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Blackboard – Assignment Tool – Setting Up

The Assignment Tool allows instructors to create a “drop box” for each assignment into which students can submit their completed work. If you’ve already created an assignment, read about how to grade and give feedback on student submissions.

Create an Assignment

Avoid duplicate columns in the Grade Center

When creating assignments, a column is automatically created in the grade center.  To avoid duplicate columns, do not create a column manually for the assignment in the grade center – let Blackboard do the work for you!

  1. Open any content area page, such as Course Materials.Arrows pointing to the assignment tool in the Assessments menu.
  2. Select Assessments > Assignment from the options at the top of the page.
  3. Fill out the assignment name, instructions for students, and enter the points possible for later grading.
  4. If you want students to submit more than one time for this assignment, click “Submission Details” and where it says “Single Attempt” click and choose Multiple Attempts or Unlimited Attempts. If you choose multiple, there appears a field below where you can enter the maximum number allowed.
  5. Click Submit.

Create a Group Assignment

First, you’ll need to have Blackboard groups set up (see this page). Then you create the assignment in a content area page, such as course materials. Under Grading on the assignment page, choose Submission Details (see image). From this area, choose Group Submission, select one or all groups on the left and click the small arrow to move the selections to the right (see image). Proceed with the rest of your assignment options.

Note that only one person in the group needs to submit the file. When you grade it, the grade will be automatically shared with everyone in the group. You can edit a particular student’s grade if needed.

See Also

Blackboard: Assignment Tool – Grading and Feedback

Updated on September 21, 2020

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