Grading Assignments, Discussion Boards, Tests, and more

Assignment Grading

Viewing Submissions

Grading Student Work in Blackboard Video

Needs Grading Page

  1. Go to Grade Center > Needs Grading under the Course Management menu at the bottom of the left course menu.
    An image of the "Grade Center" menu with "Needs Grading" highlighted
  2. Click on the gray down arrow next to the Item Name to grade all student attempts for that one assignment.
    An image of the gray arrow next to the Item Name
  3. You will be taken to the Grade Details Page.
    An image of the Grade Details page.
  4. You will only see a preview of the submission if the file has one of the following document types: Word (DOC, DOCX), PowerPoint (PPT, PPTX), Excel (XLS, XLSX), or PDF.

Full Grade Center Page

  1. Go to Grade Center > Full Grade Center under the Course Management menu at the bottom of the left course menu.
    The Grade Center menu with "Full Grade Center" highlighted
  2. Click on the gray down arrow that corresponds to the student and the assignment you would like to view.
    An image ofthe full grade center with the gray down arrow in a student's row highlighted.
  3. Click on the attempt in the drop down.
    The full grade center, with the gray menu expanded and the most recent attempt highlighted.
  4. You will be taken to the Grade Details Page.
    An image of the Grade Details page.

You will only see a preview of the submission if the file has one of the following document types: Word (DOC, DOCX), PowerPoint (PPT, PPTX), Excel (XLS, XLSX), and PDF.

Entering A Grade
  1. From the Grade Details page, click on the grade textbox on the right side of the screen and enter a numerical grade for the student‘s submission.
    The grading area, with a red box around the place one enters a grade.
  2. Clicking in this textbox, the Grading Sidebar will be expanded and you can provide additional feedback to the student in the Feedback to Learner textbox.
    An image of the grading sidebar.12
  3. Make sure to click the Submit button to save the grade and comments that you have entered.
Audio/Video Feedback

In addition to writing feedback on student assignment submissions, you can leave audio and video feedback.

After viewing a student assignment submission, and you are ready to leave an audio/video feedback, click on the “Content Editor Button” in the Feedback to Learner box.

In the Feedback to Learner content editor window, select the “recording tool” by clicking on the microphone icon, which is in the bottom left corner of the tool menu.

A Ready to record! window will appear. Note: the first time using this tool, the browser may prompt you to allow the website to have access to your computer’s microphone and camera. Allow the website to have access to proceed. If the Ready to record! window does now appear, it is possible that it is being blocked by your browser’s pop-up blocker. In this case, turn off your browser’s pop-up blocker for this site.

Click the “record button: to record audio. By default, the video will be turned off, but if you would like to record both audio and video, click on the “camera” icon button before you start your recording.

While recording, you can “pause” the recording if needed. To finish, click the “Stop Recording” button when you are finished. Note: Recordings are limited to a maximum of five minutes. When you stop recording, a new window will appear where you can listen to the recording before saving it. If you are not happy with the recording, you will have an option to Delete recording in this window.

If you are happy with your recording, click Save and exit. The recording will be posted to the feedback on the assignment and the student will be able to listen to or watch the feedback.

After you save and exit, you will be brought back to the student’s submission. You will see the media icon on the Feedback to Learner box. Click Submit.

Inline Commenting

Inline Grading will allow you to provide student feedback directly in Blackboard through a third-party, cloud-based technology called Crocodoc.

Note: When you are working directly in Blackboard, you want to make sure you are saving your work because Blackboard will timeout after an hour and any annotations that have been made will not be saved.

In order to use the Inline Grading feature, the student will need to submit one of the following file types Word (DOC, DOCX), PowerPoint (PPT, PPTX), Excel (XLS, XLSX), and PDF.

  1. If the Comment menu is not expanded, click on the Comment button to show the commenting options.
    An image of the comment button in crocodoc, with the options it provides highlighted
  2. Click on the down arrow to the right of the yellow comment icon to select which type of comment/annotation you would like to create.
    The comment type menu expanded, exposingt he three types of comments.

