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Assignment Inline Grading

Your institution controls if inline grading is available.

Access the Grade Assignment page

Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Ultra" help about accessing assignments.

You can start grading on the Needs Grading page or in the Grade Center. On the Grade Assignment page, you can view, comment on, and grade student-submitted assignment files.

More on the Needs Grading page

More on assigning grades in the Grade Center


Send reminders about missing coursework

You can send email reminders from Grade Center columns to students and members of groups who have missing coursework. Students receive a system-generated email that lists the course, coursework, and the due date if you assigned one.

More on sending reminders


Can I grade assignments right in the browser?

Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Ultra" help about inline grading.

If allowed by your institution, you can grade and annotate student files directly within the browser. The inline viewer is powered by a third-party, cloud-based technology called Crocodoc.

More on Crocodoc

Assignment inline grading workflow

On the Grade Assignment page, supported file types open in the browser.

More on supported file types

Annotation sessions expire after one hour. You will receive a warning message. After the time limit, annotations may not be saved. Need more time? Select Save Draft to save your work and continue later. Your text and files are saved on the page. When you return, you can resume working.

  1. View instructions. Expand the assignment instructions.
  2. Add annotations. From the inline viewer toolbar, select Comment and the annotation tools expand. You can comment, highlight, draw, strike out, and zoom in and out. Right-click an annotation to remove it. You can navigate to other pages in a student's file and download a copy of the file after you annotate it.
  3. Add, remove, or reply to comments. Add your comments wherever you want. Select a comment and the Reply and Delete options appear. Use the Reply function to expand on your previous comment.
  4. Provide a grade and feedback. In the right panel, grade the submission, provide feedback, attach files, and add private notes for yourself. If you associated a rubric, you can access it in this area. Select the Click to open full content editor icon to access the editor. You can also override or revert a grade.
  5. Download the student's file. Save the original file to your computer.

More on attaching files

More on grading with a rubric

What do students see? After you grade assignments, students can view their scores on their My Grades pages. They can also select the assignment in the course to review their submissions, your feedback, and their grades.


Supported file types

You can view these document types in the browser:

  • Microsoft® Word (DOC, DOCX)
  • Microsoft® PowerPoint® (PPT, PPTX)
  • Microsoft® Excel® (XLS, XLSX)
  • PDF

Original formatting and embedded images are preserved. If a student has uploaded an unsupported file, you're prompted to download it.

Assignment submissions students create with the editor aren't compatible with inline grading. Submissions of this type show in the grading screen, but annotation isn't available.


Assignment inline grading and Crocodoc

The inline viewer is powered by a third-party, cloud-based technology called Crocodoc. The viewer is supported on current versions of Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and Internet Explorer.

Student file submissions are stored in your Blackboard Learn instance, as always. A copy of the submission is transmitted to the Crocodoc cloud service for conversion. The converted version of the document lives in the cloud on servers managed by Crocodoc.

No personally identifiable data about students is sent to Crocodoc. Blackboard retrieves a document ID from Crocodoc and assigns it to the document. That mapping of document ID to user, course, assignment, and attempt is tracked locally in Blackboard. None of that data is available to Crocodoc. Only the file is transmitted to Crocodoc for conversion. The converted file and annotations are stored in the Crocodoc service.


Watch a video about assignment inline grading

Doesn't seem familiar? Watch a video about assignments and grading in "Ultra."

This video explains how to grade and annotate assignment submissions.

Video: Inline grading for assignments


ULTRA: Where do I start grading?

Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Original" help about accessing assignments.

You can choose where you want to start grading!

Want to see how many assignments are ready to grade in all your courses? In the list where your name appears first, you have immediate access to all your courses' grading tasks on the global Grades page. All your grading tasks are organized by course. You can quickly scan your progress, set priorities across the board, and even begin grading. No need to navigate to each course to see what's ready for grading.

The page only displays information if you need to take action. You see assignments that are ready to grade or which assignments are overdue for how many students.

Want to narrow your focus? In a course, you can access the course gradebook on the navigation bar. You can see who has made submissions and start grading.

From the activity stream, you're alerted when student submissions are ready for grading. Select the link to go to the gradebook. Or, select an assignment on the Course Content page to see how many students have made submissions.


ULTRA: Watch a video about assignments and grading

Doesn't seem familiar? Watch a video about assignments and grading in an "Original" course.

