentally submit an assignment with no file attached. If you set Number of Attempts to Allow Single attempt, that student will be locked out of the assignment and you will need to manually clear his or her assignment attempt in your Grade Center before the student will be able to submit the correct file. However, choosing to allow 2 attempts gives your students one “do-over” if they need it and it and won’t impact your grading at all because, by default, Blackboard shows you the student’s most recent submission (although there is an option to view and download a student’s previous submissions.)
- Select and set Display After for the date and time you will start accepting student submissions and select and set Display Until for the date and time the assignment is due. This prevents students from submitting assignments after the deadline.
- If you are going to accept late submissions, select and set the Due Date and time. If you are not going to accept late submissions, leave this section blank.
- Finally, choose if this assignment will be available to all of your students or to select groups of students.
- Then, click Submit.
Blackboard will display a green success box telling you that you assignment has been successfully created. To see what your assignment looks like from a student’s point of view, turn Edit Mode off.