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’.

Items that need grading are indicated by a yellow circle.

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Click the dropdown menu corresponding to the assignment and choose the attempt that you need to grade.

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You will see the student's submission displayed on the left side of the grading window and feedback tools on the right.

Click the small arrow below the 'Attempt' box to see the Grading Panel.


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.

The following filetypes will be displayed in the crocodoc viewer and can be annotated.

  • -.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