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Upcoming Changes to Inline Grading of Assignments in Blackboard

Friday, November 10, 2017 - 09:30

The provider Blackboard uses to support Inline Grading is discontinuing the current Inline Grading tool for Assignments in Blackboard. This tool currently allows instructors to add comments and markup to a student’s uploaded document. Blackboard is updating the Inline Grading feature, which will change the functionality of Inline Grading of Assignments.

The Crocodoc API for Inline Grading will be discontinued on January 15, 2018, and Blackboard is replacing it with the New Box View API by Box Inc. We will be working with Blackboard to transition Inline Grading to the New Box View over Winter Break. Below you will find some answers to general questions, which we hope will help instructors prepare for this change.


What functionality changes can I expect?

You will notice some changes between Crocodoc and New Box View when grading Assignments:

Functions and Details Crocodoc (Current Inline Grading) New Box View (New Inline Grading)
File types for viewing and annotations PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS, XLSX, DOC and DOCX Over 100 different file types for viewing; PDF, PPT, PPTX, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, and PNG for annotations

File Types and Fonts Supported in Box Content Preview

Videos and images displayed No Yes
Annotation types Text- and point-based comments, highlighting and drawing Point-based comments and highlighting
Download You can download a copy of a student file with the option to download in the original format or in a PDF version that includes the annotations You can download a copy of a student file, but annotations won’t appear
Print function No Yes (does not include annotations)

Source: https://help.blackboard.com/Learn/Instructor/Assignments/Grade_Assignments/Crocodoc_to_New_Box_View

Most notably, the New Box View for Inline Grading will not support the drawing tool and will no longer allow copies of annotated student files to be downloaded. Concerns regarding the loss of this functionality have already been shared with Blackboard and Box Inc., and they are exploring possibilities for restoring this functionality in the future.


What does the New Box View for Inline Grading look like? 

Below is a side-by-side comparison of Crocodoc Inline Grading and New Box View Inline Grading in a Blackboard course. There are some slight differences in the look of the interface:

Comparision of Crocodoc Inline Grading Interface to New Box View Inline Grading Interface

Source: https://help.blackboard.com/Learn/Instructor/Assignments/Grade_Assignments/Crocodoc_to_New_Box_View


What will happen to Assignments that I previously graded using Crocodoc Inline Grading?

Annotations that were previously entered on Assignments in Blackboard using Crocodoc will be saved, and instructors and students will continue to be able to view the annotations in Blackboard. During the migration process to New Box View, the annotations will be “burned” into a PDF to allow for future viewing, but instructors will not be able to edit or remove existing Crocodoc annotations in New Box View.


When will this change take place?

KU IT is working with campus stakeholders to determine the best time to make the transition over Winter Break. When a date has been determined, we will notify instructors and staff via email and other communication channels.


If you have any additional questions or concerns regarding this change, please contact KU IT Educational Technology at 785-864-2600 or itedtech@ku.edu, or visit us in Budig 4 on the Lawrence campus. On Edwards Campus, contact us at 913-897-8719 or kuec_edtech@ku.edu, or visit us in RC 120C.



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