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Creating Assignments

Assignments allow you to create coursework and manage the grades and feedback for each student. In an assignment, you can include a description, point value, and file attachments. You can create assignments in several courses areas, such as in a Content Area or in a Learning Module, Lesson Plan, or folder. Students access the assignment, type a submission, attach files, and submit it. You can respond to each student separately with comments and attached files.

  1. Make sure that Edit Mode is ON, and click an existing Content Area (Course Information, Assignments, a specific unit, learning module, or other container) from the Course Menu on the left.
  2. Mouse over Assessments on the action bar and select Assignment.

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  1. On the Create Assignment page, type the assignment's Name and instructions for the assignment in the Content Editor box.
  2. Click Browse My Computer to attach a file from your computer.  If you previously uploaded a file to your Content Collection that you would like to use, you should click Browse Content Collection instead.  You'll also have the ability to repeat this step as necessary to upload additional files.
  3. If you wish to allow late submissions, you can specify a Due Date; otherwise you can leave this area blank.

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  1. In the Grading section, enter the Points Possible for the assignment. Optionally, you may use a rubric by selecting Add Rubric to access the drop-down list. Rubrics are a way to create criteria for evaluating student performance on assignments.  If you want more information on how to use rubrics within WebCampus, please visit the Blackboard Help page on the topic here.
  2. Also found in the Grading Section: Submission Details, Grading Options, and Display of Grades.

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  1. Also in the Grading section, under Grading Options, you can enable Anonymous Grading and Delegated Grading. The Anonymous Grading function hides student identifying information while an attempt is being graded, and replaces this information with a unique identifier. Delegated Grading allows you to delegate grading tasks to other users, such as a teaching assistant or co-instructor. If this function is enabled, the grades must be reconciled (by you or another delegated user) before the final grades will be posted in the Grade Center. Detailed instructions for using the Delegated Grading functionality can be found on Blackboard's website by clicking here.
  2. In the Availability section, you can set the assignment as available to students by checking the box next to Make the Assignment Available.
  3. Also in the Availability section, you can set the Number of Attempts to complete the assignment.  We recommend that you choose to Allow unlimited attempts or specify a number of attempts greater than 1, as students may accidentally submit their assignment with the incorrect materials (e.g., wrong or missing file attachment).
  4. Specify the Limit Availability settings: Display After setting (i.e., date and time when you will begin accepting submissions) and Display Until setting (i.e., date and time the assignment is due).  If you wish to allow late submissions, you can specify a Due Date; otherwise you can leave this area blank.

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  1. Click Submit to save the assignment. 
  2. Be sure to click Go To Student PreviewStudent Preview.jpg ) to see what the assignment looks like from that perspective (you will want to change your Display After date temporarily so that you can see it!).  When you are finished, click Exit PreviewExit Preview.jpg ) and remember to reset your Display After date as needed.

Video Demonstrations

Creating Assignments

Deploying Group Assignments

Downloading Assignments