Creating Assignments

Assignments are created in Content Areas, but can also be added to Learning Modules, Lesson Plans, and folders. Any instructions and file attachments that students need to complete the assignment are provided at the time of creation. You can deliver assignments to each student individually or as collaborative work for groups of students.

As assignments are created, you will work in Edit Mode ON. Edit Mode ON allows you to view all of the instructor functions.

The easiest way to collect assignments, papers, or files from your students is to create an Assignment in Blackboard.

  • In Edit Mode ON click the Assignments link on your course’s homepage.
  • Click on Assessments.

how to set up an assignment in blackboard

  • On the Create Assignment page, enter a Name for your assignment.  This is required.
  • In the Instructions box, add the instructions for the assignment–if desired. This is optional.

how to set up an assignment in blackboard

  • If you are going to accept late submissions, select and set the Due Date and time.  If you are not going to accept late submissions, leave this section blank.
  • Scroll down and enter the Points Possible.
  • For Number of Attempts, we strongly recommend that you either allow unlimited attempts or allow a certain number of attempts rather than allowing just a single attempt.  Experience shows that at least one of your students will accidentally submit the wrong file or accidentally submit an assignment with no file attached.  If you set Number of Attempts to Allow Single attempt, that student will be locked out of the assignment and you will need to manually clear his or her assignment attempt in your Grade Center before the student will be able to submit the correct file.  However, choosing to allow 2 attempts gives your students one “do-over” if they need it and it and won’t impact your grading at all because, by default, Blackboard shows you the student’s most recent submission (although there is an option to view and download a student’s previous submissions.)
  • Select the checkbox to Make the Assignment Available. This makes your Assignment available to students, although you can choose the date and time that students can see or not see this Assignment under Limit Availability.
  • Select and set Display After for the date and time you will start accepting student submissions and select and set Display Until for the date and time the assignment is due.  This prevents students from submitting assignments after the deadline.

how to set up an assignment in blackboard

Blackboard will display a green success box telling you that you assignment has been successfully created.  To see what your assignment looks like from a student’s point of view, turn Edit Mode off.

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10 – Setting up Blackboard Assignments

In the video above, we:

  • Explain the difference between Turnitin and Blackboard assignments
  • Show how to set up an assignment
  • Explain the settings for assignments

1 Blackboard vs Turnitin

First let’s walk through this guide to make sure that Blackboard is the right tool! First, is your assignment going to be text-based and will it be submitted in a standard file type for a text-based item (for example, a .docx, pdf, or PowerPoint file)? If the answer to this question is “no”, you’ll want to use a Blackboard assignment.

If the answer to this was yes, the next question is if the item is a scanned document. For instance, if you have a certificate that needs to be signed and submitted, you may answer “yes” to the first question as it is a text-based file and it may be submitted as a PDF. However, scanned items are interpreted by Turnitin as being only images – so scanned documents are not a good fit for Turnitin. For these kinds of use cases, you should use a Blackboard assignment.

If this is not the case, we’ve got one last question to see if Turnitin is the right choice. Is this intended for a group submission where one student is submitting on behalf of a group, or is this for an assignment where each student will submit their own paper? Turnitin is not set up for group submissions or group marking, so you should use Blackboard for group assignments.

If at the end of these questions you’ve confirmed that you’ve got non-text based assignment or a group assignment, then you should set up a Blackboard assignment

Now that we’ve got that sorted out, let’s get started setting up an assignment!

2 Creating a Blackboard Assignment

Let’s go into a module to look at creating a Blackboard submission point.

First, find where you want the item to go and hover your mouse on the separator between items where you want the submission to appear and click on the purple plus icon that appears. Then click “Create” from that menu, and in the side panel that opens choose the option for “Assignment”.

At the top, the assignment title will be given as default as “New Assignment” followed by the date. To change this, simply click on this title and start editing. Once you click out of this area, the name is saved. You can edit this at any time by repeating this process.

To the right of this, you can edit the visibility for the assignment. This could be especially useful to do at this stage if you want this to be visible to students once you have finished creating the assignment.

Below that is an arrow to move into the submission box, but we’ll come back to that briefly later.

We’ll look at the full assignment setting shortly, as these can be quite complicated. First, let’s look at this main content area on the left. You can use the plus sign to add content into this space. As this is for an assignment, we won’t cover the different question types – you can find information on these in the session on Blackboard tests.

Below that, you can see an options for adding text – this is what you will want to do to provide any instructions for the assignments. The next two options are to upload a file. Do note that if you add a file from Cloud Storage, it will add a static file – this will not be updated if the original file is edited in the cloud. Due to this, we typically recommend adding a local file just to avoid any confusion.

Once you’ve added this, you can see a tick box for “Allow students to add content at end of assessment” that is on by default if you have not added any questions. This space will allow students to upload files and/or type in a text response.

3 Assignment Settings

Now that we’ve got the main points in the submission area sorted, let’s take a look at the settings. There are a few things set up here by default, but to see the full range of options, click the cog wheel to the right of the Assignment Settings title.

The first section we can see is called Details and Actions. The first item here allows you to enter the due date. The two tick boxes below can be used to control submissions past the due date. You can use the first box if you want to prohibit late submissions – you can see the text here lets you know that all in-progress attempts will be submitted automatically. This can be a useful setting for tests where students may be entering answers in multiple questions, but for a file-upload submission such as an assignment, you may want to consider allowing late submissions. All submissions are time-stamped, so you’ll still be able to identify any submissions which come in after the due date.

Below this is the option to prohibit new attempts after the due date – if a student has already started an attempt earlier, or an attempt is in-progress, they will still be able to submit after the due date has passed.

The next option is to allow class conversations – this is essentially a discussion board linked just to this assignment. If you want students to have a linked chat to this item, you may want to turn this on.

The next few options will be off by default as they relate to questions. For more information on these, check out our session on Blackboard tests.

After that, you’ll see an option to “Collect submissions offline”. This option lets you provide marks and feedback within your module page for assignments that are handed in as hard copy only. You should not use this option if you want students to submit anything digitally.

All of the items in the next section are important to assignments, so we’ll go over each carefully.

The mark category will be set as the default of “assignment”. You can use the drop-down menu to change this. The mark category is currently only relevant if you set up the overall mark in the gradebook – for more information on this you can review the dedicated session on the gradebook.

