Your institution controls if inline grading is available.

Access the Grade Assignment page

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

You can start grading on the Needs Grading page or in the Grade Center. On the Grade Assignment page, you can view, comment on, and grade student-submitted assignment files.

More on the Needs Grading page

More on assigning grades in the Grade Center


Send reminders about missing coursework

You can send email reminders from Grade Center columns to students and members of groups who have missing coursework. Students receive a system-generated email that lists the course, coursework, and the due date if you assigned one.

More on sending reminders


Can I grade assignments right in the browser?

If allowed by your institution, you can annotate and grade student assignment files directly within the browser. The inline viewer is powered by a third-party, cloud-based technology called New Box View.

On the Grade Assignment page, supported file types open automatically in the browser.

Supported file types

You can view and annotate these document types in the browser:

  • Microsoft® Word (DOC, DOCX)
  • Microsoft® PowerPoint® (PPT, PPTX)
  • PDF

Original formatting and embedded images are preserved. If a student has uploaded an unsupported file, you're prompted to download it.

If students upload images as their submissions, you can only add comments.

Assignment submissions students create with the editor aren't compatible with inline grading. Submissions of this type show in the grading screen, but annotation isn't available.

New Box View allows you to view other types of files in the inline viewer, such as videos, but you can't annotate them. For a full list of supported files, visit Box's page: File Types and Fonts Supported in Box Content Preview.


Assignment inline grading and New Box View

The viewer is supported on current versions of Firefox, Chrome, and Safari.

Student file submissions are stored in your Blackboard Learn instance, as always. A copy of the submission is transmitted to the New Box View cloud service for conversion. The converted version of the document lives in the cloud on servers managed by New Box View.

After submission, usernames and user IDs are sent to New Box View for attribution and submission ownership information. No grades, first or last names, email, or other information is shared with Box. Only the files in their native formats are transmitted to New Box View for conversion.


Watch a video about assignment inline grading

Doesn't seem familiar? Watch a video about assignment inline grading in "Ultra."

The following narrated video provides a visual and auditory representation of some of the information included on this page. For a detailed description of what is portrayed in the video, open the video on YouTube, navigate to More actions, and select Open transcript.


Video: Inline Grading in the Original Course View shows how to grade and annotate assignment submissions.


Assignment inline grading workflow

Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Ultra" help about the inline grading workflow.

If allowed by your institution, you can annotate and grade student files directly within the browser with New Box View.

On the Grade Assignment page, supported file types open in the browser.

Annotation sessions expire after one hour. You'll receive a warning message. After the time limit, annotations may not be saved. Need more time? Select Save Draft to save your work and continue later. Your annotations, feedback, and files are saved on the page. When you return, you can resume working.

New Box View annotations aren't fully supported on Chrome. For the best experience, use Safari or Firefox.

  1. View instructions. Expand the assignment instructions.
  2. Add comments, highlight text, and draw on the document.
    • Comments: Select the Point annotation mode icon and point to wherever you want to add a comment. Select Post. You can continue to add comments in succession.
    • Highlight text: Point and drag your cursor to highlight text, then select Highlight text. Select Add comment to highlighted text to add a comment to a highlighted area. To remove a highlighted area, select Highlight text again.
    • Draw: Select the Drawing annotation mode icon. Then, press down and drag the pointer to draw on the document. Save or Delete your drawing. You can continue to add drawings in succession and save or delete all drawings in one action. You can't edit or delete drawings after you save them.
  3. Remove or reply to comments. Open a comment again and select the Delete icon in the right corner to remove it. You can also reply and add additional information.
  4. Access additional actions. Point to the bottom of the screen to access functions. You can zoom in and out, and navigate to other pages in a student's file.
  5. Provide a grade and feedback. In the right panel, grade the submission, provide feedback, attach files, and add private notes for yourself. If you associated a rubric, you can access it in this area. Select the Click to open full content editor icon to access the editor. You can also override or revert a grade. Students can access the annotated files after you provide a grade and select Submit.

    More on grading with a rubric

  6. Download the student's file. After you select Submit, a PDF file with your annotations is generated. The time to create the PDF depends primarily on the size of the original file.

    Return to the assignment and access the file's menu. You can download the original student file or a PDF with your annotations. Use your browser's print function to print the downloaded file.

A known issue with Chrome's built-in PDF viewer may not display all your annotations. Please view annotated PDFs in a native PDF viewer such as Adobe Acrobat.

What do students see? After you grade assignments, students can view their scores on their My Grades pages. They can also select the assignment in the course to review their submissions, your feedback, and their grades.


Add feedback recordings

Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Ultra" help about recording feedback.

You can embed an audio/video recording of your feedback in the editor as you grade attempts. The recording option appears in the feedback editor for most graded items in your course. Students watch or listen to your feedback alongside any text you include.

More on adding audio/video feedback


ULTRA: Where do I start grading?

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

You can choose where you want to start grading!

Want to see how many assignments are ready to grade in all your courses? In the list where your name appears, you have immediate access to all your courses' grading tasks on the global Grades page. All your grading tasks are organized by course. You can quickly scan your progress, set priorities across the board, and even begin grading. No need to navigate to each course to see what's ready for grading.

