Adding a Score and Feedback to Blackboard Assignments (How-to)

UPDATE: Inline Grading will be undergoing a change on May 25-27, 2020. 
Bb Annotate is a new tool in Blackboard Learn for inline assignment grading that will be available starting May 25. Bb Annotate replaces the New Box View integration. Bb Annotate offers new features for instructors to provide customizable feedback to students including a sidebar summary view, freehand drawing tools, and various color selections. More details can be found as a part of the Inline Grading portion below.

Access Attempts and Entering Scores

  1. Access a Blackboard Assignment Attempt for a student.
  2. In the grading menu on the right, click in the Attempt box. This expands the rest of the grading tools available (for example: Feedback to Learner boxes and Rubrics associated with the assignment). You may enter a score in this location.

Adding Feedback and Notes

  1. Best practices suggest you leave comments in the Feedback to Learner text box. NOTE: Students access these comments through the My Grades link.
  2. If you would like to add instructor notes that the student cannot see or access, please use the Add Notes link near the bottom of the menu.

Working with Submitted Files

  1. If students submitted an attachment for their assignment submission, you will see a hyperlink for easy download of the file. Downloading files are not necessary if you are using Inline Grading. You might also download all student submissions.

Inline Grading: New Box View

You can annotate and grade student files directly within the browser

New Box View - will be depreciated May 25 through May 27, 2020.

NOTE: Be mindful of the supported file types.


Inline Grading: Bb Annotate

Migration Timeline 

The file migration from New Box View to Bb Annotate will begin starting on May 25 and could take several hours to days to complete depending on the number of files that need to be migrated. This ensures all older documents also use the same inline grading system and that no data is lost during the transition. 

Existing Grading 

All pre-existing annotations created through New Box View will be migrated and visible in Bb Annotate. If a user is actively annotating a file using New Box View during the migration, the file will not migrate to Bb Annotate until the user has completed that session. Upon loading the submission file again, it will display in the Bb Annotate viewer. User will be able to delete annotations as well as add new comments to any existing comment created using New Box View. 

Mobile App Compatibility

Bb Annotate will work with the Blackboard Instructor app, but not the Blackboard app.  Students should access their assignment submission through a web browser to see annotations.

More Information 

The links and video below provide relevant information about inline assignment grading with Bb Annotate. 

Bb Annotate Instructor Help Page 

Bb Annotate Student Help Page

Should you Save Draft or Submit Changes?

  1. Use Save Draft if you do not want to release the grade to the student at this time. You can come back to this attempt and Submit the score and feedback at another time.
  2. Click Submit at the bottom of the grading menu when you are ready to release the grade to the student. 

NOTE: If you are using inline grading, rubrics, or feedback on student assignments, it is best practice to teach students how to access that information in Blackboard.