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Submit Assignments

Your instructor and institution control which tools are available.

Where do I find my assignments?

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

Your instructor can add assignments to different areas of your course. You might access assignments from a link on the course menu called "Assignments." Or, your instructor might incorporate assignments into each week's content. Ask your instructor if you have questions about how your course is organized.

Your instructor can also create group assignments and provide access to them in the same areas as regular assignments. Group assignments may also appear in the My Groups panel after the course menu.

More on accessing and submitting group assignments

Your instructor may make some assignments available after a certain date or after you complete a certain task. For example, you might have to mark a lecture as reviewed before you may access an assignment. Contact your instructor if you don't see an assignment that you think you should.

The digital dropbox has been replaced by the assignments tool in your Blackboard Learn. If your instructor has asked you to submit something to the digital dropbox, ask for other instructions.


Watch a video about assignments

This video provides an overview of assignments.

Video: Assignments overview


Submit an assignment

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

When you finish your assignment, you must select Submit. If you don't, your instructor won't receive your completed assignment.

If your instructor hasn't allowed multiple attempts, you may submit your assignment only once. Before you select Submit, be sure that you have attached any required files.

  1. Access the assignment. On the Upload Assignment page, review the instructions, due date, points possible, and download any files provided by your instructor. If your instructor has added a rubric for grading, you can view it.
  2. Select Write Submission to expand the area where you can type your submission. You can use the functions in the editor to format the text. You have creative control over how your content appears and the flexibility to change the order and appearance.

  3. Select Browse My Computer to upload a file from your computer.

    -OR-

    Drag files from your computer to the "hot spot" in the Attach Files area. If your browser allows, you can also drag a folder of files. The files will upload individually. If the browser doesn't allow you to submit your assignment after you upload a folder, select Do not attach in the folder's row to remove it. You can drag the files individually and submit again.

    You can use the file name or provide another name for the file.

  4. Optionally, type Comments about your submission.
  5. Select Submit. The Review Submission History page appears with information about your submitted assignment and a success message with a confirmation number. Copy and save this number as proof of your submission. For assignments with multiple attempts, you receive a different number for each submission. If your institution has enabled email notifications for submission receipts, you'll also receive an email with your confirmation number and details each time you submit coursework.

    You won’t be able to drag files to upload or view confirmation numbers if your institution uses an older version of Blackboard Learn.

More on submitting your assignment with JAWS

If your institution uses Qwickly, you can attach files stored in your cloud-based storage accounts, such as Dropbox or Google Docs, to your assignment.

More on attaching files to an assignment with Qwickly


Watch a video about submitting an assignment

This video explains how to submit an assignment.

Video: Submit an assignment


Save an assignment as a draft and submit later

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

On the Upload Assignment page, 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. Return to your assignment and select the assignment title.
  2. On the Review Submission History page, select Continue.
  3. On the Upload Assignment page, make your changes.
  4. Optionally, type Comments about your submission.
  5. Select Submit. The Review Submission History page appears with information about your submitted assignment.

When you finish your assignment, you must select Submit. If you don't, your instructor won't receive your work.


Resubmit an assignment

Your instructor may allow you to submit an assignment more than once for a variety of reasons. For example, your instructor may provide comments on your first draft so that you can try to improve your work.

You may realize you made an error after you've submitted your assignment. However, you may not be allowed to resubmit the assignment. Contact your instructor to ask for the opportunity to resubmit the assignment.

If you may make another attempt, select the assignment link in your course. Start New appears on the Review Submission History page.


Anonymously graded assignments

On the Upload Assignment page, you're informed if your assignment is set to be graded anonymously.

Your instructor won't see your name during grading. Your instructor may choose to grade anonymously to eliminate bias.

You shouldn't include any identifying information with your submission. Don't add your name to files you upload or use your name in comments.


ULTRA: Access your assignments

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On the Course Content page, select the title of your assignment. Your instructor may also organize assignments in folders.

Your instructor can also make group assignments. Your group name is listed after the group assignment title.

More on submitting group assignments

You can also access assignments in the activity stream or in the calendar if your instructor added due dates.

After you select an assignment, the Assignment Details panel appears. This panel shows you the number of attempts allowed, whether there is a time limit for the assignment, and if your instructor has added a rubric for grading.