After that is the number of attempts allowed. It can often be a good idea to set this to at least “two” so that students have a back-up already in place if they have any technical difficulties when they try to submit. However, you can also add an extra attempt to a specific student, so if you do keep this as “1”, you still have the ability to allow more submissions on a case-by-case basis.

If you do allow multiple attempts, you’ll see a new drop-down menu appears that lets you choose which attempt to mark. For an assignment, you can see all of a student’s attempts so you can enter each attempt individually and decide which you want to use to mark, although this will typically be the last submitted item.  

Below that is the mark using drop-down menu where you can decide between points, percentage, and the 23 to Alphanumeric scale. If you have watched the assignment set up for Turnitin, you may be aware that the 23 to Alphanumeric scale marking schema does not work with Turnitin assignments. There are no such known issues if you use this marking schema with Blackboard assignments.

After that you can enter the maximum points.

Below that is the option for Anonymous marking. There are a few quirks with the anonymous marking setting that you should be aware of before you use it. The first is that there is not a way to de-anonymise any student or submission individually. The only way to release a student name is to post the marks and feedback for ALL students. This can pose a problem if there is an issue with a student submission that you spot and you want to contact the student to ask them to re-submit the assignment. There is also no way to re-hide the names once they have been released, and once marks have been posted any updates to marks will be posted to students automatically.

If you use the anonymous setting, then the previous advice we gave about allowing an individual student additional attempts is no longer correct. As you cannot see names in the submission box for anonymous assignments, you will not be able to grant specific students more attempts. There is a workaround for this that we’ll discuss in later in this video in the section on Assessment Security.

Finally, at the time of recording, if you use the anonymous setting with the SafeAssign Originality report enabled, the originality report will not be generated for staff or students until the marks have been released. Although there a few workarounds, none allow you to view the originality report at the time of marking while students are anonymous, so we recommend that you do not use these settings together.

The next option allows two markers per student. If you turn on this setting, you can assign the primary markers, and the second marker, or “reconciler”. You can read more about this in the link below. If you use this setting, you cannot use Peer Review.

The next setting is the peer-review, and you can see that if you enable this, many other options are turned off and cannot be enabled. If you choose to use Peer Review, we encourage you to review all of the settings in this panel.  

Below that is the option to post marks automatically – we strongly recommend that you do not use this setting, unless you do want marks released to students immediately as you mark. This would result in an uneven release in marks for most students unless someone was collecting marks elsewhere (for instance in a spreadsheet), and then entered the grades in one fell swoop.

Next are options for assessment results – these are used if you have questions, so we will not cover this section. If you want information on these settings, you can review out session on Blackboard Tests.

The option in the assessment security is to add an access code. This will automatically generate a six-digit code that students will have to enter before they can access the assignment. This is useful if you have not set up any restrictions on submitting or starting late work, you have the anonymous setting enabled, and you want to provide a single student with an additional attempt. For this specific use case, you can change the attempts from “1” to “2”, turn on the access code, and only provide the code to the student who you would like to have the additional attempt.

As this code will lock the assignment, this is best used after the assignment due date has passed so you don’t restrict students who are trying to submit normally. And that is also why you will need to make sure that restrictions for late work are not applied. We realise this can be a bit confusing, so if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to give us a shout through Help4U.

In the additional tools section, you can add a time limit. This will start from the moment students click “start attempt”. In general, we would advise against this for an assignment as it is very possible this could prevent a student from uploading working. However, if you do use it in this context you can also decide if you want work to be automatically saved and submitted at the end of this timer or if you want to add additional time. The additional time added is very constrained at the time of recording – you have the options of allowing 50%, 100%, or unlimited extra time.

If you set this up accidentally, you can hover over the time limit link and a bin icon will appear. Clicking on that icon will remove the time limit.

You can use the next link to create and use a marking rubric. We won’t cover the details of this session, but you can read guidance on how to use rubrics below.

Goals are set up as a university, and as we don’t have these set up, we will skip this option.

Below that is the option to turn this into a group assignment. If you click the “assign to groups” link you can use the drop-down menu next to “Group Students” to find any already-created groups, or you can create a new group set from this window. To find out more information about using groups, you can view our session on creating and using groups.

Finally, the last option is to set up a SafeAssign report. This is much like Turnitin’s similarity report, although it has less robust features than Turnitin – such as a not-very-effective integration with anonymous marking that we mentioned earlier. To use SafeAssign, you will want to click the link for “Enable SafeAssign” and then tick this box to “on” in the next screen. Once you’ve enabled this you will have two further options – to allow students to view their reports and to exclude submission’s from Blackboard’s database. We strongly recommend that you turn on the ability for students to view their reports as it can help students learn how to cite their work correctly. It is also standard that students will see their reports in Turnitin, so they will likely expect to have access to this as well. We recommend that you turn off the option is to exclude submissions from Blackboard’s database.

Once you have gone through all of your settings, click save!

4 Recommendations

We strongly recommend that once you have completed setting up your assignment that you use your Student Preview account to view the assignment and test any settings to make sure that the assignment is set up and functioning as you would expect. As you saw, there are many settings and adjustments to one setting can impact another setting.

There are two last things we want to cover in the session now that the assignment has been set up.

The first is to allow an individual student an additional attempt, as that was something we said you could do for non-anonymous assignments! To do this, open the assignment and use the arrow on the top right-hand side to navigate to submissions.

We’ll cover this page in detail in the session on marking and feedback, so for now we’ll just focus on how to give more attempts to a student.

5 Additional Attempts & Hiding Marks

Find the student who will need an additional attempt and click on the three dots at the far-right column for that student. Click on the only option “add or edit exceptions”. In the side panel that appears, you see you can have a few fields you can edit that will only impact this student, including when the item will show or be hidden. Below that is the “Attempts allowed” drop-down menu that you can use to allow additional attempts. There is one field in this panel that you actually cannot edit – the assessment due date. Although this appears as though it would be an option you can adjust, it is currently not anything you can change.

The final thing we want to cover here is how to hide marks. If you accidentally post grades, or use a setting which will immediately release grades, you cannot undo this. You can, however, change the visibility of the item to “hidden from students”. This will hide the submission point, but it will also hide any and all marks and feedback. Once you’re ready to release grades, you can change this back to “visible to students”.

