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Updates to Inline Assignment Grading in Blackboard

Monday, April 30, 2018


In January 2018, Blackboard switched to New Box View as the provider for inline assignment grading in Blackboard, as the previously used tool, Crocodoc, had been discontinued. With this switch there was a loss in functionality within inline assignment grading. Recently, New Box View has introduced two new features to improve the functionality of inline assignment grading in Blackboard - drawing annotations and "sticky" point annotation mode.


Drawing Annotations

Instructors and GTAs now have the ability to add drawing annotations to documents when grading assignments inline. Click on the pencil icon to enter drawing mode, then click and drag to draw directly on the assignment submission. Click Save to save your drawing or Delete if you would like to redo the drawing. Once you exit drawing annotation mode, you can delete a drawing by clicking on it and selecting Delete. Please note that black is currently the only color available for drawing annotations. 

This video demonstrates how to make drawing annotations in New Box View. First, you click on the drawing icon and then you can click and drag to make your drawing annotations. You can click the "Done" button to exit drawing annotation mode. If you need to delete an annotation, you can select an annotation and select the "Delete" button.


Sticky Point Annotation Mode

Instructors now have the ability to make multiple point-based annotations in sequence without having to reselect the annotation mode from the New Box View navigation bar. Previously, instructors had to select the annotation mode from the navigation bar each time they wanted to make a comment. 

Video demonstrating sticky annotation mode. Once an instructor clicks on the comment bubble to enter point annotation mode they can click to make as many point-based annotations as they would like. Instructors can click the "Close" button to exit point annotation mode.

For more information on entering a comment with the "point annotation" feature, please visit https://blackboard.ku.edu/inline-assignment-grading and select "Annotate and Grade an Assignment".


If you have any additional questions about inline assignment grading, please contact the KU IT Educational Technologists at 785-864-2600 or itedtech@ku.edu or visit us in Budig 4 on the Lawrence campus. On the Edwards campus, contact us at 913-897-8719 or kuec_edtech@ku.edu, or visit us in RC 120C.

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