Grading with a Rubric

Blackboard Assignment

If a rubric has been attached to the assignment, click on the rubric name to expand.

Click on the desired criterion for each section. The range of points available for that criteria can then be selected from a drop-down selection within the defined points range.

Points will be automatically totalled as the Raw Total, however you can still amend/overwrite using Change the number of points out of xx.x to:

The rubric can also be opened in its own window to give more space to mark and view. Click on the expand rubric icon.

Feedback on the rubric scores can be left at the bottom. Remember to click Save Rubric once you have completed marking using the rubric to ensure that your interactions are not lost.

Entering a Mark

Blackboard Assignments

Within the Mark Assignment window, ensure you select the correct Attempt (if multiple attempts have been permitted) from the drop-down list.

screen image showing the drop down menu for the number of attempts submitted to a blackboard assignment

Then enter the Mark /100. Click on Submit to mark the current assignment and move to the next student submission.

Selecting Save Draft after entering a Mark prevents the score from appearing in the Grade Centre or the students My Grades area, but the score is not saved.

Entering Feedback

Blackboard Assignment

Within the Mark Assignment window select the small arrow head within the Attempt section to expand the window:

screen image showing the small drop down arrow in the Mark Assignment panel

Enter Feedback in the Feedback to Learner section.

screen image of the feedback area in Blackboard Assignments with the Add Notes highlighted.

Select Add Notes to expand the Marking Notes – these are Private and only visible to the tutor or other Instructors of the course board.

screen image of the private marking notes area in a Blackboard Assignment which is only visible to the tutor or other instructors

Click Save Draft to return an assignment attempt without a grade and with comments only.

The assignment remains ungraded and an exclamation mark remains in the My Grades and in the Grade Centre.

Students can access the comments through their Assignment Submission point and can resubmit by accessing the assignment, if resubmissions have been made possible.

Clearing a Submission

Blackboard Assignment

From the Grade Centre find the column for the Assignment and select the student row and then select the drop-down arrow to display the menu.

Select to View Mark Details:

screen image showing the view mark details drop down menu available in the grade centre

To remove a student’s submission entirely, select Clear Attempt.

Warning: This will remove the student’s document from Blackboard, and you will no longer be able to access it.  This should be used in situations where the student submitted the wrong document.

screen image of the grade details window in Blackboard Assignments

An alternative option is to simply allow the student to submit again.  To do this, select the Allow Additional Attempt at the bottom of the mark details window, which will allow the student to select the Assignment link again and submit another document.

Viewing submissions via the Grade Centre

Blackboard Original Assignment

Access to submitted assignments is via the Grade Centre.

From the Control Panel select Grade Centre, from the drop-down options:

  • Needs Marking filters the view to items that have been submitted but not yet marked.
  • Full Grade Centre displays a grid of all student names on rows and all items in columns that are gradable within that Blackboard course.
  • Assignments displays a grid similar to the Full Grade Centre, but only shows Blackboard Assignments in columns.
  • Tests similar to Assignments, displays only Blackboard Tests in columns.

Select Assignments from the Grade Centre options and any unmarked/graded Assignments submitted will show with a yellow Exclamation mark icon under the Grade Centre column of the Assignment title.

  • Position your cursor in the table cell with the exclamation mark
  • When the cursor is in the cell, a grey drop-down arrow will appear.
  • Click on the grey drop-down arrow and it will bring up a menu:
  • Select View Mark Details to display the Mark Details window:
screen image showing the grade details window in Blackboard Assignments with the View Attempts icon highlighted
  • Select View Attempts to view the submitted work.
  • The Grade Assignment window will open:
screen image showing the grade assignment window in Blackboard Assignment with the different areas highlighted
  1. Viewing X of Y gradable items – selecting the arrow head will move between different student submissions.
  2. Assignment Details – clicking on this will expand and display the Assignment instructions e.g. Due Date, Submitted Date and Status.
  3. Attempt – displays each attempt if multiple attempts were permissible and/ or attempted.
  4. Submission – List of documents the student has submitted. Clicking on the title of each will either display the text added byu the

If the submission was media embedded via ReCap, owing to the current security settings in Blackboard only a link will show (not a thumbnail of the embedded media). Simply select the link to play the media. For further guidance please see ReCap for Assessment.

Viewing Multiple Attempts

If the Blackboard Assignment was set up to allow Multiple or Unlimited number of attempts, and the student has decided to upload multiple attempts, the attempts would be listed in the Grade Details window:

screen image of the grade details window in Blackboard Assignments

Selecting either the View Attempts or Grade Attempt will open the Grade Assignment window:

screen image of the grade assignment window shoing more than one attempt

You can select the drop-down next to Attempt to toggle between the different attempts submitted:

screen image showing the attempts drop-down and grade attempt window

To view or download the students’ assignment(s), click on the submission title, which will either display the text added by the student or present the option to download the student’s submission.