References:

  • 4 – Setting Up Groups
  • 11 – Setting up Blackboard Tests
  • 13 – Using the Gradebook

Blackboard guides:

  • Using multiple markers
  • Using rubrics

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  • Creating a SafeAssign Assignment in Blackboard

Starting with the April 2014 release, SafeAssign has been integrated with the assignment tool. This guide will demonstrate how to set up a Safe Assign assignment in Blackboard.

Creating an Assignment

Image of the Assessments Menu with Assessments highlighted and with instructions indicating to click on Assessments.  The menu is open, with Assignment outlined with a red circle, and instructions to select Assignment

Log into your Blackboard course, and go to the content area you would like to add the assigment to.  At the top of the page, click on the Create Assessment button and choose Assignment.

Setting up the Safe Assign Dropbox

Image of Section 1: Enter Information with the following annotations: 1.Name: Enter a name for the safe assignment here.2.Points Possible: Enter the point value for the assignment3.Due Date: Use the date and time pickers to enter a due date for the assignment that would appear in the students' To Do module and in their calendar.  Assignments submitted after this date will be flagged as Late in the Grade Center.4.Instructions: Enter any instructions for the assignment here5.Make the Assessment Available: Select Yes to make the item viewabe to students.6.Track Number of Views: Check the box to enable statistics tracking7.Availability Dates: Check the boxes and use the date pickers to limit the availability of the assignment8.Draft: Checking this checkbox will check the submisison for plagiarism, but will not add the submission to the institutional database of submitted papers.9.Urgent Checking: Checking this box will speed up the time it takes to produce a Safe Assign report.  Otherwise, submissions will be queued, and it could take time to obtain a report10.Student Viewable: Select whether you want students to be able to view the plagiarism report.

You will now see a screen labeled Create Assignment.   Section 1: Enter Information will allow you to set up the information for the Safe Assignment.

  • Name : Enter a name for the safe assignment here.
  • Points Possible : Enter the point value for the assignment

Attaching Files to the Assignment

Image of Assignment Files with the Browse My Computer and Browse Course buttons.

Assignment Files allows you to attach a file to the assignment, for example assignment guidelines or a sample assignment.  To attach a file, click on the Browse Local Files to attach a file from your computer, or click Browse Course Files to attach a file that has already been added to the course content collection. Users can also drag a file from their computer into this area to upload a file.

Setting up Grading Information

Image of the Grading section with the following annotations: 1.Name and Color: Enter a name for the assignment here, and use the color selector to change the color of the assignment link.2.Instructions: Enter a description for the assignment using the provided textbox.

The Grading section allows you to specify the point value for the assignment.

  • Points Possible: Enter the point value for the assignment.  If you are setting up the assignment for extra credit, enter 0.
  • Associated Rubrics: If you have created an interactive rubric, click the Add Rubric button to add the rubric to the assignment.
  • Submission Details: Click on Submission Details to expand this section to set up parameters related to the submission of the assignment
  • Grading Options: Click on Grading Options to enable options related to anonymous grading and delegated grading.
  • Display of Grades: Click on Display of Grades to determine how grades will be displayed to students.

Setting up Assignment Submission Details

Setting up Assignment Submission Details

After clicking on Submission Details, the screen will expand to show the following options:

  • Assignment Type : Choose the type of assignment submission ( Individual Submission, Group Submission, or Portfolio Submission )
  • Number of Attempts: Select the number of attempts to allow students to make (Single Attempt, Multiple Attempts, Unlimited Attempts).
  • Maximum Attempts: If you selected multiple attempts, enter the maximum number of allowed attempts here.
  • Score Attempts Using: If you selected multiple or unlimited attempts, select the desired option for reporting graded attempts to students ( Last Graded Attempt, Highest Attempt, Lowest Attempt, First Graded Attempt, or Average of Graded Attempts) .
  • Plagiarism tools: Check the box for the option labeled Check Submissions for plagiarism using Safe Assign to check students for plagiarism.
  • Allow students to view Safe Assign Originality Report for their attempts : Check this checkbox to make the safe assign report visible to student.
  • Exclude Submissions: Check this option to exclude student papers from SafeAssign's databases.

Assigning the Assignment to Groups

Image of the Assignment Submission section of the assignment options showing Assignment Type and Groups to Select with the following annotations: 1.Select the Group Submission option under Assignment Type.2.Items to Select: Select the groups from the left column you wish to assign the assignment to.3.Click the right-facing arrow button to select the groups and move them into the Selected Items column:4.Selected Items: Groups to which the assignment has been assigned will appear here.

To assign the assignment to groups:

  • Select the Group Submission option under Assignment Type.
  • Items to Select: Select the groups from the left column you wish to assign the assignment to.
  • Click the right-facing arrow button to select the groups and move them into the Selected Items column:
  • Selected Items : Groups to which the assignment has been assigned will appear here.

Modifying Grading Options

Image of the Grading Options section showing the following items: 1.Enable Anonymous Grading: Check this option to hide usernames when grading students' attempts. After checking this option, users will be given the option to disable grading on a specific date, or after all items have been graded.2.Enable Delegated Grading: Check this box to enable delegated grading, which allows instructors to assign users to grade students' attempts.3.Show: Use this dropdown menu to show All Possible Graders, All Assigned Graders, and All Unassigned Graders.4.Grader: A list of all eligible graderes will appear here. 5.Submissions to Grade: Use the dropdown menu next to each grader to assign grading responsibilities. Graders can be assigned to All Submissions, a Random Selection of graded attempts, or specific student Groups. 6.View Settings: Check the checkbox to allow the grader to view other graders' scores, feedback, and notes.  This option is checked by default for users with a role of Instructor.7.Reconcile Grades: a +/- icon will indicate that the user has permission to reconcile items graded by other users.

