Your institution controls which tools are available in the Original Course View. Assignments are always available to instructors in the Ultra Course View.

You can create assignments alongside other content.

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With assignments, you can create coursework and manage the grades and feedback for each student separately. You can create assignments in content areas, learning modules, lesson plans, and folders.

When you create an assignment, a Grade Center column is created automatically. From the Grade Center or Needs Grading page, you can see who has submitted their work and start grading. Students access their grades from their My Grades pages or the assignment's Review Submission History page.

You can also create a group assignment and release it to one or more groups in your course. Each group submits one collaborative assignment and all members receive the same grade. You can create a single assignment and assign it to all groups, or create several unique assignments and assign them to individual groups.

More on group assignments


Create an assignment

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You can create assignments in content areas, learning modules, lesson plans, and folders.

  1. From the Assessments menu, select Assignment and provide the name, instructions, and the files students need. You can use the functions in the editor to format text and add files. You can also add files in the Assignment Files section.
  2. Select Browse My Computer to upload a file from your computer. The file is saved in the top-level folder in your course's file repository: Course Files or the Content Collection. You can also attach a file from the repository.

    -OR-

    Drag files from your computer to the "hot spot" in the Attach Files area. If your browser allows, you can also drag a folder of files. The files will upload individually. If the browser doesn't allow you to submit your assignment after you upload a folder, select Do not attach in the folder's row to remove it. You can drag the files individually and submit again.

    You won't be able to drag files to upload if your institution uses an older version of Blackboard Learn.

    You can use the file name or provide another name for the file.

  3. Optionally, select a Due Date. Assignments with due dates automatically show in the course calendar.
  4. In the Grading section, type the Points Possible and optionally, add a rubric. Expand the sections to make selections such as anonymous grading, how the grade is displayed, and the number of attempts. You can allow more than one attempt on an assignment.
  5. Make the assignment available when you're ready for students to access it. Select the appropriate options for availability, tracking, and display dates. Display dates don't affect an assignment's availability, only when it appears.
  6. Select Submit.

More on assignment grade settings

More on adding files in the editor

More on Course Files vs. the Content Collection


Student assignment submission confirmations

When students submit assignments successfully, the Review Submission History page appears with information about their submitted assignments and a success message with a confirmation number. Students can copy and save this number as proof of their submissions and evidence for academic disputes. For assignments with multiple attempts, students receive a different number for each submission. If your institution has enabled email notifications for submission receipts, students will also receive an email with a confirmation number and other details for each submission.

You and your students won't be able to view confirmation numbers if your institution uses Blackboard Learn 9.1 Q4 2016 or earlier. Student email notifications and student access to receipt history were introduced in Blackboard Learn 9.1 Q2 2017.

You and your administrators have a retrievable record in the system even if an attempt, assignment, or student is later deleted. These records are maintained in the course and also retrievable after the archive and restore process.

You can access all of your students' confirmation numbers from the Grade Center. Access the Reports menu and select Submission Receipts.

On the Submission Receipts page, you can view information for each assignment, such as who submitted and when. Group assignments are also logged and the Submitter column lists who submitted for the group. In the Submission column, view if a student submitted a file or wrote the submission in the assignment's editor.

Use the menus at the top of the page to filter the items. In the second menu, select Not blank and leave the search box empty to show all of the submission receipts. Select a column heading to sort the items.


Edit, reorder, and delete assignments

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You can edit, reorder, and delete your assignments. Change the order of assignments with the drag-and-drop function or the keyboard accessible reordering tool. For example, reorder the assignments to keep the current one at the top.

From an assignment's menu, select on option:

  • Move an assignment to another location in your course. When you move an assignment, it's removed from its original location. You can't copy an assignment.
  • Edit an assignment. If you change the instructions, students who have already made submissions will see the new instructions only on subsequent attempts.
  • Apply release criteria, tracking, metadata, and review status.

More on options you can apply

Delete assignments

You can delete an assignment from a course area and if no student submissions exist, the Grade Center column is also deleted.

When you delete an assignment that has student submissions, you also delete all the submissions. You have two options:

  • Preserve the scores in the Grade Center, but delete the assignment and all submissions. Though the scores remain in the Grade Center, you can't access the students' submissions again. The action is irreversible.
  • Delete the assignment, the Grade Center column, all assigned grades, and all submissions. The action is irreversible.

