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Created in partnership with clients around the globe, Bb Annotate is a new tool in Blackboard Learn for inline assignment grading. Bb Annotate replaces the New Box View integration in both the Original Course View and the Ultra Course View. Bb Annotate offers a more robust feature set for instructors to provide customizable feedback to students. Features include a sidebar summary view, freehand drawing tools, various color selections, and much more.

This toolkit includes helpful information about the release of Bb Annotate as well as resources to help you drive instructor awareness and adoption at your institution. The following resources can be shared with your instructors as is or you are welcome to customize them to fit your needs.

Release Plan for IT Staff

The migration from New Box View to Bb Annotate will be phased by Regional Data Center and Deployment Type (SaaS, Managed Hosting, and Self-Hosted). Please review the following release plan to see when your institution can start using Bb Annotate. 

Bb Annotate Release Plan

Frequently Asked Questions for IT Staff

Access a list of common questions you may have about the release of Bb Annotate.

Bb Annotate FAQ 

Watch a video about Bb Annotate

Link to this video to generate interest and inform users about the new tool within Learn.

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.

Bb Annotate Overview in Blackboard Learn


Quick Start Guides

Share these guides with Instructors so they have everything they need to get started with Bb Annotate.

Help documentation

Point Instructors and Students to the right Help section, where they can find all relevant information about inline assignment grading with Bb Annotate.

Instructor Help Page

Student Help Page

Email template

A customizable email template to build excitement and share specific information about the new Bb Annotate features and updates.


Encourage your instructors to watch the “Getting Started with Bb Annotate” webinar, part of the Instructor Webinar Series, to see a demonstration of the new tool within Learn  

"Getting Started with Bb Annotate" recording