    • Point Comment: Point to a specific location in the submission and add a comment
    • Area Comment: Draw a box around an area of the submission and add a comment
    • Text Comment: Highlight a section of text from the submission and add a comment
  3. You will want to either click (if point comment is selected) or click and drag (if area or text comment are selected) within the submission to select where you would like to add your comment. A yellow comment popup will appear to the right of the submission for you to enter your comment for that selection of the submission.
    A sample assignment, with examples of different comments on it.
  4. Once a comment has been added to the submission, you can point your cursor to one of the comments to the left of the submission to either reply (expand on the comment) or delete the comment.
    The "Reply" and "Delete" functions of the comments higlighted.
  5. Make sure to click Submit on the right menu under the Feedback to Learner text box to save all of your inline comments.
    The "Submit" button is at the bottom of the feedback area.
Offline Commenting
  1. Download the student‘s submission to your computer using the download button.
    An image of the download button.
  2. You can use the Microsoft commenting feature to provide comments to the student
  3. Once you have finished adding comments, you will want to save the file on your computer.
  4. Navigate back to the Grade Details page in Blackboard and use the Insert File option within the Feedback to Learner textbox.
    An image of the feedback textbox, with the attachment button highlighted.
  5. Select the file from your computer that includes the comments and click the Submit button.
  6. You will see the file name as a link within the Feedback to Learner text box
    An image of the feedback box with the active link embedded.
  7. Make sure to click Submit at the bottom of the page to save the document that you have uploaded with comments.
Grading With Rubrics
  1. Go to the Needs Grading area in the Control Panel of your course and locate the item you wish to grade.
  2. Access the gradable item using the gray arrow/contextual menu.
    And image of the "Full Grade Center", where an item needs grading. the menu for that item has been expanded.
  3. Click View Attempts to review the submission.
    The "View attempts" button highlighted.
  4. Click the down arrow under the Attempt menu.
    Under the "Attempt" heading, there is an arrow.
  5. Click the name of the Rubric or the New Window Icon to open the Rubric.
    An image of the rubric link.
  6. Select a level of achievement for each criteria by either clicking in the cell or selecting the radio button of the appropriate option to apply that point value to the grade.
    • In a new window, it will look like this.
      An image of a "new window" rubric.
    • If you have clicked the name of the rubric and opened it in the same window, it will look like this.
      An image of an in-window rubric
  7. A running Raw Total score appears as you make point selections. You can type a score in the Change the number of points box to override the selected score.
    An image of the Raw Total area of a rubric.
  8. When grading is complete, click Save to save the score.

Discussion Board Grading

Grade Participation in a Discussion Forum
Grading Student Work in Blackboard Video
  1. Select the discussion forum that you wish to grade.
  2. Select “Grade Discussion”
    The Forum page, with "Grade Discussion Forum" highlighted
  3. Select the user that you wish to grade first. You will have the opportunity to grade every student on the next page.
    The user page, with the "Grade" button highlighted
  4. If you intend to use a rubric (and have already attached the rubric to the discussion), select the rubric on the right hand side. it should be underlined.
    The grading page, with the area where the rubric will be highlighted.
  5. If you‘d like to use the more detailed version of the rubric click the icon that looks like two squares on top of one one another. It is located to the right of the underlined rubric title. Please note that this will open the full rubric in a new window. Be sure to save the rubric before closing it.
    The grading bar with the "Expand rubric" button highlighted.
  6. Click on the point value that you feel the student earned. The point value will automatically be added to the “raw score” on the bottom of the page. However, you can override the number of points below the raw score. When appropriate, provide feedback to explain why the student earned that point value. Students may also like to know what they should do to earn the next point value.
    The grading page, with the feedback section of the rubric and the raw total area highlighted
  7. If you do not plan to use a rubric, simply enter in the point value that you feel the student has earned in the “Grade” section. Again, when appropriate please leave feedback to the student.
    The grading area with the point entry area highlighted
  8. After you have entered the grade, click submit. A green box should pop up that says, “The grade was saved successfully.” If you do not see this box, the grade may not have been saved.
    An image of the "this grade was saved successfully" image
  9. Click Submit. The information appears in the Forum Grade section.

You can click Grade again to make changes at any time.

Grades appear in the Grade column on the Grade Discussion Forum Users page and in the Grade Center.