Alternatively, make the gradable item unavailable in your course to preserve the submissions and the scores in the Grade Center.


ULTRA: Create an assignment

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Assignments are always available to instructors in the Ultra Course View.

You can create assignments alongside other content. Students can access their work next to the content they need, right when they need it. You can also create a group assignment and release it to one or more groups in your course.

More on creating assignments for groups of students

Feel free to experiment! Students can't see what you add until you make your assignments visible.

More on how to edit an existing assignment

On the Course Content page, select the plus sign wherever you want to add an assignment. You can also expand or create a folder and add an assignment.

Select Create to open the Create Item panel. Expand the Assessment section and select Assignment. The New Assignment page opens.

When you create an assignment, a gradebook item is created automatically.

After you post assignment grades, students can view their scores on their grades pages or in the activity stream. They can also access an assignment, their submissions, your feedback, rubrics, and their grades from the assignment link on the Course Content page.

If you create an assignment with only automatically scored questions such as Multiple Choice and True/False, those scores are posted automatically for students to view.


ULTRA: Watch a video about creating assignments

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: Create an assignment shows how to create an assignment with simplified workflows.

 

ULTRA: New Assignment page

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Add the assignment essentials. Provide an intuitive assignment title so students can easily find the assignment among your course content. The title appears as the link students select to view the materials. If you don't add a title, "New Assignment" appears in the content list.

Add text, files, and questions. Select the plus sign to open the menu and make a selection. You can choose a question type or reuse questions and content from existing assessments. You can add files and text, such as instructions for the assignment. You can also add files from cloud storage, such as OneDrive® and Google Drive™.

More on adding questions

More on reusing questions

Show or hide the assignment. Students can't see an assignment until you choose to show it. You can create all your content ahead of time and choose what you want students to see based on your schedule. You can also set availability conditions based on date, time, and performance on other items in the course gradebook. On the Course Content page, students can see when you set the assignment to show.

Apply assignment settings. Select the Assignment Settings icon to open the panel where you provide the assignment's details and information.

Provide a due date. Due dates appear on the calendar and in the activity stream. Students receive a pop-up course notice when they first access a course on the day an assignment is due and overdue. Late submissions appear with a Late label in the course gradebook. Encourage students to review what’s due now and what’s ahead so they can ask questions as soon as possible.

View accommodations. You can set accommodations for students and make them exempt from certain course requirements, such as assignment due dates and time limits. To select accommodations, go to the Roster and access a student's menu. The number of accommodations you've made appears on the assignment page in the Assignment Settings section.

More on accommodations

Allow class conversations. What if your students have questions about an assignment? You can allow conversations within an assignment, and anyone can contribute. As the conversation develops, it appears only with the relevant assignment.

More on conversations

Collect submissions offline. You may want to grade student work that doesn’t require students to upload a submission. For example, you can add grades to your gradebook for oral presentations, science fair projects, acting performances, and artwork delivered in person.

More on collecting submissions offline

Randomize questions and answers. You can randomize questions and their answers to support practice/drilling activities and help students avoid academic dishonesty. You can use one or both settings so assignments appear differently for each student. You can't randomize questions in an assignment with text blocks or attachments.

Questions appear in order to you but are randomized for students. To prevent confusion, don't add numbers to reference other questions within the assignment.

More on randomizing questions and answers

Change the grade category. You can change the assignment's grade category to be part of one of the custom gradebook categories you set up in your course. You can create new categories to customize how coursework is grouped in your course. Custom categories can be useful when you set up the overall grade.

Determine the number of attempts. You can let your students submit more than one attempt at an assignment. When you allow multiple attempts, you can also choose how the final grade is calculated.

Select the grading schema. From the Grade using menu, select an existing grading schema such as Points. You can change the grading schema at any time and the change will show to students and in your gradebook.

Enable anonymous grading. When you create an assignment without questions, you can enable anonymous grading so student names are hidden while you grade. You may only add text and files to anonymously graded assignments.

More on anonymous grading

Add a time limit. A time limit can keep students on track and focused on the assignment because each person has a limited amount of time to submit. The assignment attempts are saved and submitted automatically when time is up. You can also allow students to work past the time limit. At this time, you can't add a time limit to group assignments.

Add a grading rubric. Rubrics can help you evaluate student submissions based on key criteria that you define. You can create a new rubric or associate an existing rubric. A rubric is a scoring tool that you can use to evaluate graded work. At this time, you can only add a rubric to as assignment without questions.

