Blackboard Assignments Access

Grading Assignments

Inline Grading for Assignments (Movie 1:30)

When reviewing assignment submissions, you can provide a grade and feedback. You also have the option of returning the submission to the student with comments only, so the assignment can be refined further and then resubmitted for a grade.

QUICK STEPS: grading assignments

  1. On the Grade Assignment page, view the submission text, attached files, and comments made by the student.
  2. Type a Grade for the assignment.
  3. Optionally, type comments in the Feedback to User box and attach a file for the student to review. Use the Text Editor functions to format the text and add files, images, links, multimedia, and Mashups.
  4. Optionally, type comments in the Grading Notes box and attach files that only you can access.
  5. Click Save and Exit to return to the Full Grade Center, the Needs Grading page, or the Grade Details page, depending on where grading began.
    Click Save and Next to grade the next assignment, when available.
    Click View Previous to view the previous assignment, when available.
    Click Save as Draft to return an assignment attempt without a grade with comments only. The assignment remains ungraded and an exclamation mark appears in My Grades and in the Grade Center. Students access your comments through My Grades and can resubmit by accessing the assignment. If you type a score, Save as Draft prevents the score from appearing in the Grade Center and My Grades and the score is not saved.

If multiple attempts for an assignment have been allowed and submitted, a grade may not be released until all of the attempts have been graded. All attempts appear in the contextual menu for the grade’s cell. After selecting an attempt, type a grade and feedback. Click Save and Next or View Previous to navigate between attempts. The last attempt’s grade appears in the cell by default. If the last of the multiple attempts is ungraded, the exclamation mark remains in the cell.

To change the displayed grade to the first attempt, highest grade, lowest grade, or an average of attempts, access the Grade Center column’s contextual menu, select Edit Column Information, and select the attempt to score from the Score attempts using drop-down list.

After students have submitted assignments you may view them online or download them.  If you download assignments you have the option to download all assignments en masse.

Grade Centre

1. From your course’s Control Panel, expand the Grade Centre menu and choose Full Grade Centre.

Columns and Rows

2. Within the Grade Centre you will see a column corresponding to any assignments you have created.

3. Each row shows a student on the course. Where their row meets the assignment column you will see if they have made a submission. The icon legend will explain the icons you may see. When a student has made a submission the “needs grading” icon appears. This is a quick way to identify those who have made a submission and those who have not.

In the next slides we will look at viewing and downloading individual submissions and then at downloading submissions en masse.

Individual Submissions

4. To view an individual student’s submission first identify the cell where the student’s row corresponds with the assignment column and hover you mouse over it.

5. An action button will appear, click on it to reveal a menu.

6. Click on View Grade Details.

Grade Details

7. The Grade Details screen summarises a number of details about the submission such as when it was made, how many attempts have been submitted, and any feedback and scores that have already been entered.

8. To view a student’s submission click on View Attempts.

Preview and download

9. You are presented with a preview of the file. This is possible with certain filetypes that can be previewed.

10. The student’s accompanying comments are displayed on the right.

11. To download the file click on the downloadicon, which is encircled in the above screenshot.

En masse

12. Next we will look at how to download all submissions en masse.

13. Go back to the Grade Centre.

Assignment File Download

14. Find the column that corresponds to your assignment and hover your mouse pointer over the name of the assignment at the top of the column. Click on the action button.

15. Choose Assignment File Download from the menu that appears.

Select Students

16. Select the students whose submissions you wish to download by placing a tick in the box beside their name. Note that you may select all by ticking the box at the top of the column as shown in the screenshot.

17. Choose whether you wish to download the most recent attempt, or all attempts.

18. Click Submit.


19. A zip file containing the assignments will be made available to you to download.

20. Right click on the link to the file and choose Save link as…

21. Choose where to save the file. You may then open it from your computer and access the submissions.

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