Grade Participation in a Thread

Before you can grade by thread, you much verify that the Discussion forum has enabled grading for threads.

Click the drop down menu arrow and click Edit. Under Grade, select Grade Threads. If you choose to grade threads when you created a forum, you decide on a thread-by-thread basis whether to grade a thread AND users cannot create new threads.
The "Grade" area of a discussion edit page, with "Grade Threads" selected.

Grading Student Work in Blackboard Video

To grade:

  1. Click the Grade function in a thread’s Grade column.
    The discussion board page, with the "Grade" button next to the thread highlighted.
  2. Type the Points possible.
  3. Click Submit. In the forum, the Grade Thread function appears in the thread’s Grade column.
    The forum page, with the "Grade" button having been replaced by "Grade Thread"
  4. Click Grade Thread, and then select the student you wish to grade.
    The user page, with the "Grade" button highlighted
  5. Type a numeric value in the Grade box.
  6. Optionally, type Feedback for the user
  7. Click Submit. The information appears in the Thread Grade section.

Click Grade again to make changes at any time. .
Grades appear in the Grade column on the Grade Discussion Thread Users page and in the Grade Center.


TurnItIn Grading

Viewing TurnItIn Originality Report

TurnItIn Assignments will show on the Full Grade Center with the Needs Grading symbol and Needs Grading Page once it has been submitted by the student.

  1. You can access the TurnItIn assignment through the Needs Grading Page by clicking on the students name or by clicking on the gray arrow to the right of the TurnItIn assignment name > Grade All Users.Needs Grading Page with one assignment that needs to be graded. The down arrow next to the Item Name and the student's name is highlighted.
  2. You will be taken to the Modify Grade page, which is where you will see the submission details for this assignment and the selected student.
    Modify Grades page for a TurnItIn submission
  3. Click on the Originality Report icon to view the Originality Report of the student’s submission.
    Modify Grade page for TurnItIn assignment with the originality report button highlighted
  4. You will be taken to the TurnItIn Originality Report.  This report will highlight different phrases or sentences that have come from other resources and even show which resources these phrases or sentences came from.  You will also get an overall Similar % in the upper right corner to show how much of the submission was taken from other resources.
    TurnItIn Originality Report with a sample submission
Grading TurnItIn Assignments
  1. You can access the TurnItIn assignment through the Needs Grading Page by clicking on the students name or by clicking on the gray arrow to the right of the TurnItIn assignment name > Grade All Users.Needs Grading Page with one assignment that needs to be graded. The down arrow next to the Item Name and the student's name is highlighted.
  2. You will be taken to the Modify Grade page, which is where you will see the submission details for this assignment and the selected student.
    Modify Grades page for a TurnItIn submission
  3. Under the Feedback to User section, you can enter the student’s numerical grade as well as any written comments you would like to provide to the student.
    Modify Grade page specifically the Grade field and Coments field
  4. Also, in the upper right corner of the TurnItIn Originality Report, there is a place where you can enter the students numerical grade for that assignment.  If the grade is entered here, it will automatically be saved into the Grade Center for you.
    TurnItIn Originality Report with a sample submission

Rubrics

Create a Rubric
Create a Rubric — Video
  1. On the Course Management menu, got to Course Tools > Rubrics
  2. On the Rubrics page, click Create Rubric.
  3. Enter the name of the rubric. You will use this name to identify which rubric you will associate to an assignment, blog, wiki, etc.
  4. (Optional) You can provide a description for the rubric. This description is for your use only. The students will not see the description.
  5. Select a Rubric Type from the drop down list:
    • No Points: Feedback only
    • Points: Single point value for each Level of Achievement
    • Point Range: Range of values for each Level of Achievement
    • Percent: Flexible depending on each assignment‘s possible points
    • Percent Range: Range of values for each Level of Achievement. During the grading process, you select the appropriate percentage level for a particular Level of Achievement and the system calculates the points earned by multiplying the weight x achievement percentage x item points.
      The "Rubric Type" menu expanded.
  6. Click on the gray arrow next to each row or column title to modify the heading names.
    The gray arrow and "edit" link that one uses to change a column name highlighted
  7. Type in the number of points or percentage in each row and column.
    The "points" box on a rubric highlighted.
  8. (Optional) Type a description defining the criteria and associated level of achievement. There is a limit of 1,000 characters for each description.
    The Optional description box of a rubric highlighted.
  9. Click Submit.