This video explains how to create and grade assignments.

Video: Assignments and grading


ULTRA: Start grading from an assignment

Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Original" help about the grade assignment page.

When you access an assignment, the Content and Settings page displays the instructions and files you provided, and details such as the due date. Select the Settings icon to make changes. For example, you can change the grading schema at any time and the change will show to students and in your gradebook.

View the rubric. If you associated a rubric with the assignment, you can review it.

More on grading with rubrics

Keep up with the conversation. If you allowed conversations about this assignment, select the speech bubble icon to see what students are saying. You can add to the conversation also. These conversations stay with the assignment, and you can access them here or from the assignment submissions page.

Select the Delete icon to remove anyone's conversation contribution. Students can delete their own contributions, but no one is allowed to make edits.

Check how many need grading. You can see how many students have completed the assignment in the Submissions link.


ULTRA: Assignment submissions list page

Keep track of everything on one page. Check who has made submissions and which aren't graded. Late submissions are also listed. Students with due date accommodations never have their submissions marked late.

More on accommodations

The Post Grades column shows which grades are ready to post. You can also select the speech bubble icon to see what students are saying.

Access the details. Review the assignment instructions and settings at any time. Select the Content and Settings link to return to the assignment page.

Start grading. Select student names to access their individual submissions, assign grades, and provide feedback.

You can also assign grades directly on this page. After you assign a value, click anywhere outside the grade area to save.


ULTRA: Assignment inline grading workflow

Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Original" help about inline grading.

If allowed by your institution, you can grade and annotate student files directly within the browser. The inline viewer is powered by a third-party, cloud-based technology called Crocodoc.

More on Crocodoc

More on supported file types

See a count of how many you've graded. You can view your progress in the upper-right corner.

View inline or download. You can download a student's file or select the View File icon to view a student's document inline.

Add comments and annotations. On the toolbar, select Comment and the annotation tools expand. You can comment, highlight, draw, strike out, and zoom in and out. Right-click an annotation to remove it. To remove a comment, select Delete. You can also navigate to other pages in a student's file.

Keep a copy of the file after you annotate it. Select Download on the toolbar and select Download annotated PDF.

Grade, provide feedback, and post. In the right panel, assign a grade. Select the More options icon to expand the options. Review notes from the student, and add a note with suggestions, encouragement, and overall feedback about the submission. Post the grade or delete the submission so that the student can try again.

Post now or later. You can post grades and feedback for students to see as you grade each submission. On the submissions list page, Post also appears next to each grade that you haven't released yet. You can choose which grades to post and when.

What do students see? After you grade assignments and post the results, students can view their scores on their grades pages or in the activity stream. They can also access an assignment, their submissions, your feedback, and their grades from the Course Content page.


ULTRA: Grade an assignment with multiple attempts

When you create an assignment, you can choose to let students submit more than one attempt. Multiple attempts change how the assignment's final grade is automatically calculated. Grading options include:

  • Average of all attempts
  • First graded attempt
  • Highest graded attempt
  • Last graded attempt
  • Lowest graded attempt

No matter which option you choose in Grade Attempts, you have the option to override the final grade.

If you associated a rubric with the assignment, you can only override the final grade, not the grades for each attempt.

View individual attempts

You can start grading an assignment with multiple attempts from the same places you would grade an ordinary assignment: From the activity stream, the gradebook, or within the assignment itself.

When you select a student's name, a panel appears that displays each attempt, along with the date it was submitted. Select an attempt to view the submission. You can add a grade and comments for individual attempts. If you used a rubric or questions that are automatically scored, the grade may already exist for the attempt.

Final grades

The final grade for a multiple attempt assignment is calculated according to the Grade Attempts setting you chose in the Assignment Settings. On the panel that lists a student's attempts, the final grade appears when the needed attempts are graded. For example, if the final grade is calculated based on the highest graded attempt, the final grade will appear immediately after at least one attempt is graded, but it may change as you continue grading more attempts.

After you have finished grading the attempts, you can post the final grade to the student's gradebook.

What do students see?

Assignments with multiple attempts list the number of attempts allowed, as well as how the final grade is calculated. Students view this information on the Details & Information page before they begin. When grades are posted, students can view grades for each of their attempts, as well as the final grade. If you decide to override the final grade, a message appears to let the student know.

More on how students access assignments in Blackboard Learn

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