The page only displays information if you need to take action. You see assignments that are ready to grade or which assignments are overdue for how many students.

Want to narrow your focus? In a course, you can access the course gradebook on the navigation bar. You can see who has made submissions and start grading.

From the activity stream, you're alerted when student submissions are ready for grading. Select the link to go to the gradebook. Or, select an assignment on the Course Content page to see how many students have made submissions.


ULTRA: Watch a video about grading assignments

Doesn't seem familiar? Watch a video about assignment inline grading in "Original."

The following narrated video provides a visual and auditory representation of some of the information included on this page. For a detailed description of what is portrayed in the video, open the video on YouTube, navigate to More actions, and select Open transcript.


Video: Grading assignments explains how to grade assignments in the Ultra Course View.


ULTRA: Start grading from an assignment

Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Original" help about the grade assignment page.

When you access an assignment, the Content and Settings page displays the instructions and files you provided, and details such as the due date. Select the Settings icon to make changes. For example, you can change the grading schema at any time and the change will show to students and in your gradebook.

View the rubric. If you associated a rubric with the assignment, you can review it.

More on grading with rubrics

Keep up with the conversation. If you allowed conversations about this assignment, select the Open class conversation icon. Students can discuss the assignment with you and their classmates. As the conversation develops, it appears only with the relevant assignment.

A purple circle appears with the icon to indicate new activity.

More on conversations

Check how many need grading. Select the Submissions link to see how many students have completed the assignment.


ULTRA: Assignment submissions list page

The submissions list page displays all enrolled students.

Keep track of all submissions on one page. Quickly see which attempts are ready to grade. Student profile pictures appear with a red circle when they have late submissions or the due date has passed with no attempt submitted.

Access the details. Review the instructions and settings at any time. For example, select the Content and Settings link to return to the assignment page.

View students with accommodations. You can set accommodations for individual students and exempt them from requirements, such as assessment due dates and time limits. Use accommodations to help students progress in the course even though they may have difficulty with some requirements. In the gradebook and roster, icons appear next to the names of students with accommodations.

More on accommodations

Review the conversation. Select the Open class conversation icon to see what students are saying.

Start grading. Select student names to access their individual submissions, and assign grades and provide feedback. You can also assign grades directly on this page. These grades are override grades. An override label appears next to the grade. After you assign a value, click anywhere outside the grade area to save.

More on override grades

Ready to post grades? Post appears next to each grade you haven't released yet. You can choose which grades to post and when. Posted grades appear with a Posted message in the column. You can also grade all submissions for an item in succession and then select Post all grades to release all grades in one action.

View submission timestamps

When you start or review grading, you can point to a submission timestamp to view more information. Timestamps appear on students' submission pages and on their attempts panels when you've allowed multiple attempts for an assessment.

For example, on a student's submission page, you can view when the student made the submission and when you posted the grade. The timestamp appears in red with a "late" label after the due date passes.

For multiple attempts, on the Submissions list page, select a student's name to open the attempts panel. Point to a timestamp to view the additional information.

Feedback panel appears next to the submission

A feedback icon appears next to each attempt. Select the icon to open the feedback panel, which persists on the side of the screen. You can scroll through the assignment and add overall feedback and a grade.

Insert a feedback recording in the editor

Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Original" help about recording feedback.

You can embed an audio/video recording of your feedback in the editor as you grade attempts. The recording option appears in the feedback editor for most graded items in your course. Students watch or listen to your feedback alongside any text you include.

This function isn't supported on all browsers. For the best experience, use Chrome or Firefox.

More on adding audio/video feedback


ULTRA: Assignment inline grading and New Box View

If allowed by your institution, you can annotate and grade student files directly within the browser. The inline viewer is powered by a third-party, cloud-based technology called New Box View.

You can view and annotate these document types in the browser:

  • Microsoft® Word (DOC, DOCX)
  • Microsoft® PowerPoint® (PPT, PPTX)
  • PDF

Original formatting and embedded images are preserved. If a student has uploaded an unsupported file, you're prompted to download it.

Assignment submissions students create with the editor aren't compatible with inline grading. Submissions of this type show in the grading screen, but annotation isn't available.

New Box View allows you to view other types of files in the inline viewer, such as videos, but you can't annotate them. For a full list of supported files, visit Box's page: File Types and Fonts Supported in Box Content Preview.

More on New Box View


ULTRA: Watch a video about assignments inline grading

Doesn't seem familiar? Watch a video about assignment inline grading in an "Original" course.

The following narrated video provides a visual and auditory representation of some of the information included on this page. For a detailed description of what is portrayed in the video, open the video on YouTube, navigate to More actions, and select Open transcript.


Video: Inline Grading in the Ultra Course View shows how to grade and annotate assignment submissions.


ULTRA: Assignment inline grading workflow

Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Original" help about the inline grading workflow.

Select Preview File in the file's menu to open supported files in the browser.

New Box View annotations aren't fully supported on Chrome. For the best experience, use Safari or Firefox.

