Blackboard has an assignment tool that can be used to create graded assignments. This tool also creates a corresponding Grade Center column.
The assignment tool provides students with a link, that when clicked, allows them to attach a document and type in comments. These items will be sent to the Grade Center, where instructors will retrieve and grade them.
If you need more instruction on creating assignments, the optional movie tutorial in the section below will guide you through the assignment creation process.
After completing the activities below, move to the next item for your selected training.
Activity to Complete
Create an assignment in Blackboard:
- Navigate into your New Lesson folder (created earlier).
- Click the Create Assessment button.
- Click Assignment.
- Type a name for the assignment into the textbox next to Name.
- Type instructions into the text editor (you can also attach a rubric or other files).
- Under Grading, type in the points possible.
- Under Availability, set your desired selections (number of attempts, availability dates and times). Make sure to check the box to make the assignment available or it will not be made available to students, even if an open and close time are designated. When you set availability dates and times, the students cannot access the item outside of those designated parameters.
- If you select Track Number of Views, Bb will track all views of this item, which will show in the Course Reports. It is advisable to use this feature only for items you want to track since tracking does use a considerable amount of system resources.
- Under Due Dates, you can set the due date and time, which will appear on the students list of items to do (optional). Please note that this feature does not close the assignment when the due date is reached; use the availability setting to accomplish that (mentioned above).
- Under Recipients, the default is All Students Individually. The Groups of Students option is only used if you want to assign specific assignments to groups (set up using the groups tool).
- After setting up your assignment, click the Submit button.
While you used the standard Assignment Tool in Bb to complete the assignment activity, you should also be aware that there is a second type of assignment tool that includes plagiarism checking, known as SafeAssign. When a SafeAssign assignment is used, an originality report is created, informing the instructor about the percentage of text that matched text found in other online resources.
You can learn how to use SafeAssign by viewing the short movie below from Blackboard On Demand Learning Center. A more in-depth description of SafeAssign is included in the CFCC SafeAssign Tutorial.
Learn how to create interactive rubrics for your assignments.
- Adaptive Release:
Learn how to create rules that specify when certain content is made available to students or groups of students.
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