Add goals and standards. You can align an assignment to one or multiple goals. You and your institution can use goals to measure student achievement across programs and curriculums. You can also align individual questions to goals.

Make a group assignment. You can create an assignment for one or more groups of students. By default, you assign a grade to each group as a whole, but you can change a group member's individual grade.

Enable SafeAssign. You can use SafeAssign to check for potential plagiarism in student submissions. You can enable the SafeAssign Originality Report any time, even after students have started their submissions, but submissions are only checked when SafeAssign is enabled.

Add an optional description. The description appears with the assignment title on the Course Content page.


ULTRA: Add files and text blocks to assignments

Select the plus sign to open the menu wherever you want to add questions, text, or a file. You can add as many text blocks and files as you want.

Add text blocks. Select Add text to open the editor. You can include instructions for a section of the assignment or introductory text for an audio file or image. You can also paste text from a Word doc.

You can also use the editor to embed images and attach files along with your text.

If you create an assignment that includes only text blocks, you can manually change the Maximum score in the Assignment Settings.

Add files. Select Add local file to browse for a file on your computer. Your institution controls the maximum file size you can upload. You can't add a folder of files.

Add file from Cloud Storage: You can instantly connect to multiple web apps where you store files, such as OneDrive. The files you add are copies. If you make a change to a file in cloud storage, you need to upload a new copy in your course. If your browser allows, media files you add from cloud storage display inline.

More on cloud storage

Media file viewing options

If your browser allows, media files you add to assignments display inline by default. If your browser can't display a media file inline, it appears as an attachment. Files you add from cloud storage behave in the same way.

Images that display inline are embedded in a 768-pixel block at the biggest breakpoints. The closer to that size the images are, the less padding appears around them.

Access a media file's menu and select Edit. In the Edit File Settings window, you can choose how your video, audio, or image file appears in the assignment: inline or as an attachment. For example, you can display extremely large files as attachments that students can download. You can edit the file names for files displayed as attachments.

You can also add alternative text to describe images you add. Alternative text describes the image for people who use screen readers or visit web pages with images turned off.

For video and audio files that appear inline, students have controls for play, pause, volume control, and download. For video files, students can view the video in full screen.

View media files as attachments

For media files that appear as attachments, students select the menu and select Preview File or Download File. Instructors have the additional functions of move, edit, and delete.

Edit files within questions

You can edit settings for the files you've added to questions. Select the file in the editor and then select the Edit Attachment icon in the row of editor functions. You can add a Display name and Alternative text.

You can also choose whether to insert the file as a link in the editor or to embed the file directly so it appears inline with other content you've added.


ULTRA: Add a timer

You can add a time limit to an assignment in the Ultra Course View. A time limit can keep students on track and focused on the assignment because each person has a limited amount of time to submit. The assignment attempts are saved and submitted automatically when time is up.

You can also allow students to work past the time limit. Additional time allows students to reconnect if they lose connectivity during their attempts. You can allow extra time to see if the original time you set is enough for students to complete the assignment. When you grade assignments, you can see how much extra time each student used to complete the assignment. If you included questions, you can also see which questions were answered after the initial time limit. Students also see this same information when they access their graded assignments.

At this time, you can't add a time limit to group assignments.

In the Assignment Settings panel, select Add time limit in the Additional Tools section.

First, type a time limit. You must add time limits as whole numbers between 1 and 480. Decimals aren't supported. Next, select one of two options:

  • Work is automatically saved and submitted when time expires: If a student doesn't submit within the time limit, the system saves and submits the assignment automatically.
  • Students have extra time to work after the time limit expires: In the menu that appears when you select this option, choose the amount of extra time:
    • 50%
    • 100%
    • Unlimited extra time

The 50% and 100% options show how much time is added to the time limit before the assignment is saved and submitted automatically. For example, if you set 60 minutes as the time limit and choose 50% extra time, your students can work for an additional 30 minutes. Your students aren't notified about the extra time allowed until the initial time limit is almost up. They receive a pop-up message about the extra time allowed. They can choose to use the extra time or submit the assignment. They're informed they may receive partial credit for work submitted after the time limit.

If you allow multiple attempts, the time limit applies to each attempt.