To modify grading options, click on the link labeled Grading Options:

  • Enable Anonymous Grading: Check this option to hide usernames when grading students' attempts. After checking this option, users will be given the option to disable grading on a specific date, or after all items have been graded.
  • Enable Delegated Grading: Check this box to enable delegated grading, which allows instructors to assign users to grade students' attempts.
  • Show: Use this dropdown menu to show All Possible Graders, All Assigned Graders, and All Unassigned Graders.
  • Grader: A list of all eligible graderes will appear here.
  • Submissions to Grade: Use the dropdown menu next to each grader to assign grading responsibilities. Graders can be assigned to All Submissions , a Random Selection of graded attempts, or specific student Groups.
  • View Settings: Check the checkbox to allow the grader to view other graders' scores, feedback, and notes.  This option is checked by default for users with a role of Instructor .
  • Reconcile Grades: a +/- icon will indicate that the user has permission to reconcile items graded by other users.

Modifying Grade Display Options

Image of the Display of Grades section expanded to show the following items: 1.Display Grade As: Primary: Use the dropdown menu to show how grades are displayed to students and in the Grade Center:  The available options are Score, Percentage, Letter, Text or Complete/Incomplete.2.Display Grade As: Secondary: Use the dropdown menu to show a secondary grade display in the Grade Center.  The secondary display is not shown to students.  The available options are Score, Percentage, Letter, Text, or Complete/Incomplete.3.Include in Grade Center Grading Calculations: Check this box to include assignment scores in the Grade Center calculations.4.Show to Students in My Grades: Check this box to show the results to students. Uncheck this box to hide the results from students.5.Show Statistics (average and median) for this item to Students in My Grades: Check this box to show the average and median grades to students.

Clicking on the item labeled Display of Grades allows you to change how the results are displayed to students:

  • Display Grade As: Primary: Use the dropdown menu to show how grades are displayed to students and in the Grade Center:  The available options are S core, Percentage, Letter, Text or Complete/Incomplete.
  • Display Grade As: Secondary: Use the dropdown menu to show a secondary grade display in the Grade Center.  The secondary display is not shown to students.  The available options are Score, Percentage, Letter, Text, or Complete/Incomplete.
  • Include in Grade Center Grading Calculations: Check this box to include assignment scores in the Grade Center calculations.
  • Show to Students in My Grades: Check this box to show the results to students. Uncheck this box to hide the results from students.
  • Show Statistics (average and median) for this item to Students in My Grades: Check this box to show the average and median grades to students.

Setting up the Assignment Availability

Image of the Availability section showing the following annotations: 1.Make the Assignment Available: Check this box to make the assignment visible to students.2.Limit Availability: Check the boxes and use the date and time selectors to limit the availability of the dropbox.3.Track Number of Views: Check this box to enable statistics tracking on the item.4.When finished, click the Submit button to create the assignment.

The Availability section allows you to edit the assignment's visibility to students.

  • Make the Assignment Available: Check this box to make the assignment visible to students.
  • Limit Availability: Check the boxes and use the date and time selectors to limit the availability of the dropbox.
  • Track Number of Views : Check this box to enable statistics tracking on the item.
  • When finished, click the Submit button to create the assignment.
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When we change from teaching face-to-face to teaching online, we need to shift our paradigm and allow for new workflows and processes. One of the first points of consideration is to assign work to students and how students will submit that work online.

Similarities between Traditional and Online Assignments

We've all taught or been students in the traditional classroom. We're familiar with the teacher handing out the description or instructions for a paper or project. If it is an assignment that we will have to work on in our own time, then the teacher isn't going to try to collect the assignment at the same time as she is introducing it to us. Let's apply the traditional classroom model to the online classroom. An assignment, whether it is a paper, video, or project, that takes some time to complete needs to be introduced at one point. Then students need to submit the assignment at a later point in time. So when we think about "creating an assignment" or "assigning a paper," we're talking about two events.

  • Explaining the requirements to students is done in one step.
  • Collecting work from students is a totally separate event.

How to Set Up Assignments in Blackboard

Here is a process that can apply to all assignments created in Blackboard.

  • Plan . Instructor plans the timeline from when assignment is introduced to when it is submitted (and, perhaps, graded). Not much different from a traditional classroom.
  • Explain (or "assign"). Instructor writes out the description and/or instructions for the assignment itself -- how to fulfill the requirements of the assignment. These details are added to the course content. This takes the place of the assignment handout.
  • Collect . Instructor creates an "Assignment" in Blackboard. Assignment is Blackboard's term for a virtual "dropbox," a place where students can submit documents or files. In the traditional classroom, we take for granted students can drop papers on our desk.
  • Grade . Instructor grades the assignment.
  • Review . Students receive and review feedback

One key concept is that steps 2 and 3 above should be separate. When we say " assign a paper " we aren't saying the same thing as " collect students' work. " Let's go through each of these in a little more detail.

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This video shows you how to set up a group Blackboard assignment in your Blackboard course space. It gives step by step instructions on creating the group assignment, adding files and due dates, adding points, attaching and managing a rubric, adding groups, number of attempts, displaying marks to students, and restricting availability of the assignment.

‘Quick Steps’

  • Make sure the relevant groups have been created in Blackboard.
  • Go up to the Assessments dropdown menu and click on Assignment .
  • Give the assignment a name, add any relevant instructions, attach relevant files.
  • Add a due date for the submission.
  • In the Marking section, input the points possible.
  • Add a rubric if required.
  • Click on Submission details to expand this section. Under assignment type choose Group submission .
  • Choose the relevant groups.
  • Choose the number of attempts allowed.
  • To make sure students do not see their marks until a given date, make sure you untick the ‘Show to students in my marks’ option, as this will hide the grade center column. Even with this option unticked, students might still be able to work out their mark from the total column, to avoid this make sure you untick the ‘Include in Grade Centre Calculations’ option.
  • Make the assignment available or restrict availability as required.
  • Click Submit when done.

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  • From the Courses page in Blackboard, click on the name of the course you'd like to create an assignment for.
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Using Gradescope with Blackboard as an Instructor

Gradescope integrations with Learning Management Systems (LMSs), such as Blackboard, are available with an  institutional Gradescope license . When you access Gradescope through Blackboard, you and your students won't need to create or use a separate Gradescope password, because you will be authenticated via your Blackboard credentials. If you already have a Gradescope account under the email address that's associated with your Blackboard account (e.g., your school email), when you access Gradescope in Blackboard you will be taken to your existing account. If you do end up with multiple accounts under multiple emails, you can  merge accounts .

Below is the general process you should follow to be able to use Gradescope with Blackboard. In this guide, you'll find specific details for completing each of these steps and links to other pertinent Gradescope Help Center articles.

