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    Read this article to learn about changes to Bb Grader submission annotations.

    Changes are coming for inline grading in Bb Grader. When your institution implements the required update, you'll see an error for inline grading in the app. Read on for a simple workaround.

    Inline Grading Update & Workaround

    Blackboard’s current service for inline grading is provided through Crocodoc. Box Inc. acquired Crocodoc in 2013 and has replaced this service with the New Box View API. The end-of-life date for the Crocodoc API was January 15, 2018.

    Due to the changes implemented by Box Inc., you'll see different behavior in Bb Grader for inline grading.

    After your institution transitions to the New Box View API, inline grading in the Bb Grader app will show an error when you access documents for the first time. Subsequent views properly render the document. All other features in the Bb Grader app will continue to function.

    You can work around this issue by closing and relaunching the Bb Grader app.

    1. Double tap the iPad Home button.
    2. Swipe Bb Grader to force close the app.
    3. Reopen Bb Grader.
    4. Open the submission.

    Inline grading capabilities can still be accessed in Blackboard Learn on a desktop web browser. Please note that your institution must be on a supported Blackboard Learn version to continue to use inline grading after January 15, 2018 through the New Box View API.

    More on supported Learn versions

    When will inline grading be available in Blackboard Instructor?

    Phase one of mobile inline grading is scheduled* for release in the Blackboard Instructor app in the first half of 2018. Initial grading capabilities in Blackboard Instructor will allow instructors and graders to review, grade, and comment on submitted assignments. Over time, we'll also provide access to multimedia feedback and offline grading. We will be hosting grading feedback sessions in 2018.

    To ensure that you continue to have access to mobile grading, Bb Grader will not be removed from app stores until grading is available in the Blackboard Instructor app. We will follow up at a later date with more information on the end of support for Bb Grader. 

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