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Blackboard provides you with an organized way to collect the work your students create, be it documents, powerpoints, spreadsheets, or other types of files.  The Assignment Manager in Blackboard enables you in Blackboard to create Assignments in any content area and post them for students to complete. Creating an assignment automatically creates an item in the gradebook which holds all the submitted student assignments.

How the Assignment Process in Blackboard Works (Northern Illinois University)

Assignment Features:

  • Gradebook notation (!) notifies instructor an assignment has been turned in.
  • All assignments support content management options (including time-release)
  • Ability to download one or multiple student assignments for grading offline
  • Feedback opportunities are available for INSTRUCTORs to add comments to an assignment
  • Completed assignments are organized, viewed and graded in the Blackboard Gradebook

Adding an Assignment

The Add Assignment feature allows you to link your files to any of the Content Areas. This tool is accessible via the pull down list on the upper right side of the content pages.

From the Control Panel:

  1. Click on desired Content Areas
  2. Choose Assignment from the pull-down list on the right side of the page.
  3. Click the Go button (NOT the OK button)
  4. Type the name of the assignment in the Name field.
  5. Complete the assignment options (i.e. add instructions, attach files, set dates)
  6. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the Submit button.

Viewing & Downloading Completed Assignments

As an INSTRUCTOR in Blackboard, you can view the completed assignments through the Gradebook.

To view assignments, go to the Control Panel:

  1. Enter the Gradebook
  2. Look for the Column with name of your assignment
  3. Any submitted assignments will have a "!" in the column
  4. Click on the "!" and select "View" to view the assignment

One of the best features is the ability to download all submitted work in one move.  To download all attached competed files for an assignment, go to the Control Panel:

  1. Enter the Gradebook
  2. Click on the name of the assignment (top of column)
  3. Select "Item Download"
  4. Select individual student files to download or select "Check All"
  5. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the Submit button.
  6. Select the link "Download Items Now"
  7. Select location on computer to store files
  8. Select Save - a compressed zip file is created and placed in the location you specified
  9. You can drag this zip file onto a flash drive, take your laptop to the local Starbucks or other convenient location, and begin grading and annotating student work outside of Blackboard!

Grading Assignments and Providing Feedback

Once you view the assignment via the Gradebook, you can enter a grade, provide feedback, and write INSTRUCTOR notes. Once you submit these, unless specified, your students can view their grade and comments. You can re-enter the assignment and make changes at any time.

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