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graph and pencilUse assignments to assess students in a variety of meaningful ways beyond traditional objective tests.

While traditional objective tests have value in your suite of assessment tools, other methods can paint a truer picture of what students know. Assess students in ways where they can apply the course concepts and demonstrate their knowledge in tangible ways.

With assignments, you can create coursework, and manage the grades and feedback for each student separately. You can include an assignment description, point value, and file attachments. You can create assignments in several courses areas, such as in a content area or folder. You can also distribute assignments to course groups. To learn more, see Create Group Assignments.

You can share grading responsibility with teaching assistants, graders, and other instructors. You can allow multiple graders to grade the same assignments to promote reliability in grading. You can also grade anonymously to eliminate bias. To learn more, see Delegated Grading and Anonymous Grading.


You can use the assignments tool for a variety of assignment types:

  • Case studies
  • Problem-based learning exercises
  • Essays and research papers
  • Group projects
  • Presentations
  • Field observations
  • Lab work
  • Peer reviews
  • Book reports, article reviews, and summaries

Assignments in Action

assignments steps: create assignment, student takes assignment, instructor grades, and student reviews grade in My Grades

Student Experience

Students can benefit from online assignments in several ways:

  • Time-on-task is improved by providing an efficient way to view and submit assignments.
  • If you allow multiple attempts, you can return submissions with feedback. Students can improve their work before resubmitting it for a final grade. To learn more, see Multiple Assignment Attempts.
  • You can provide rubrics and examples as part of an assignment so that students know how they will be evaluated.

Access Student Topics

You can access topics in the student section of Blackboard Help and view assignments as a student does. The student point of view can influence your decisions for assignment settings and what you include in your instructions.

To see the student view and a list of some of the questions students have, see Assignments.

When you access the folder listed, you are viewing information in the student section of Blackboard Help. When you are finished, select the instructor role in the drop-down list at the top of the page to return to viewing instructor topics.

Best Practices

To learn more about using the assignments tool in your course, visit the following topics:

Best Practice: Presenting Assignments

Deliver assignments to students in different areas of your course, exactly where your students need them. View the examples to determine which method helps you accomplish your goals.

Best Practice: Assignment Instructions

Discover some tips for creating successful online assignments while addressing student concerns.

Best Practice: Assignment Rubrics

Help students succeed by sharing your expectations. Provide rubrics and feedback to help students fulfill all assignment requirements now and in the future.

Best Practice: Plagiarism

Prepare your students to prevent plagiarism. Use SafeAssign to help them investigate plagiarism potential.