Creating an Assignment

In this tutorial, we will walk through the process of creating an assignment in your Blackboard course. To start, first go into a content area where you wish to make an assignment available to your students. Mouse over the “Assessments” button toward the top of the body of the page and select “Assignment”.


Next, type in the assignment name along with any instructions you may have for your students. Adding a due date into the set of instructions helps to eliminate any confusion as to when an assignment is due since it’s part of the instructions, but of course is up to you.


If you have any files to attach for your students to review or work off of, you may add them by clicking on the “Browse My Computer” button. Or if’ you’ve already uploaded it to your course, click “Browse Course”


Next you have the option to add a due date.


Make sure to put in a point value for this assignment. This is a mandatory field.


If you are using a rubric to grade your assignment, you may add it by clicking on the “Add Rubric” button. If you would like to learn how to utilize Rubrics in Blackboard, please check out this tutorial on Rubrics in Blackboard.


From here, there’s additional options in the next 3 categories. You can view what’s in each category by clicking the title to expand the options. Generally speaking, the default settings are usually set appropriately, but you may wish to change some of them depending on your needs.


Under Submission Details, you can leave the default assignment type as individual submission, or change the assignment to a group submission, and also allow more than one attempt. NOTE: Allowing multiple submissions adds additional attempts in the grade center that will need your attention. More on the Plagiarism checker here.


Under Grading Options, you can turn on anonymous grading if you wish. You may also set the assignment to allow peer to peer grading by checking the “Enable Delegated Grading” option. creating_an_assignment9

Under Display of Grades, you can change the primary and secondary score (this can also be done in the Grade Center) from the default. You may also decide this assignment is a practice, so you may wish to uncheck the “Include in grade center grading calculations” option. Generally speaking, it’s a good idea to leave it checked as the default. You may also make the score unavailable to your students by unchecking the “show to students in my grades”. If you wish to show the statistics for the assignment to your students, check the third option.

creating_an_assignment10You may wish to limit when your students have access to the assignment. Maybe you are setting up your class for future weeks, or wish to grant them access for a specific time frame for that week. You may do so by selecting a date and time range, just click on the calendar and/or clock icon to set the date and time. Make sure there’s a check in the appropriate display after / display until field(s) if you wish to limit the availability. If you leave it blank, the assignment will be open until you turn it off manually. You may also track the number of views for this assignment by checking the track number of views option.

creating_an_assignment11When your finished, click the submit button.


Create a Survey From a Pool of Questions

If you’re using the IDS provided template, you’re probably considering providing the students with an opportunity to give you feedback on their experience of the course while the course is in progress.

IDS has added a number of course and unit evaluation questions to the template in question pools. Selecting which questions you’d like to use and adding them to a survey is easy.

First you’ll need to create your survey. Choose TESTS SURVEYS AND POOLS from the Course Tools heading.


Then choose SURVEYS, then click the BUILD SURVEY button to create a new survey.


Name and provide a description and instructions for your survey as necessary, then click SUBMIT. While you’ll note you can create questions here on the survey canvas, just as you can create questions on the test canvas, we’ll be adding questions from a pool, so click FIND QUESTIONS.


Select the pool you want to add questions from (or choose ALL POOLS to view and pull questions from all question pools in the course).


Once you have your pool selected, you’ll be presented with a preview of the questions available to add. To view the full question text, point to the QUESTION DISPLAY button and choose FULL TEXT.

You also have the option to copy the question into your survey or link the question. If you choose to link the question, then any changes made to the question in the pool will be reflected in the survey (and in all other linked instances of the question).

If you choose to copy the question, then edits made on the survey instance won’t appear in the question pool and vice versa.


Check the boxes for the questions you wish to add, then click SUBMIT.

You can now re-order your questions by click-dragging them up or down, or by using the re-order button in the upper right of the test canvas.


¬†Once you have all your questions added, use the same process to deploy your survey as you’d use to deploy a test.

Download (and Print?) a Graded Assignment

At some point you may want to keep a copy of the feedback your professor gave you on a written assignment submitted through Blackboard, either for your own records or for a portfolio-type project. Courses on Blackboard won’t necessarily be available forever — your professor may decide to disable them at any time, so we recommend capturing any feedback you wish to save as soon as you receive that feedback.

Fortunately, the process is pretty easy.

First, locate the assignment in question in your My Grades page. You can do this inside the course by going to TOOLS then choosing MY GRADES.

Click on the assignment name

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This will launch a “Review Submission History” page, which shows a copy of the marked-up paper in a view. At the top-left of the markup page you’ll find a zoom-out button, a zoom-in button, and a download button. Click the download button.


Next, you’ll be prompted whether you’d rather to download the original file you uploaded or an annotated PDF of the file. If you wish to keep the professor’s feedback, choose Download annotated PDF.

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You’ll then be asked what you wish to name your download and where you wish to save it. Choose an appropriate name and location. Once you have downloaded the file to your computer, you can print at your leisure.


Subscribe to a Discussion Board Forum

Want to be notified whenever someone posts to a discussion board forum? If the option has been enabled by the instructor, you can subscribe to a forum. When you’ve subscribed to a forum you’ll get an email (in your UDM inbox) whenever someone posts on the forum.

Depending on how the forum is set up, you may receive an email alert containing a link to the new forum post, or you may receive an email that includes the link as well as the full text of your post.

Subscribing is easy, just click the SUBSCRIBE button at the top of the forum page.


If you want to stop receiving email alerts, click the Unsubscribe button (which replaces the Subscribe button when you are subscribed to a forum).

How do I print or download a test in Blackboard?

The answer is, its not very easy to do! That’s by design to help preserve the integrity of your online exams.

However, there are times when faculty may need to print a test for review, to provide paper version for a student, or any number of reasons. You may not be able to download or print a test very easily, BUT IDS CAN HELP! If a test is in Blackboard, currently you have to manually copy/paste each question or copy the whole test, getting a bunch of extra content you didn’t want or need in the process. This can be very frustrating to re-format your entire test, not to mention time-consuming.

If you contact the Instructional Design Studio by phone at 313-578-0580 or email at, we can pull your test out of Blackboard, and into your hands via PDF, txt, or Word file. Printing is also available for you to pick up upon request. Please allow 24 (business) hours for this process to occur, but it may take less.


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