Skip to main content
Blackboard Help

Inline Grading for Assignments

About Inline Grading For Assignments

Instructors can view student-submitted files “inline,” meaning in the web browser, without requiring any plug-ins, applets, or client-side applications. Additionally, annotations tools are available as part of the inline viewer, enabling Instructors to provide feedback – comments, highlights, and even drawing/annotation – directly on the inline view of the document. 

  • When an instructor views a document submitted through an assignment, that document is converted to a format that is viewable inside the web browser. Supported document types that can be converted include Word (.doc, .docx), PowerPoint (.ppt, .pptx), Excel (.xls,.xlsx), and PDF (.pdf). The converted document is displayed in a viewer on the Grade Assignment page. Formatting and embedded images of the original document are preserved in the conversion.
  • The viewer has a toolbar with following features:
    • Zoom In and Out
    • Comment - Shows a menu of all annotation tools.
    • Download - Downloads a copy of the document. If annotations have been made, there is an option to download the copy in the original format or in a PDF version that includes the annotations.
    • Page Forward and Back buttons
    • Show all annotations button
  • The viewer is supported on contemporary versions of Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and Internet Explorer. No plug-in or another application is necessary.
  • If the student has uploaded a file that isn't in a format supported by the inline viewer, then instead of seeing the viewer, the Instructor is prompted to download the file in question.
  • The inline viewer is powered by a third-party, cloud-based technology called Crocodoc.

To learn more about the tool, see Inline Assignment Grading.

To learn more about how to grade inline, see Grading Assignments.