** Once a rubric is used for grading, the rubric cannot be modified.

Associate a Rubric
  1. When creating or editing a gradable item (Assignments, Blogs, Journals, Wikis, Discussion Boards, and Essay, Short Answer, and File Response Test Questions), you will see a button called “Add Rubric”.
    Theg "Add Rubric" box of the "Associated Rubrics" section of an edit page.
  2. Once you click on the Add Rubric button you will have 3 options (Select Rubric, Create New Rubric, and Create From Existing).
    • Select Rubric associates a rubric that you created in the Rubrics area of Course Tools.
    • Create New Rubric opens a pop-up window to allow immediate creation of a new associated rubric.
    • Create From Existing uses a previously created rubric as a template to create a new associated rubric.
      The "Add Rubric" menu expanded to show the options.
Grading With Rubrics
  1. Go to the Needs Grading area in the Control Panel of your course and locate the item you wish to grade.
  2. Access the gradable item using the gray arrow/contextual menu.
    And image of the "Full Grade Center", where an item needs grading. the menu for that item has been expanded.
  3. Click View Attempts to review the submission.
    The "View attempts" button highlighted.
  4. Click the down arrow under the Attempt menu.
    Under the "Attempt" heading, there is an arrow.
  5. Click the name of the Rubric or the New Window Icon to open the Rubric.
    An image of the rubric link.
  6. Select a level of achievement for each criteria by either clicking in the cell or selecting the radio button of the appropriate option to apply that point value to the grade.
    • In a new window, it will look like this.
      An image of a "new window" rubric.
    • If you have clicked the name of the rubric and opened it in the same window, it will look like this.
      An image of an in-window rubric
  7. A running Raw Total score appears as you make point selections. You can type a score in the Change the number of points box to override the selected score.
    An image of the Raw Total area of a rubric.
  8. When grading is complete, click Save to save the score.
Exporting and Importing Rubrics

The best way to share rubrics between Blackboard courses is to export a rubric from one course and import it into another course.

Note: Rubrics are copied over during the transfer process so please make sure to check the course to make sure it does not already contain the rubric you are looking for.

Exporting

  1. In the course that contains the rubric, go to Control Panel > Course Tools > Rubrics

    Course Tools menu with Rubrics highlighted in the menu

  2. You will see a list of all of the rubrics in your course.  Select the rubrics you would like to export by clicking on the check boxes to the left of each rubric.
    List of Rubrics in the Blackboard Course with the checkboxes selected next to two of the rubrics selected for
  3. Click the Export button at the top or the bottom of the page.
    Rubrics page in Blackboard with the Export button highlighted
  4. You will be taken to a screen that shows a summary of all of the rubrics selected and will give you an option of how you want to export them (Export to Local Computer or Export to Content Collection). Make sure Export to Local Computer is selected and Click Submit.
    Summary of two selected rubrics that will be exported from Blackboard
  5. The next screen will you give a button to Download the exported rubrics. This file will be downloaded to your computer.  Depending on the browser you are using, it may prompt you to select where to save the file. Please make sure you are able to locate this file.  You will not be able to open the exported rubrics file on your computer, but this is the file that you will use to import into another Blackboard course.
    Download Exported Rubrics page with a Download button

Importing

  1. In the course where you would like to import the rubric, go to Control Panel > Course Tools > Rubrics

    Course Tools menu with Rubrics highlighted in the menu

  2. Click the Import Rubric button at the top of the page.
    Rubrics page with the Import Rubric button highlighted
  3. You will be brought to the Import Rubric page.  Click on the Browse My Computer button and select the rubric file you exported from Blackboard.
    Import Rubric page with the Browse My Computer button highlighted
  4. Click the Submit button to begin the Import.
  5. Once the rubrics are imported, you will see a screen called Rubric Import Results.  You can click the OK button in the bottom right corner of the screen to return to your full list of rubrics, which will include the ones that were just imported.
    Rubric Import Result page with the OK button highlighted