  • Step 1. Determine your LTI version.
  • Step 2.  Link your courses.
  • Step 3.  Sync your roster.
  • Step 4.  Set up your assignment.
  • Step 5.  Grade submissions.
  • Step 6. Post grades.

An application programming interface (API) is a type of software that allows two apps to communicate with each other. Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) is a type of software developed by  IMS Global Learning Consortium  specifically to allow learning systems, such as Blackboard, to communicate with external systems, such as Gradescope. Depending on your institution's configuration, you may be launching Gradescope from Blackboard using LTI version 1.3 or using the older version, LTI 1.0 combined with Blackboard's custom API. Because the process for using Gradescope with Blackboard can differ slightly based on which integration version you have, it's recommended that before you continue on with this page you use one of the methods below to figure out whether your institution is launching Gradescope with LTI 1.0 + API or simply with LTI 1.3.

  • Method 1 (recommended):  Contact your institution's Blackboard administrator or  [email protected]  to ask if you're using Gradescope in Blackboard with LTI 1.0 + API or LTI 1.3.
  • Method 2:  Check your assignment-linking capabilities. To do that in Blackboard Original, go to your course homepage, click Content , click Build Content , and then see if Gradescope is listed as a content option. In Blackboard Ultra, go to your course homepage, click the + button under Course Content, click Content Market , and see if Gradescope Assignment is listed as a content option. If Gradescope is listed as a linkable content option under Build Content or Gradescope Assignment is listed in the Content Market, then your institution is most likely using LTI 1.3. If not, you're most likely using LTI 1.0 + API. Keep in mind that this is not a foolproof method and the best option is to contact either your admin or  [email protected] .
  • Log in to Blackboard. Click on the Blackboard course you'd like to link to Gradescope. If you don't see the course you need, contact your Blackboard administrator.
  • Next, click Tools (Original) or View course & institution tools (Ultra; shown in gif), and then click Gradescope . Depending on your institution's settings, this will launch Gradescope in a new tab or in an embedded window in Blackboard Original/Blackboard Ultra. If Gradescope isn't listed as a tool, contact your Blackboard administrator. Original or Ultra: To figure out if you're using Blackboard Original or Blackboard Ultra course view, check out Blackboard's article on determining your course view .
  • Once Gradescope launches, you'll see a dialog box with course-linking options. Choose to link to a new or existing Gradescope course, and then click  Link Course  to go to the Course Settings page. New Gradescope users:  At this point, a new Gradescope account will be created for you if you do not already have one associated with the email address (e.g., your school email) that you use in Blackboard. Existing Gradescope users:  If you already have a Gradescope account under the email address that's associated with your Blackboard account (e.g., your school email), a new Gradescope account will not be created for you, and clicking the Gradescope link in Blackboard will take you to your existing account.
  • On the Course Settings page, you can update the course title, description, rubric types, and score bounds. Keep in mind that course title and description changes made here will only appear in Gradescope, not in Blackboard.
  • When you're finished, click  Update Course . Your course is now linked and your students can access this Gradescope course. Now, it's recommended that you sync your roster.

Syncing your roster from Blackboard to Gradescope is slightly different depending on whether you’re using LTI1.0 + API or LTI 1.3. Users of LTI 1.3 may have the option to sync a Blackboard group set to the Sections field in the Gradescope roster.

  • Launch your Course Dashboard in Gradescope. If you're continuing from the steps in the section above, you will already be there. If not, log in to Blackboard, click your course, click Tools (Original) or View course & institution tools (Ultra), and then click Gradescope . This will launch your Course Dashboard in Gradescope.
  • On your Course Dashboard, expand Gradescope's left sidebar (if it isn't already) and click  Roster  to get to your Roster page. On your Roster page, click the  Sync Blackboard Roster  button.

modal window of instructor syncing blackboard roster to gradescope

  • By default, Gradescope will email users to say that they've been added to the course. If you don't want users to be notified, uncheck "Let new users know that they were added to the course" in the dialog box.
  • Click  Sync Roster .
  • Select your course in Blackboard.
  • Select Tools if you are using the Original version of Blackboard or View course & institution tools if you use Ultra. 
  • Select Gradescope . This will open your course dashboard in the Gradescope view. 
  • Expand Gradescope’s left sidebar (if it isn’t already) and select Roster . 
  • Select Sync Blackboard Roster at the bottom of the page. The button may be customized by your institution to reflect whatever you call Blackboard internally. The standard text will display Sync *** Roster . 
  • Decide whether to allow Gradescope to automatically email users to notify them they have been added to the course. 
  • The Sections field on the Gradescope roster is used for grading questions by section and is an added column in all data exports.  
  • Select Sync Roster when you are ready, or Cancel if you change your mind.

View or edit student information by hovering over their name in the roster and selecting Edit . Here you will be shown:

  • Email Address 
  • Section Name (if applicable)

Check out our Adding Students and Staff guide for more tips, like editing your roster or how to add sections manually . 

Having issues with your roster sync? See the Troubleshooting section at the end of this page.

Setting up a Gradescope assignment is slightly different depending on whether you're using  LTI 1.0 + API or LTI 1.3  in Blackboard. Click the appropriate tab below to see how to complete this part of the process based on which LTI version you're using.

