Submitting your work with the Assignment tool in Blackboard allows you to easily upload your homework files to your instructor and receive files back, along with your grade. There is no need for paper or even email.
|Accessing Assignments||How to access the Assignments tool in Blackboard|
|Submitting an Assignment||Submitting your assignments through the Assignment dropbox|
|Confirming Your Submission||Confirming your assignments have been submitted successfully|
|Reviewing Your Results||Checking your graded assignments through My Grades and the Assignments tool|
You can access an Assignment in Blackboard when it’s been deployed by your instructor in a Content Area of the course. Your instructor may have an entire area in your course dedicated to all assignments, perhaps even linked on the Course menu, or assignments may be placed along with related lesson material.
Once the instructor informs you that an assignment is available and where to find it, read and follow all instructions carefully, view the rubric if one has been provided, complete the work as directed, then click Submit to pass in your work.
Submitting an Assignment
Once you click the Assignment link, you will be brought to the Assignment page as pictured here.
|Assignment Instructions||This area is where you fill find the instructions and due date for the assignment. Read the contents of this area carefully.|
|Assignment Submission Text Box||You have the option of adding plain or formatted text in this area. Just be aware of the Blackboard Inactivity Timer (see Side Note).|
|Attach a File||Some instructors would rather have your assignment submitted as an attachment. You will use the Browse My Computer button to find the file on your computer and upload it to the submission.|
|Comments||Use this box to write comments to the instructor regarding your assignment.|
|Submit||When ready, click Submit. If you are not yet ready to hand in the Assignment, you can click Save As Draft to be able to return later, work on it more, and then submit it.|
Confirming Your Submission
When submitting an Assignment in Blackboard, particularly ones which include file attachments, you should take the time to confirm your submission. You should receive a confirmation message after you submit your assignment. To be safe, however, you will probably want to confirm you submission manually. There are two ways that you can tell your Assignment has been submitted successfully.
|Manual Submission Confirmation|
|Assignment Link||Click on the Assignment link to view the submission history for that assignment. If you are allowed to make more than one submission, you will also see a Submission History that will display all your submissions by date and time.|
|My Grades Tool||You can also confirm your Assignment submission by accessing the My Grades area of a course. An exclamation point (!) will appear next to any Assignment that has been successfully submitted. You can access the submission history page by clicking the name of the assignment.|
Reviewing Your Results
Assignments submitted in Blackboard are not scored automatically, but need to be reviewed by your instructor. After reviewing your work, you instructor can use the same Assignment tool to provide you with a grade, written feedback, and additional files. You then can review the information in two ways: through the Assignment itself and through the My Grades area.
To review the assignment results through the Assignment Itself:
- Return to the Assignment for which you want to review the results.
- Click on the Assignment link to open the Submission History.
- At the bottom of your submission will be Instructor Feedback that will have a grade, any comments, and any attached files.
To review the assignment results through the My Grades Area:
- Click My Grades link in the Course Menu if it is available. Remember, your instructor can rename the title of this link. You will know you are on the right page because My Grades will be at the top.
- Look for the Assignment for which you want to review the results.
- Click on the name of the assignment to see instructor feedback, inline comments, or to obtain files that may have returned. Additionally, some comments will appear in the comments column to the right of the grade column.