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Inline Assignment Grading

Inline Assignment Grading provides a way to grade assignments within your Blackboard course. Instead of needing to download student files for viewing, instructors are able to view these files “inline,” i.e. in the Web browser, without the need for a plug-ins or additional software. Due to recent changes to Inline Grading in Blackboard, over 100 different file types are now supported for viewing via Inline Grading. You can find more information on the supported file types at File Types and Fonts Supported in Box Content Preview » .

Selected file types that have been uploaded and displayed in the inline viewer can be annotated directly within the browser. Currently, document types that can be annotated include Word (.doc, .docx), PowerPoint (.ppt, . pptx), PDF (.pdf), and image files (.jpeg, .png). Excel files are no longer supported for inline annotations. The tools available for annotation are: Point-based Comment, Draw Annotation, and Highlight. In a previous version of the tool, instructors did have the ability to make Strikeout comments, but this functionality is no longer supported.

The Inline Assignment Grading tool also includes a column on the right of the display with access to assignment details, previous attempts, the grade, rubrics, grading notes and grader feedback.

To learn more, select from the following:

Video - Inline Grading in the Original Course View (Blackboard)

Access Inline Assignment Grading

  1. Locate the appropriate assignment’s column in the Full Grade Center in Blackboard.
  2. Select the button to the right in the student’s score cell. The button won’t appear until your mouse pointer is in the cell.
  3. Select the attempt that needs to be graded.
  4. The submitted assignment file will be displayed in the viewer on the left of the screen.
  5. To exit this screen, select the Exit button near the top of the Blackboard screen, on the right, to return to the Grade Center.

Annotate and Grade an Assignment

  1. Access the assignment using the steps, listed above.
  2. At the top of the panel, select Point annotation mode (speech bubble icon) to click and type comments in any place on the document. 
  3. To add drawing annotations, select Draw annotation mode (pencil icon) at the top of the panel. Click and drag your cursor to draw on the document. In the pop-up that appears, click Save to save your drawing or click Delete to remove the drawing. Click Done to exit Draw annotation mode.
  4. You can also highlight text by pointing and dragging your cursor to highlight text, then selecting the Highlight text button. Select the Add comment to highlighted text button to add a comment to a highlighted area.
  5. All annotations will be saved by Blackboard automatically. NOTE: The student will not be able to see any annotations until a grade is entered for this assignment.
  6. Enter the grade and/or any comments in the sidebar on the right.
  7. Select the Submit button or Save as Draft button before leaving this page.
  8. Select the Exit button near the top of the Blackboard screen, on the right, to return to the Grade Center.

NOTE: To view the comment annotations the student must open the graded assignment and mouse over the speech bubble icon or the highlighted text. When returning to an annotated document the instructor must also mouse over these items to see the added comments.

Downloading Assignment Documents:

In a previous version of the Inline Grading tool, instructors and students had the ability to download a copy of the document with the instructor's annotations as a PDF. Due to recent changes to Inline Grading, this functionality is no longer supported. Only the student's originally submitted document can be downloaded, not the annotations. 

If you would like to provide students with an annotated document that they can download and view, one option is to download student submissions and mark them up using the Track Changes feature in Word. You can find more information about how to use this feature at Microsoft Word Support: Track Changes ». Annotated documents could then be attached and shared with students via the Feedback to Learner field in Inline Grading.

Additional Resources from Blackboard:

For more information visit Blackboard's Assignment Inline Grading ».

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