  • Navigate to your Assignments page in Gradescope. To do that, log in to Blackboard click your course , click Tools (Original) or View course & institution tools (Ultra), click Gradescope , and then click Assignments once Gradescope launches. If you're already in your course in Gradescope, simply click Assignments in the left sidebar.
  • On your Assignments page in Gradescope, click an existing assignment or click Create Assignment to make a new one.
  • If you're updating an existing assignment, you can get to your assignment's settings, questions, outline, etc., from Gradescope's left sidebar. Save your updates when you're finished. If you're creating a new assignment, next you'll choose the assignment type and settings . When you're finished, click Create Assignment .
  • Based on the type of assignment you chose, you'll then be taken to a screen where you can add your assignment questions, create your outline, upload your autograder file, etc. Check out the suite of guides on the Assignment Workflow if you need help.
  • Save your work in Gradescope when you're finished. For student-uploaded assignments, once your release date passes in Gradescope, students will be able to submit work via the Gradescope course link in their Blackboard course under Tools (Original) or View course & institution tools (Ultra).
  • If you're using Blackboard Original, go to your course homepage in Blackboard > click Content (left sidebar) > click Build Content (header bar) > select Gradescope . In Blackboard Ultra, go to your course homepage > click the + button under Course Content > click Content Market > you will see two Gradescope buttons > select Gradescope Assignment . This will launch Gradescope. If the Gradescope Assignment button isn't there in Blackboard Ultra: Contact your Blackboard admin. First, verify with them that you're using LTI 1.3. Then ask them what button you should click in the Content Market to link a Gradescope assignment to Blackboard.
  • When Gradescope launches, you will see a dialog box about assignment-linking. Decide whether you'd like to create a new Gradescope assignment or link to an existing one (if you have any in this course). Then, click the Link Assignment button.
  • If you're updating an existing assignment, you can get to your assignment's settings, questions, outline, etc., from Gradescope's left sidebar. Save your updates when you're finished. If you're creating a new assignment, next you'll choose the assignment type and settings . When you've chosen your settings, click Create Assignment . This will take you to the Content (Original) or Course Content page (Ultra) in Blackboard where you and your students will now see a direct link to this Gradescope assignment.
  • In Blackboard, click the assignment link you just created to go back to Gradescope and add or edit your assignment outline, questions, autograder file, etc. Check out the suite of guides on the Assignment Workflow if you need help.
  • Save your work in Gradescope when you're finished. For student-uploaded assignments, once your release date passes in Gradescope, students will be able to submit work when they access Gradescope via the assignment link you just created or via the Gradescope course link under Tools (Original) or View course & institution tools (Ultra).
  • Launch the Gradescope assignment you'd like to grade. To do that from your Blackboard course homepage, click Tools (Original) or View course & institution tools (Ultra), and then click Gradescope . When Gradescope launches, click your course and then the assignment. Alternatively, if you're using  LTI 1.3  and you created a direct assignment link on your Blackboard Content (Original) or Course Content page (Ultra), you can click that link to be taken directly to the assignment in Gradescope.
  • When your assignment is open, expand Gradescope's left sidebar (if it isn't already), and click Grade Submissions .

Instructor grading submission in Blackboard

Posting grades is slightly different depending on whether you're using  LTI 1.0 + API or LTI 1.3  in Blackboard. Click the appropriate tab below to see how to complete this part of the process based on which LTI version you're using.

  • First, make sure you've synced your roster.
  • Then to post Gradescope grades to Blackboard as an LTI 1.0 + API user, you need to create or have an existing Blackboard assignment or another type of grade column (Original) or gradebook item (Ultra) in your course that you will connect to your Gradescope assignment. Make sure the overall point value listed in Blackboard for this assignment, grade column, or gradebook item matches the overall point value listed in Gradescope for the assignment. Creating Blackboard assignments, grade columns, and gradebook items: If you need help creating an assignment, see Blackboard's Create and Edit Assignments guide for Original and Ultra users. If you need help understanding or creating grade columns (Original) or gradebook items (Ultra), see Blackboard's Grade Columns guide for Original and Ultra users.

Instructor linking to Blackboard

  • If you want students to also see their graded, annotated submissions, question-by-question scores, rubrics, and feedback on Gradescope, click the  Publish Grades button . If you'd like to, click the  Compose Email to Students button at the bottom of the Review Grades page in Gradescope to alert students via email that their grades are now visible. To see what your students will see when they view their grades, check out the article on Using Gradescope with Blackboard as a Student.
  • When the dialog box appears, click Post Grades . These grades will now appear in your gradebook in Blackboard. Keep in mind that posting grades to Blackboard will only post the students' final assignment scores from Gradescope to the corresponding Blackboard grade column or gradebook item. Only grades for fully graded submissions (which have a checkmark in the Graded column on the Review Grades page) will be posted. If you don't see a Post Grades button: Go to your Blackboard course. Click your Gradescope assignment link  there to launch it. Click  Review Grades  (left sidebar in Gradescope). The Post Grades button should be in the footer of the Review Grades page now. If that didn't work, contact [email protected] .

Troubleshooting

I can sync of my roster.

If some members of your course can’t be synced along with the rest of your roster, most likely, these members do not have an email address associated with their account in Blackboard. To fix the issue, either ask the course members or your Blackboard admin to add the email addresses to the accounts in Blackboard. Then re-sync the roster.

I can't sync my roster .

Please contact .

After I unlink a Blackboard course from Gradescope, the initially synced roster even after I link a new course.

Please contact   to have the excess students removed. Alternatively, if there are no assignments within the course, you can delete it and create a new one to link with Gradescope.

I can't   from Gradescope to Blackboard.

 again. If that doesn't work, please contact .

Gradescope doesn’t appear in the embedded window when I use the Safari browser 

To use Gradescope in an embedded window within Blackboard, select from Safari’s settings and then ensure is unchecked. 

Gradescope doesn’t appear in the embedded window when I use Chrome in incognito mode

Third-party cookies may be blocked which will prevent this functionality.

To temporarily enable third party cookies, select the on the right of the URL address bar when you attempt to launch Gradescope LTI. A modal will appear where you can select " and then . This setting will reset when you restart your browser.

To permanently allow third-party cookies, go to .  Select and then . Here you will be able to . This setting will remain unless you return to the settings and disable it.

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Guide to Continuity of Teaching

In an emergency, you may be required to alter your course schedule and teaching method to accommodate for an extended campus shutdown.

Being prepared with a back-up plan for teaching your courses can help keep your class running smoothly during an emergency. Begin your plan by identifying the basic elements you need to meet your instructional objectives and being prepared to add additional materials, activities, and tools if needed during a possible shutdown.

For assistance contact the Center for Distance and Online Learning at (518) 629-7070 or [email protected]  for help, services. and more information.

Pre-Emergency Planning Tips

  • Download your class lists and student contact information from WIReD or Brightspace.
  • At the beginning of the term, send your students a welcome email that includes your contact information or have it available in your Brightspace courses.
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  • Consider having your students participate in an online office hour via Zoom.
  • Have a copy of the syllabus or other course materials available for download via Brightspace, Office 365, or network drive.
  • Have accessible back-up copies of your course materials.
  • Consult with the Center for Distance and Online Learning for training or ideas.
  • Use the Instructor Checklist: My Continuity Plan (PDF) to identify your plan, as well as training and assistance needs in advance.