How Students submit

Blackboard Original Assignment

The maximum recommended file size is 250MB.  There is a 4GB limit if submitting media files.

Students would navigate to the content area that contains the Blackboard Assignment and click on the Assignment name to open the upload assignment window:

screen image showing a typical Blackboard Assignment upload window

Information about the assignment, such as the due date and any instructions will be displayed.

Selecting the write submission will open a text box in which the students could type their submission. However, most of the time the student would upload a file by selecting the Browse My Computer or simply dragging and dropping the file(s) in to the dashed area.

If submitting a media file, please refer to the additional guidance on the Blackboard HELP tab for Students for either Kaltura (which is being phased out by end of Semester 1 2021/22) and being replaced with ReCap. For staff please also see the ReCap for Assessment guidance.

If there are multiple files to be submitted all files should be attached before selecting submit.

Selecting the save draft option will save the files that have been uploaded but will not submit the assignment. Once all files to be submitted have been attached, selecting submit will submit the work for assessment.

The submit should only be clicked once, then wait for the transfer to finish.

Double clicking the submit, or selecting the back button or submitting again even if the transfer is taking longer than anticipated may result in the assignment becoming corrupted.

When a submission has been successful a message bar at the top of the screen will display a summary of the work submitted together with a submission confirmation number.

a screen image of the Blackboard successful submission bar showing a summary of what has been submitted together with the submission confirmation number.

Submitting Multiple Attempts

If the Blackboard Assignment has been set up to allow multiple or unlimited attempts, returning to the content area within Blackboard where the assignment has been set-up, simply click on the assignment name and resubmit.

The Review Submission History window will display the Start New icon:

screen image showing the review submission history window displaying number of attempts

Follow the previous steps given to browse and upload your file(s). Each time you submit, the number of attempts will show in the panel.

To view your previous attempts, use the drop-down arrow to select which attempt you wish to view.

About Blackboard Original Assignments

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. Students will not receive an email when they submit work to a Blackboard Assignment, however they will receive a submission confirmation number (ID).

When creating an Assignment, a Grade Centre column will be created automatically. You can view and mark a Blackboard Assignment by entering marks and feedback via the Blackboard Grade Centre.

Creating a Blackboard Original Assignment

From within the Blackboard course where you want the Assignment to appear, access the relevant content area within the course board.

  • With Edit Mode ON
  • Select Assessments drop-down
  • Select Assignment

The Create Assignment window will display.

  • Enter a Name for the assignment. This name will appear as the title of the assignment in the content area, so ensure that it is descriptive.
  • Enter any Instructions that the students need to follow when submitting their assignment.
screen image showing the Blackboard Assignment window

You can attach files to the assignment in the same way as for other content items in Blackboard.

  • If work needs to be submitted by a certain date, select the Due Date option. Blackboard Assignments will automatically accept late submissions and similar to Turnitin, will show if a student submitted work late.
  • In the Grading section enter the maximum number of Points Possible.
  • Optionally add a Rubrics. 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.
  • 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.
  • Select Submit.

Blackboard Original Assignments

Blackboard Assignments are different from Turnitin assignments as they do not go through the originality checking process and have separate submission and feedback tools.

About Blackboard Original Assignments

Feedback, Marks and Rubrics in Blackboard Original

Downloading and Archiving Submissions


Turnitin is the platform through which most electronic assessment work is submitted. The service enables students to improve their academic writing skills, and allows staff to confirm that submitted items are the authentic work of the student. In addition, the platform can be used to mark formal and summative assessments and provide feedback to students.

Turnitin can be accessed by staff and students on and off-campus through their individual modules on Blackboard using a supported browser.

Requirements under the Academic Misconduct Procedures

The Academic Misconduct Procedures require that word-processed coursework for levels 0, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 (undergraduate to postgraduate) is submitted to Turnitin.  Turnitin itself does not make any decisions about plagiarism, rather it produces a ‘Similarity report’ indicating where text in the submitted work matches other sources.  Students will have an opportunity and are encouraged to submit at least one draft and view the Similarity report for each piece of coursework or assignment they are asked to submit to Turnitin to help them develop good academic writing.  Courses should provide an early educational focus on the use of Turnitin to help students with this.

Before you start, please ensure that you have read and understood the University Requirements for use of Turnitin, the University Academic Integrity Policy, Limitations of Turnitin, and Turnitin User Agreement.

As some modules are still ‘teaching out’ using Blackboard Original sites and many now interacting with the new 22/23 Blackboard sites in Ultra, please select below which guidance you require:

Turnitin in an Original Blackboard (Index page)
Turnitin in an Ultra Blackboard (Index page)