Grade an Assignment using the “Needs Grading” section
Step 1: Select the “Needs Grading” option underneath the Grade Center in the Course Management Panel.
Step 2: Filter the list to assignments using the filter criteria at the top of the page, if necessary.
Step 3: Either click on the name of the student to grade
click on the action item link that appears next to the title of the assignment and select either “Grade All Users” or “Grade Anonymously”.
Step 4: Preview the “Assignment Details” by clicking on the words on the right hand side of the screen if necessary.
Step 5: Provide inline grading Comments, Highlights, or Point Annotations as needed (if the student uploaded a supported file to their assignment submission that allows for the use of the in-line grading feature).
Note: On 1/15/2018, the provider of in-line grading service (Crocdoc) terminated operations, and the in-line grading solution (Box) was implemented by Blackboard as a replacement for this service. Below are steps on how to add Comments, Highlighting, and Point Annotations utilizing the new service. more detailed information about the transition can be found here. Additionally a video tutorial on how to use the new “Box” in-line grading feature can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnUg6BO0v2A
If you see a students submission and to the right it says “Submission Text” where the file download link would be, this indicates the student did not upload a file for their assignment submission, and wrote their assignment response in the “Submission” field. When students submit text versus a file, the in-line grading features are not available to annotate their response, however you can highlight and copy/paste the student submission into a new Microsoft Word document, annotate their response in Microsoft Word (using the review/comment tools) and then upload that annotated/graded version in the student Feedback section (see step 7 below for more details).
- Adding in-line Comments
- Highlight the text where to comment is directed
- Click on the comment Icon
- Add the comment in the popup box provided
- Select the “Post” button to save your comment.
- Highlighting content
- Highlight the text where you would like to turn on highlight
- Click on the Highlight icon
- The text will be highlighted, if you would like to add a comment in addition to highlighting the text, click on the comment icon , add your comment and click the Post button to save your comment.
- Adding in-line Point Annotations
- Click on the Point annotation icon on the Box Menu bar
- Click on the specific location that you would like the point annotation to appear
- Enter your comment in the box provided and select the Post button to save your point annotation
Note: Annotations (comments, highlighting, or point annotations) are supported only for Adobe PDF, Microsoft PowerPoint (PPT, PPTX) Microsoft Word (DOC, DOCX) attachments submitted by students. In addition to the formats above, Point Annotations can also be added to the following formats: AI, BMP, DCM, EPS, GIF, PNG, PS, PSD, SVS, TGA, TIF, and TIFF.
Step 6: Download the original submission of the assignment in the bottom right hand side of the the screen if necessary.
Step 7: Click on the down arrow underneath the words “Attempt” to provide feedback and/or attach another document for users to view.
Step 8: Click in the box next to the words “Attempt” and provide the student with a point value for their grade.
Step 9: Click on the “Submit” button
Grade an Assignment using the “Full Grade Center”
Step 1: Select the “Full Grade Center” option underneath the Grade Center in the Course Management Panel.
Step 2: Find the column with the assignment that needs grading as well as a user with a submitted assignment (this will be noted by a yellow exclamation point).
Step 3: Hover over the exclamation point and click on the action link item that appears.
Step 4: Select “Attempt xx/xx/xxxx”.
Step 5: Complete steps 4 – 9 from above.