This information applies only to the Original Course View. Your institution controls which tools are available.

Blackboard’s current service for the implementation of inline grading is through the Crocodoc API, and Box Inc. has decided to discontinue it. The end-of-life date for the Crocodoc API is January 15, 2018.

As a result, we’ve updated our inline grading capability to leverage the New Box View API. New Box View offers several improvements over Crocodoc, including improved rendering fidelity and expanded support for new file types. Inline grading will continue to work in supported Blackboard Learn releases after January 15th, 2018.

You may not notice any changes to your inline grading workflow. However, your institution may choose to migrate to the new service before a grading period is complete. You can use the examples presented in this topic to understand your grading capabilities in Crocodoc and New Box View.

After the transition, you can’t change the existing annotations made in Crocodoc as all annotations are read-only in New Box View. The Crocodoc annotations are “burned” into a PDF and you can’t remove or change the annotations. You can add new annotations with the New Box View annotation tools, but you can't interact with annotations created in Crocodoc.


Delegated grading scenarios

Just like Learn today, different users will see different annotations on documents based on their roles and configurations for anonymous and delegated grading (if enabled). During this transition, which service—Crocodoc or New Box View—a document was submitted to matters and the behavior of annotations based on the rules above may be slightly different between the two services.

You may encounter these scenarios if your annotation service is switched while you grade with delegated grading enabled. Select the example that fits your situation to learn more.

Submitted to Crocodoc

  1. Student files are annotated and graded in Crocodoc, then viewed in New Box View
  2. Student files are annotated, no grades are assigned in Crocodoc, then viewed in New Box View
  3. Student files are annotated, no grades are assigned in Crocodoc, then grades are assigned in New Box View

Submitted to New Box View

  1. Student files are annotated with no grades assigned in New Box View
  2. Student files are annotated and graded in New Box View

Submitted to Crocodoc

1. Annotated and graded in Crocodoc, then viewed in New Box View

Students submitted documents to Crocodoc. Instructors and graders annotated and assigned grades. Then, the documents are viewed in New Box View.

Instructors

  • Can view existing annotations burned into PDFs
  • Can view all Crocodoc and New Box View annotations
  • Can't add or edit Crocodoc annotations, but can add or edit their own New Box View annotations

Graders

  • Can view existing annotations burned into PDFs
  • Can view Crocodoc and New Box View annotations
  • Can't add or edit Crocodoc or New Box View annotations

Students

  • Can view annotations only after instructors assign grades
  • Can't view annotations while anonymous grading is enabled

2. No grades assigned in Crocodoc, then viewed in New Box View

Students submitted documents to Crocodoc. Instructors and graders annotated in Crocodoc. Then, the documents are viewed in New Box View.

Instructors

  • Can view existing annotations burned into PDFs
  • Can view all Crocodoc and New Box View annotations
  • Can't add or edit Crocodoc annotations, but can add or edit their own New Box View annotations

Graders

Allowed to see other grader and instructor annotations:

  • Can view existing annotations burned into PDFs
  • Can view all Crocodoc and New Box View annotations
  • Can't add or edit Crocodoc annotations, but can add or edit their own New Box View annotations

Not allowed to see other grader and instructor annotations*:

  • Can view original documents
  • Can't view any Crocodoc or New Box View annotations
  • Can't add or edit Crocodoc or New Box View annotations

In this scenario, graders who should be allowed to add New Box View annotations and see their own Crocodoc annotations are unable to.

Students

  • Can view annotations only after instructors assign grades
  • Can't view annotations while anonymous grading is enabled

3. No grades assigned in Crocodoc, then grades are assigned in New Box View

Students submitted documents to Crocodoc. Instructors and graders annotated and graded in New Box View. Then, the documents are viewed in New Box View.

Instructors

  • Can view existing annotations burned into PDFs
  • Can view all Crocodoc and New Box View annotations
  • Can't add or edit Crocodoc annotations, but can add or edit their own New Box View annotations

Graders

  • Can view existing annotations burned into PDFs
  • Can view all Crocodoc and New Box View annotations
  • Can't add or edit Crocodoc or New Box View annotations

Students

  • Can view annotations only after instructors assign grades
  • Can't view annotations while anonymous grading is enabled

Submitted to New Box View

4. Annotated in New Box view, but no grades are assigned

Students submitted documents to New Box View. Instructors and graders annotated, but no grades are assigned. Then, the documents are viewed in New Box View.

Instructors

  • Can see original document
  • Can view all New Box View annotations
  • Can add or edit their own New Box View annotations

Graders

Allowed to see other grader and instructor annotations:

  • Can see original document
  • Can view all New Box View annotations
  • Can add or edit their own New Box View annotations

Not allowed to see other grader and instructor annotations

  • Can see original document
  • Can view only their own New Box View annotations
  • Can add or edit their own New Box View annotations

Students

  • Can view annotations only after instructors assign grades
  • Can't view annotations while anonymous grading is enabled

5. Grade assigned in New Box View

Students submitted documents to New Box View. Instructors and graders annotated and graded in New Box View.

Instructors

  • Can see original document
  • Can view all New Box View annotations
  • Can add or edit their own New Box View annotations

Graders

Allowed to see other grader and instructor annotations:

  • Can see original document
  • Can view all New Box View annotations
  • Can't add or edit New Box View annotations

Not allowed to see other grader and instructor annotations:

  • Can see original document
  • Can view only their own New Box View annotations
  • Can't add or edit New Box View annotations

Students

  • Can view annotations only after instructors assign grades
  • Can't view annotations while anonymous grading is enabled