Documentation:Blackboard Learn Support Resources/assignments-faculty

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Blackboard Learn features many significant enhancements to faculty workflow when grading assignments, including the ability to annotate and grade student work right in your browser. Please note: OLFMs must still enter grades into myTRU. Entering grades into Blackboard does NOT trigger an assignment pay.

Grading Assignments

From any page in your course, click ‘Grade Center’, then ‘Full Grade Center’.

Overview of the Full Grade Center Use the tools in the grey toolbar to customize the grade center.

  • Sort by ‘Last Name’ , ‘First Name’ or by assignment by clicking the column headers.
  • Click the drop down arrow beside a column header title to see more options.
  • Hover over an icon or click ‘Icon Legend’ to see what an icon indicates.
  • Click on an icon to enter a grade directly.
  • Click the dropdown arrow beside the title of a gradable column and choose ‘Grade Attempts’.
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There are multiple ways that a student’s submission may be displayed, depending upon the type of submission:

  • -’Submission Text’ is text entered directly into the assignment submission text-box and cannot be annotated .
  • -Uploaded MS Office* or PDF documents will appear in a ‘crocodoc’ viewer and can be annotated.
  • -A download link will appear if students upload a file type different from MS Office or PDF. This file cannot be annotated online

You can read the student’s submission right in your browser unless the student uploaded a file type other than MS Office or PDF supported file types end with the following extensions:

  • -.doc or .docx
  • -.ppt or .pptx
  • -.xls or .xlsx
  • -.pdf
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Enter the student’s grade in the ‘Attempt’ line.

  • Click the ‘Grading Notes’ button in the ‘Attempt’ line to enter notes for yourself.
  • These notes are not shown to the student.
  • Enter feedback for the student in the ‘Grader Feedback’ box,


  • Attach your feedback file by clicking the paper clip in the bottom left corner.
  • Click ‘Submit’ to return the assignment to the student.
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If your student uploads an MS Office or PDF file, you may annotate the submission using the crocodoc tool.

  • Highlight a section of text and then click ‘Comment’ for options.
  • You can enter comments, draw, highlight text, enter textboxes or strikeout text (see bottom image).
  • Enter the student’s grade and any comments as in #3, above.
  • Click ‘Submit’ to return the assignment to the student.
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Note: You may notice that entering comments in crocodoc requires a widescreen monitor.

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Unsupported filetypes are displayed with a ‘Download’ link for offline viewing.

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Needs Grading

You may also click ‘Needs Grading’ under the ‘Grade Center’ link to access a list of assignments which need grading.

  • Click ‘Grade All’ to begin grading assignments.
  • Click ‘Filter’ to show or hide the filter bar.
  • Set filter parameters and click ‘Go’ to filter items in the list.
  • Click the header of any column to sort items in the list.
  • Click the triangle beside the header to reverse the sort.
  • Click a student’s name to grade his/her assignment.
  • Hover over an Item Name and click the dropdown (not shown in this image) to grade all student submissions for that item.
  • Customize your paging preferences with the buttons at the bottom of the page.
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If you have questions, please contact

Creating Assignments

Please follow these instructions to create an assignment in Blackboard Learn.

To create a new assignment, you must first toggle the Edit Mode to ‘On’, then hover your cursor over ‘Assessments’ and choose ‘Assignment’.

Create Assignment 1.png

Enter a name and a description of the assignment using the Content Editor.


Changing the colour of the assignment will change the colour of the title in the list of assignments.
Create Assignment 2.png

If you need to attach files, click ‘Browse my Computer’ or ‘Browse Course’. Enter the number of points possible.

Create Assignment 3.png

  • 4. Adjust the dates that the assignment is available to students. You may want to click the box beside ‘Track Number of Views’.
Create Assignment 4.png

  • 5. Set the due date and time.

Tip: If you deliver a continuous entry course for Open Learning, you should leave this section blank.

Create Assignment 5.png

  • 6. Assign the item to all individual students or to groups. Click ‘Submit’.
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  • 7. You will see the green confirmation bar upon successful submission.
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If you have questions, please contact

Edit assignments

Click on the assignment and it will give you the 'edit' option.

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