Select the X to return the Assignment Settings panel. You can view the time limit setting you made. Select the time limit to make changes. However, you can't edit the time limit after students have made submissions. Point to the time limit to access the Remove icon to remove it. The time limit also appears on the Course Content page with the assignment details, but the extra time doesn't appear.

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

Student workflow

Students see the time limit with other assignment details on the Course Content page. The time limit also appears on the assignment's Details & Information panel and within the assignment as students work.

When students select Start attempt, they'll receive a pop-up window to start the timer before they can access the assignment. If they're not ready to start, they can select Cancel. After they start, the assignment auto-submits when time is up.

If you allowed students to submit multiple attempts, the time limit applies to each attempt.

If you allowed extra time, when the initial time is up, another pop-up window informs them they can submit the assignment now or work longer. They're also informed that work submitted after the limit may receive partial credit. Your students aren't notified about the extra time allowed until the initial time limit is almost up.

The timer keeps running whether or not students are actively working on the assignment. The timer appears at the bottom of the window to let students know how much time is left. If they save a draft or leave the assignment window, the countdown continues and their work is saved and submitted when time is up.

More about grading assignments with time limits

If no time limit exists, students can view an assignment and they don't have to submit it. When students select View assessment, they can just view the assignment or add some work, and then select Save and Close in the panel. If students previously started the assignment, their work is saved. They can select View assessment to resume working or Submit when they've finished.


ULTRA: Edit, reorder, and delete assignments

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You can make changes to existing assignments and change where they appear on your Course Content page. Press the Move icon in an assignment's row and move it to a new location. You can also move an assignment into a folder.

You can use your keyboard to move an assignment.

  1. Tab to an item's Move icon.
  2. Press Enter to activate move mode.
  3. Use the arrow keys to choose a location.
  4. Press Enter to drop the item in the new location.

In an assignment's row, access the menu to select the Edit and Delete functions.

Delete assignments

You can delete an assignment from your course and if no student submissions exist, the gradebook item is also deleted. For assignments with submissions, you must confirm that you want to permanently remove the assignment, all submissions, and grades from your course.

Or, hide the assignment from students to preserve the submissions and the scores in the gradebook. Students can't access hidden assignments on the Course Content page or on their grades pages even if you have graded submissions.

Edit assignments and media files

Be aware that if you change an existing assignment that students can access, some students may have started their submissions. You can't change the grading schema if you've already started grading.

Based on the assignment element and settings, you can move, edit, delete, or download it. Select the menu to access the available options. Press the Move icon to move an element to a new location on the assignment page.


ULTRA: Assignments and the activity stream

When you create an assignment and make it visible to students, they're notified in their activity streams.

After you post assignment grades, students can select View your grade to display their grades. Any feedback you provide appears after the assignment title.

You'll see an alert in the stream when you have submissions to grade. Select the assignment title to begin grading on the assignment submissions page.

More on the activity stream


ULTRA: Collect submissions offline

You can create assessments that appear on the Course Content page that don't require students to upload submissions. You can add instructions, files, a rubric, and goals so students can prepare for the offline work. You can also enable conversations, but you can't add questions or grade anonymously.

Examples of offline work:

  • Oral presentations
  • Science fair projects
  • Acting performances
  • Artwork delivered in person
  • Face-to-face team building exercises, panel discussions, and debates

Instructors who teach hybrid courses may find this type of assessment most useful. For example, you can use a rubric to grade an in-class presentation as a student presents. No need to take notes or add a score later.

When you create an assessment, you can choose to collect submissions offline in the settings panel. When students open this type of assessment, they're informed they can't submit work online. If you create groups to collect submissions offline, students can view their group members.

For submissions collected offline, you can't allow multiple attempts, allow a time limit, or use SafeAssign.

For grades that require students to be present outside of class, such as for a guest speaker or a field trip, you can add meetings to the attendance feature.

More on adding a meeting

Grade offline submissions

When you're ready to grade offline submissions, open the submissions list page from the assessment page or the gradebook. Select a student's name to open the Create Attempt panel, provide the submission date and time, and save.

On the student's submission page, you can assign a grade and use a rubric if you associated one.

What do students see?

Students can view the assessment alongside other content on the Course Content page and on their global and course grades pages. Students are informed they can't submit work online. They can access other information, such as the instructions and a rubric if you added one. Students can participate in the assessment's conversations if enabled.

More on the student workflow