Tips for establishing communication in all classes

Establishing communication strategies in all classes from the beginning will support continuity in an emergency. Staying connected with students will avoid confusion and stress. Importantly, Title IV requires regular and substantive interaction in online course delivery. Here are some ways to prepare for continuity of communication from the first day of class.

  • Establish frequent and timely communications at the start of class.
  • Set expectations and identify processes for communication with students.
  • Ways to manage communications load: Determine what tool(s) you will use for communications and what would be most efficient. Email may become overwhelming if you receive many individual requests. Consider using a discussion forum in Brightspace such as an Ask the Prof. Or Frequently Asked Questions and consider setting up subscriptions so you and students can be notified via email when someone posts.

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How can i remotely communicate updates, changes and timely news to some or all students about hvcc, the class, their work and grade status.

  • HVCC Email: All faculty, staff, and students at Hudson Valley Community College have email accounts and use Outlook. Email is one of the official communication channels and should be checked frequently by faculty, staff, and students for details on any emergencies and updates related to the disruptions of services at the college.
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  • How to Create Announcements in Brightspace
  • How to Enter Grades on Brightspace

How can I shift my class discussions to asynchronous methods?

  • How to Create Forums and Topics on Brightspace
  • How to Use VoiceThread in Education
  • YuJa Video Platform Tutorials

How can I have a whole class, live, robust discussions during my usual class time?

  • Zoom Tutorials
  • Office 365: Like Google Docs, Office 365 shared documents allow you to work on documents together in real-time for brainstorming, problem-solving, group and teamwork. Commenting features extend the communication between you and your students. All faculty, staff, and students have access to Office 365 through the campus website or directly at https://login.microsoftonline.com/ . 

Continuity of Lectures

Synchronous lectures (live).

What tools are available for me to conduct live lectures with my students on my usual schedule?

Equipment Needed for VoiceThread, Zoom or YuJa

  • A computer, tablet, or mobile device and a good Internet connection
  • Optional: Stylus and touch screen
  • Headset/earbuds with mic (recommended)
  • Web camera (optional if you want students to see you)

Asynchronous Lectures (recorded)

What tools are available for me to shift my lecture content to pre-recorded video?

Equipment Needed for use of YuJa or VoiceThread:

Additional Lecture Resources

What resources are available for me to replace my lectures.

  • Films on Demand, Swank, Alexander Street, and more
  • YouTube or other web-based content
  • Publisher lecture content and online materials
  • Open Educational Resources (OER) lecture content

Continuity of Assessments and Assignments

How can i administer high stakes multiple choice, multiple answer, matching, t/f, and other exams.

  • Brightspace Assessment Tools: The Brightspace test-building tools allow you to create tests that use multiple question types (Multiple Choice, Multiple Answer, T/F, Essay, Short Answer, Matching, Ordering, and more). You can create questions within Brightspace or import test questions from Respondus or Publishers. Also, you can assign point values to each question, set up random sets of questions to produce different individual tests for students, set a test to be timed, and more. The test results are recorded in the Grade book, and some question types allow for automatic grading through Brightspace, while others require the instructor to grade manually. You can also provide students with answer feedback on whether it is immediately available to them or delivered later.
  • Respondus 4.0 Resources
  • Publisher and OER Resources: Publishers often allow you to download Test Bank files from their resource sites that can be imported and used within Brightspace. Or, the publisher/OER provider may have testing tools available for use within their own learning management system environments (McGraw-Hill, Cengage, Pearson, Lumen, etc.). Some publishers provide Word documents that can be converted to Respondus files and uploaded.

How can I administer an essay, presentation, problem-solving, verbal, or project-based exam or assignment?

  • Brightspace Assignment Tool: Students can submit written coursework easily and rubric tools can be attached to the assignment. Students can type within a text submission box to answer assignment questions, or they can attach files of their completed work. They can also import from cloud storage such as Google Drive. You can also attach any instructional files or worksheets you want them to download, complete, and submit by uploading. File submissions can be annotated while grading. Finally, through the grade book, you can see who has submitted work, grade the work, and provide feedback to students. There is an option for group assignments as well.
  • Turnitin Assignment Tool: This is an academic plagiarism detector used by teachers and students to avoid plagiarism and support academic integrity. Submissions run through the plagiarism detection software and originality reports are generated, allowing for learning and discussion opportunities for you and your students. Turnitin is a Brightspace LTI that allows you and your students to authenticate and access the Turnitin website within Brightspace to seamlessly submit assignments. Additional tools to support grading activities are available.
  • Office365 shared documents: Faculty and student documents can be shared in OneDrive and worked on simultaneously. The Office365 Forms app has a quiz template. Class Notebooks can be created to share content or work on projects for submission as a group. All faculty, staff and students have access to Office365 on the HVCC web site.
  • Journals: If interested in journaling, the Brightspace discussion forums can be used as a journal tool. Contact the Center for Distance and Online Learning for more information.
  • VoiceThread: is an interactive collaboration and sharing tool that enables users to add images, documents, and videos, and to which other users can add voice, text, audio file, or video comments. You can assign students to Create a VoiceThread (great for presentations), Comment on a VoiceThread (they watch a VT you assign and comment) or Watch a VoiceThread (which tracks whether students watch the VT or not). Can be graded.
  • Zoom: A web conferencing tool that allows many individuals to join the same meeting in real-time. You can use this to view student projects, assess language skills, view student presentations, and have students demonstrate their knowledge in real-time on video. Features include screen sharing, presentation modes, and the ability to record. Access Zoom inside Brightspace in the content modules through Existing Activities, then External Learning Tools, and choose Zoom.
  • Publisher or OER Assessment Environments: These are useful sources for assessment activities and testing. They provide a variety of assessment options that can be used for written, hands-on, or simulation assignments that assess students’ knowledge and performance. Many of these exist outside of Brightspace so they can be accessed directly. For Publisher resources check with your representative. For OER resources check with the OER Librarian at the Marvin Library.

