Documentation:Blackboard Learn Support Resources/grading assignments

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Grading Assignments

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

  • Click the dropdown menu in the cell of the
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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