More on rubrics

Select Start attempt to begin. If you previously viewed the assignment, any work you added was saved. Select Continue attempt to continue your work on a saved assignment.


ULTRA: View attached files

Your instructor may attach files that you need to read or use to complete an assignment. Your instructor decides how files will appear, such as inline or as attachments.

For image files that appear inline, you can select an image to view it separately. In the next section, you can view an image that appears inline.

For video and audio files that appear inline, you have controls for play, pause, and volume control. For video files, you can view the video in full screen.

For media files that appear as attachments, you access a file's menu to view them. Select Download File to open the file in a new window or tab. The View File option opens the file on the course page.


ULTRA: Submit an assignment

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View instructions. Your instructor provides all the information and files you need to complete an assignment.

Be mindful of the time. If your instructor put a time limit on the assignment, you can keep track of how much time is left. A countdown appears at the bottom of your screen and warns you as the time limit gets closer.

The timer keeps counting down when you save a draft or leave an attempt in progress.

Add files. Select Add Files to upload your documents. Or, select OneDrive to browse for files in your OneDrive account.

On small devices, you can't access OneDrive for assignments. You can use OneDrive in Bb Student.

Create your submission. Select Add Text and start typing to create your submission right on the page. You can use the functions in the editor to format the text. Your work is auto-saved as you type! If you already uploaded your assignment, you can use this space to write a note to your instructor or expand on your submission.

To use your keyboard to jump to the editor toolbar, press ALT + F10. On a Mac, press Fn + ALT + F10. Use the arrow keys to select an option, such as a numbered list.

Add to the conversation. Anyone can make a contribution to the assignment conversation. If your instructor enabled conversations, select the speech bubble icon in the upper-right corner. Learn more about conversations in the next section.

Add private comments for your instructor. Along with your assignment submission, you can include private comments for your instructor. Select Include questions and comments and start typing.

Not ready to submit? Select Save Draft to save your work and continue later. Your text, comments, and files are saved on the page. When you return, you can resume working.

Submit your assignment. Finished? Select Submit when you're ready for your instructor to grade your work. When you submit, a panel appears with the date and time you made the submission. Select the View submission link at the bottom of the panel to review what you submitted. If your instructor allowed one attempt, you can't edit your work after you submit.

When you finish your assignment, you must select Submit. If you don't, your instructor won't receive your completed assignment.


ULTRA: View the rubric

If your instructor added a rubric for grading to an assignment, you can view it before you open the assignment and after you start the attempt. Select This item is graded with a rubric to view the rubric.

If you want, you can view the rubric alongside the assignment instructions. You can expand each rubric criterion to view the achievement levels and organize your efforts to meet the requirements of the graded work.


ULTRA: Be part of the conversation

Along with your assignment submission, you can include private comments for your instructor. In the Assignment Details section on the assignment page, select Include questions and comments and whatever you type will appear only to your instructor.

Want to include everyone? You can ask for help, share sources, or answer questions others have about an assignment.

If your instructor enabled conversations, select the speech bubble icon in the upper-right corner. You can read what your classmates have written or add your thoughts. Optionally, use the functions in the editor to format the text.

To use your keyboard to jump to the editor toolbar, press ALT + F10. On a Mac, press Fn + ALT + F10. Use the arrow keys to select an option, such as a numbered list.

As the conversation develops, it appears only with the relevant assignment. Conversations don't appear on the discussions page.

You can't edit your contribution, but you can select the Delete icon to remove your contribution. If necessary, your instructor can remove anyone's contributions.


ULTRA: Timed assignments

Your instructor may limit the amount of time you have to submit your assignment. If you have a time limit, it appears along side other assignment details on the Course Content page, on the Assignment Details page, and within the assignment as you’re working.

The timer starts as soon as you select Start Attempt, so make sure you’re ready to begin!

If your instructor allowed you to submit multiple attempts, the time limit applies to each attempt.

The timer appears at the bottom of the window to let you know how much time is left. When time is up, your work is automatically submitted. The timer keeps running whether or not you are actively working on the assignment. If you previously saved a draft or you left the assignment window, the countdown continues and your work is submitted when time is up.