Thursday, August 08, 2013

Inline Grading for Blackboard Assignments

Inline Assignment Grading enhances the grading experience for faculty and teachers in Blackboard Learn. Instead of requiring instructors to download student-submitted files to view or edit those submissions, instructors can now see those files "inline," i.e. in the web browser. Annotation tools also enable instructors to provide feedback--comments, highlights, and even drawing--directly on the inline view of the document.

To begin using Inline Grading, enter your Blackboard course site and go to the Full Grade Center. Click your students’ Assignment attempts in the grade cells of the Grade Center in your course as you normally would to access the student submissions.  You will notice the heads-up paper display right away.

Blackboard Assignments accept the submission of any document type by students.  Document types that can be displayed in-line for grading are Word (DOC, DOCX), PowerPoint (PPT, PPTX), Excel (XLS, XLSX), and PDF (PDF). The converted document is displayed in a viewer on the Grade Assignment page.  Any document type that a student submits which cannot be displayed in-line can still be downloaded and viewed offline by the instructor, just as in previous versions of Blackboard.