Create and Grade Assignments
Last modified: August 26, 2022
The Blackboard "Assignment" tool provides a way for you to give instructions and attached files to students, a place for the student to turn in files (papers, documents, spreadsheets, etc.), and a means for you to grade, give feedback and return files.
Create an Assignment
Use the assignment feature when you expect students to turn in a file or document in response to the assignment, and you intend to give a grade for completion of the assignment because a column is automatically created in the Grade Center for any assignment created in Blackboard. If you are posting resources or reading material, this should be posted as an item instead of an assignment. To create an assignment, go to the content area or folder where you would like the assignment to be located for students. Click on "Assessments" and choose "Assignment".
This will take you to a screen with a number of important options.
- Name the assignment (required)
- Give instructions. You can also add media or files as resources.
- Due Dates - This is optional but recommended.
- Points Possible (required) - A Grade Center column will be created with this number of points possible.
- Add rubric - You can add a previously created rubric or create on specifically for this assignment.
- Submission Details - Here you can adjust the number of attempts, select SafeAssign, or change the assignment to a group assignment if you've already created groups.
- Grading Options - You can select "Enable Anonymous Grading" to hide student names during grading.
- Display of Grades - Choose whether the grade for this assignment displays in points (score) or percentage.
- Availability - This section allows you to control when this assignment is available to students and for how long.
For a detailed walkthrough, see our video tutorial on Adding Assignments (6:25).
Grading Assignments in Blackboard
To find assignments that have been completed, go to Grade Center in the Course Management list and click on it to locate "Needs Grading".
Here you'll find all of the work that is waiting for grading. Click on the attempt you want to grade. This will open the inline grader where you can annotate, leave feedback, and use any attached rubrics to calculate the grade. Any grade you save in this screen is automatically transferred to the grade center.
See our video on grading in Blackboard (9:10) for a demonstration of grading features.