Step 1: Go to the content area in which the assignment needs to reside (a learning module, assignments, etc) Assessments Button

Step 2: Click on the “Assessments” button

Step 3: Select “Assignment”

Step 4: Name the assignment

Step 5: Create instructions

Step 6: Attach necessary files Assignment Files

Step 7: Create due date if needed Due Date

Step 8: Give points possible Points Possible

Step 9: Add “Rubric” if necessary

Step 10: Select “Submission Details”

Step 11: Select “Assignment Type” Assessment Type

Step 12: Select “Number of Attempts” options

Step 13: For “Plagiarism Tools” check Check Mark  the option “Check submissions for plagiarism using SafeAssign”

Step 14: (optional) Check Check Mark to “Allow students to view SafeAssign originality report for their attempts

Step 15: (optional) Check Check Mark to “Exclude submissions from the Institutional and Global References Databases (if the assignment is a draft assignment where they will be submitting a more completed or updated version in another assignment that you want to check.  If you do not check this box, their submission will be recorded in the Institutional and Global Reference Databases and a second submission of a similar paper by the same student will be detected as matching content.

Step 16: Select “Grading Options”

Step 17: Check Check Mark to “Enable Anonymous Grading”

Step 18: Check Check Mark to “Enable Delegated Grading”

Step 19: Select “Display of Grades”

Step 20: “Display grade as” for “Primary” and “Secondary” using the drop down

Step 21: Check Check Mark to “Include in Grade Center grading calculations”

Step 22: Check Check Mark to “Show to students in My Grades”

Step 23: Check Check Mark to “Show Statistics (average and median) for this item to Students in My Grades”

Step 24: Select “Availability” options

Step 25: Set “Limit Availability” options as necessary

Step 26: Check Check Mark to “Track Number of Views”

Step 27: Press “Submit”


Grade an Assignment using the “Needs Grading” section

Step 1: Select the “Needs Grading” option underneath the Grade Center in the Course Management Panel.

Grade Center options with Needs Grading and full grade center

Step 2: Filter the list to assignments using the filter criteria at the top of the page, if necessary.

needs grading filter showing assignments being filtered

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”.

grade all users or grade anonymously options

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:

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).

  1. Adding in-line Comments
    1. Highlight the text where to comment is directed
    2. Click on the comment Icon  Comment Icon
    3. Add the comment in the popup box provided
    4. Select the “Post” button to save your comment.
  2.  Highlighting content
    1.  Highlight the text where you would like to turn on highlight
    2. Click on the Highlight icon Highlight Icon
    3. The text will be highlighted, if you would like to add a comment in addition to highlighting the text, click on the comment icon Comment Icon, add your comment and click the Post button to save your comment.
  3. Adding in-line Point Annotations
    1. Click on the Point annotation icon on the Box Menu bar
    2. Click on the specific location that you would like the point annotation to appear
    3. 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.

submission download

Step 7: Click on the down arrow underneath the words “Attempt” to provide feedback and/or attach another document for users to view.

grading area showing the button to push to pull down the feedback area feedback text box with attachment option highlighted

Step 8: Click in the box next to the words “Attempt” and provide the student with a point value for their grade.

grading area pointing out the box to put the student's score in

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.

Grade Center options with Needs Grading and full grade center

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”.

Attempt 3/22/10 !

Step 5: Complete steps 4 – 9 from above.

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Step 1: Go to the content area in which the assignment resides, NOT the link to the assignment

Step 2: Hover over the title of the assignment

Step 3: Click on the action link item next to the title Graphic of action link item

Step 4: Select “Edit”

Step 5: Make appropriate changes

Step 6: Click on the “Submit” button


Step 1: Click on a content item to add a group assignment.

Step 2: Click on “Assessment”. Graphic of assessment button

Step 3: Click on “Assignment”. assignments_groups

Step 4: Name the assignment.

Step 5: Add Instructions, Files, Points, Availability, and Due Dates.

Step 6: Select “Groups of Students”. groupsofstudents

Step 7: Select “Group” to be given the assignment. selectgroup

Step 8: Click the arrow_groupassignment arrow to move the group to “Selected Items”.

Step 9: Click “Submit”.  Graphic of submit button


Grading a Group Assignment

Step 1: Click on “Grade Center” and then “Full Grade Center”.

Step 2: Locate the group assignment column within the Grade Center.

Step 3: Click on the “Action Link Item”. Graphic of action link item

Step 4: Click on “Group Attempt”.

Step 5: Grade the assignment.

Step 6: Provide feedback if necessary.

Step 7: Click “Submit”. Graphic of submit button

Note: To grade an individual student go back to the grade column and manually override the grade.


Step 1: Click “Grade Center” Graphic of grade center button

Step 2: Click “Full Grade Center” Graphic of full grade center

Step 3: Select the assignment where the additional attempt needs to be added for a student

Step 4: Click “Action Link Item” Graphic of action link item

Step 5: Select “View Grade Details” Graphic of view grade details

Step 6: Click on “Allow Additional Attempt” Graphic of allow additioanl attempt

Step 7: Click “OK” on the pop-up Graphic of Ok button

Step 8: Multiple attempts for this assignment should be viewable

Note: One shows “work in progress” and one “needs grading”

Graphic of showing attempt made

Note: Go to properties and modify the properties on that specific assignment to make sure it is both available to the student so they can see it, or adjust the availability and due date accordingly.