Rapid Conversion for Continuity of Teaching

The Center for Distance and Online Learning offers training and support and encourages the following:

  • Prepare in advance: Workshops, tutorials and one-on-one appointments are available for faculty with fully online and web-enhanced courses year-round. Online training and support materials are available as well. Training and workshop schedules will be announced and posted on HVCC web site, but feel free to call for additional times and individual consultations.
  • Be ready with media tools so you can quickly switch over in an emergency: Training for YuJa Video Platform, VoiceThread, and other synchronous and asynchronous tools are available year-round. Training and workshop schedules will be announced and posted on HVCC web site, but feel free to call for additional times and individual consultations.
  • If you need to work or train from home due to a school shut-down: Just-in-time training for emergency alternative delivery can be scheduled remotely as needed. Existing training and support materials are available on the Distance and Online Learning Support Knowledge Base . Online training courses are available online and you can be added at any time.

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Turnitin Similarity Reports in Blackboard Assignments

It is possible to enable Turnitin similarity reports when using a Blackboard Assignment submission point.

This can be done in the assignment settings when you are creating or editing your assignment. For full instructions of see our guide Create an Assignment .

Enable Turnitin

  • Marker view of similarity report
  • Student view of similarity report

In the Assignment Settings panel scroll down to Originality Report “Enable Turnitin”.

Please note : Currently this function is not available when Groups have been assigned to the Assignment.

screenshot of Bb Assignment panel with  the Originality Report option highlighted.

  • Step One – Enable Turnitin
  • Step Two – Set similarity report preferences
  • Step Three – Save

Once you have clicked enable Turnitin in the settings panel the Originality Report panel will open on the right-hand side of the screen. When the Originality Report set up panel opens:

  • (a) Toggle the Enable Turnitin switch to on, the toggle button with turn green.
  • (b) Check the “Allow student to view Turnitin originality report for their attempts” (not related to number of submission attempts allowed)

Screenshot of the originality report set up panel. (a) switch on turnitin (b) allow students to view report

Enabling Turnitin will initiate the Turnitin LTI to load.

When the Turnitin LTI has loaded and the similarity report options appear complete the options to your preference.

Screenshot of Turnitin settings including what to compare against, and what to exclude i.e. bibliographic materials.

When you are happy with with preferences click Save.

Once you have saved the preferences a success message will appear and you can “return to settings”.

Screenshot of success message.

Save the rest of your assignment settings and exit.

Markers’ view of similarity report

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Click on the button to view the report. Turnitin will open in a new window to show the report.

Screenshot of marking page with Match button highlighted.

The integration with Blackboard Assignment and Turnitin uses the new similarity report experience . Please see the Turnitin support pages on the New Similarity Report Experience for more details.

Students’ view of similarity report

If you have set the assignment settings to allow students to view the similarity report they will be able to see it via their submitted work.

Students see the report as a list of sources, they can exclude text related to specific sources to see how the removal of that text will affect their score.

Screenshot of submitted paper page with similarity report button

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Assignment Grade Settings

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About the Grading section

On the Create Assignment page, the Grading section is organized into three groups:

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  • Submission Details : Select general settings, such as who the assignment is for and how many times students can submit it.
  • Grading Options : Set up anonymous and delegated grading.
  • Display of Grades : Select Grade Center column settings such as whether or not to show the grade to students.

1. Submission Details

Select options about the student submissions:

Assignment Type : Select individual, group, or portfolio. You can require a portfolio as the assignment submission.

More on assigned portfolios

Number of Attempts : Allow single, multiple, or unlimited attempts. If you select more than one attempt, you can also decide which attempt to use in the Grade Center.

More on multiple assignment attempts

Plagiarism Tools : If your institution has enabled the SafeAssign service, select the plagiarism tool options you want to use. If SafeAssign isn't available, these options don't appear.

More on SafeAssign

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2. Grading Options

You can choose to grade assignments anonymously and assign other graders to help you with your grading tasks.

Enable Anonymous Grading

You can enable anonymous grading to eliminate grading bias for high-stake assignments. You can hide student names during grading, making them anonymous. You aren't unduly influenced by a student's previous performance, class participation, conflicts, race, gender, or perceived student aptitude. This practice can also contribute to the student-instructor relationship because students are assured that grading was unbiased.

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After you select the Enable Anonymous Grading check box, choose when you want to automatically remove students' anonymity:

  • On specific date : Provide the date you want to disable anonymous grading. The system automatically begins removing anonymity before the end of that date.
  • After all submissions are graded : Provide a due date. After students submit attempts, the due date passes, and you've graded the attempts, student anonymity is disabled.

To manually disable anonymous grading, clear the Enable Anonymous Grading check box.

More on anonymous grading

Enable Delegated Grading

Grading and feedback from more than one grader promote reliability, improve consistency, and remove bias. You can assign specific users in your course to grade particular sets of student assignment submissions. For large classes, you can divide up the grading tasks among teaching assistants and other graders.

On the Create Assignment page, choose the graders and final graders to help with grading tasks.

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  • In the Grading Options section, after you select the check box for Enable Delegated Grading , you can view a list of potential graders and final graders. Use the Show menu to filter the list.
  • All Submissions
  • Random Set : Grade a random set of the selected number of students. If you assign multiple graders to grade a random set, students are distributed evenly before any student is included in multiple random sets.
  • Groups : Grade all students who are members of the selected course groups.
  • All instructors in a course can see what other graders are assigned. If you want other roles to also view scores, feedback, and private notes added by others, select the check box in the View Settings column. Students do not see the private notes anyone adds.
  • In the Reconcile Grades column, choose who can determine the final grade and feedback for each student. All instructors can reconcile grades. Instructors can allow teaching assistants and graders to reconcile grades. Users who reconcile grades are also called final graders .

To help with the accuracy and consistency of grading, ask all delegated graders to use a rubric when they provide grades .

More on delegated grading

Watch a video about anonymous and delegated grading

The following narrated video provides a visual and auditory representation of some of the information included on this page. For a detailed description of what is portrayed in the video, open the video on YouTube , navigate to More actions , and select Open transcript .


Video: Enable Anonymous and Delegated Grading on an Assignment explains how to use these features when you create an assignment.

3. Display of Grades

Choose how grades will appear in the Grade Center and to students in My Grades . Only your Primary selection appears to students.

You can also choose to include the assignment score in grading calculations.

Based on the assignment requirements, you can choose not to show the grade and statistical information to students in My Grades .

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