See a count of how many you've graded. You can view your progress in the upper-right corner.

Add comments, highlight text, and draw on the document. Annotations are saved as you work.

  1. Comments: Select the Point annotation mode icon and point to wherever you want to add a comment. Select Post. You can continue to add comments in succession. Open a comment again and select the Delete icon in the right corner to remove it.
  2. Highlight text: Point and drag your cursor to highlight text, then select Highlight text. Select Add comment to highlighted text to add a comment to a highlighted area. To remove a highlighted area, select Highlight text again.
  3. Draw: Select the Drawing annotation mode icon. Then, press down and drag the pointer to draw on the document. Save or Delete your drawing. You can continue to add drawings in succession and save or delete all drawings in one action. You can't edit or delete drawings after you save them.
  4. Additional actions: Point to the bottom of the screen to access functions. You can zoom in and out, and navigate to other pages in a student's file.

Select a file option. After you open a file inline, annotate, and add a grade, the file's menu options update. You can download the original student file or a PDF with your annotations. The time to create the PDF depends primarily on the size of the original file.

Use your browser's print function to print the downloaded file.

A known issue with Chrome's built-in PDF viewer may not display all your annotations. Please view annotated PDFs in a native PDF viewer such as Adobe Acrobat. Students won’t see any annotations in their files until you post grades.

Grade, provide feedback, and post. Assign a grade at the top of the panel. Select the feedback icon to add a note with suggestions, encouragement, and overall feedback about the submission. Access the menu to post the grade or delete the submission so the student can try again.

If you associated a rubric, the grade pill displays the rubric icon.

More on grading with rubrics

Post now or later. You can post grades and feedback for students to see as you grade each submission. On the submissions list page, Post also appears next to each grade that you haven't released yet. You can choose which grades to post and when.

You can add and edit annotations even after you post grades.

What do students see? After you grade assignments and post the results, students can view their scores on their grades pages or in the activity stream. They can also access an assignment, their submissions, your feedback, and their grades from the Course Content page.


ULTRA: Grade an assignment with multiple attempts

When you create an assignment, you can choose to let students submit more than one attempt. Multiple attempts change how the assignment's final grade is automatically calculated. Choose how you want to calculate the final grade:

  • Average of all attempts
  • First attempt with a grade
  • Attempt with highest grade
  • Last attempt with a grade
  • Attempt with lowest grade

You can't allow multiple attempts on a group assignment or when you collect submissions offline.

The Grade Attempts setting determines how the final grade is automatically calculated, but you have the option to override the final grade. Each attempt is subject to the due date you set for the assignment. If a student submits an attempt after the due date, the attempt is marked late. Attempts submitted before the deadline are shown as on time.

You can only override the final grade, not the grades for each attempt.

More on the ramifications of overriding grades

View individual attempts

You can grade an assignment with multiple attempts from the same places you grade an ordinary assignment:

  • Activity stream
  • Gradebook
  • The assignment

When you select a student's name, a panel appears that displays each attempt, along with the date it was submitted. Select an attempt to view the submission.

The feedback icon appears next to each attempt. Select the icon to open the feedback panel, which persists on the side of the screen. You can scroll through the assignment and add overall feedback and a grade.

If you used a rubric or questions that are scored automatically, the grade may already exist for the attempt.

Final grades

The final grade for a multiple attempt assignment is calculated based on the Grade Attempts setting you chose in the Assignment Settings. In the panel that lists a student's attempts, the final grade appears when the needed attempts are graded. For example, if the final grade is calculated based on the highest graded attempt, the final grade appears immediately after at least one attempt is graded. But, the grade may change as you continue grading more attempts.

After you finish grading the attempts, you can post the final grade for the student to see.

What do students see?

Assignments with multiple attempts list the number of attempts allowed, as well as how the final grade is calculated. Students view this information on the Details & Information page before they begin. When grades are posted, students can view grades for each of their attempts, as well as the final grade. If you decide to override the final grade, a message appears to let the student know.

More on how students access assignments in Blackboard Learn—use your browser's back function to return here


ULTRA: Grade an assignment with a time limit

When you allow students to work past the time limit for an assignment, you're able to view which assignments exceeded the time limit. If you added questions, you can also view how many questions were answered after the time limit.

On a student's submission page, you can see the date and time the student submitted the assignment. You can also see if the time limit was exceeded. If you added questions, hover over that timestamp to view how many were answered after the time limit. Questions answered after the time limit are designated in yellow and appear with: (Answered after time limit).

You can manually deduct points from a student's assignment total for exceeding the time limit. If you allow multiple attempts, when you manually edit the final grade for the assignment, you're assigning an override grade.

Override grades

You can only override the final grade, not the grades for each attempt. An override grade takes precedence over all other grade entries, including attempts a student submits after you assign an override grade. If you go on to grade another attempt after you manually changed the final grade, the override grade still supersedes the second attempt grade you assign. You may want to deduct points after a student has made all attempts or the due date has passed.

Time limit accommodation + time limit

If students have a time limit accommodation and you allow more time to complete an assessment in the settings, the times are combined.

More about time limit accommodations