Blackboard Assignments can accept multiple file submissions and accepts larger file sizes than Turnitin. Blackboard Assignments will accept any type of file, including media files. For further advantages and / or disadvantages between the two please speak with your Digital Academic Developer.
When you create a Blackboard Assignment, students can make a submission by typing into a text box or uploading a file or files.
When creating an Assignment, a Gradebook column will be created automatically. You can view and mark a Blackboard Assignment by entering marks and feedback via the Blackboard Gradebook.
Before adding any feedback or marks to a submission please ensure you check that the Grade Centre column for this assignment is hidden from students and does not auto-aggregate to the Total column which could potentially cause early visibility of grades to students.
Once the students’ submissions have been downloaded, the feedback and grades will also need downloading and archiving.
From the Control Panel
Select Grade Centre
Select Full Grade Centre
Select the drop-down arrow next to Reports
Select View Mark History
The Mark History window will open displaying the Assignment name(s), user names, the grades or if an attempt was cleared and the feedback in the comments column:
Note: This will not show any extra files the tutor may have uploaded as an attachment providing additional feedback to a student. It is the responsibility of the tutor to download and save any such documents they may have attached to a student’s feedback.
From the Mark History window select Download
From the Options window that displays, for ease select:
Delimited Type = Comma
Include comments = Yes
The following window will appear:
Select Download and then select OK to return to the Mark History window.
Once the file is downloaded it can be opened as an Excel spreadsheet. Check that all entries have downloaded correctly and then save this to the required location.
If a Blackboard Assignment is deleted you will no longer be able to see either students’ work submitted, any e-feedback you’ve written or marks entered. It is therefore important to undertake the manual archiving of student work to comply with the University Document Retention schedule.
You may also want to download work or other information because:
work is only submitted electronically and you are required to retain copies for audit
you want to show a selection of work and/or feedback to external examiners
Please ensure that you
advise students before you delete a Blackboard Assignment, or recycle the list of users in your Blackboard site, and advise them to download their full scripts and/or e-feedback.
are aware of the programme’s procedure and location for archiving.
Contact your Digital Academic Developer for further guidance on how to share work with external examiners.