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Creating an Assignment in Blackboard Ultra

This resource shows you how to create an assignment for individual submissions. For group assignments, refer to Creating Group Assignments.

To create an assignment:

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  • In the Assignment Settings panel, change the settings as you require. This Blackboard resource on assignment settings will describe each option.

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When to use a Blackboard Ultra assignment

You can use a blackboard ultra assignment when:.

  • Your students are submitting individually or as a group;
  • Your students are submitting single or multiple files;
  • Your students are submitting any type of file, including large files, and video and audio files;
  • You want to upload an external file as part of your feedback to your students, or to give video feedback.

You cannot use a Blackboard Ultra assignment if:

  • It is imperative that your students' work is checked for originality;
  • It is imperative that you mark your students' work anonymously*.

*While Blackboard Ultra assignments do allow the option to hide student names during marking, this is not recommended because a permanent paper ID is not generated, which means that it is not possible to keep a record of which pieces of work were internally moderated. Additionally, it is not possible to de-anonymise individual submissions where academic misconduct is suspected. For these reasons, anonymous marking is only recommended when using Turnitin assignments .

This guide explains how to set up a Blackboard Assignment. It covers all the recommended settings and steps to ensure the assignment runs smoothly for both staff and students throughout the submission and grading electronically process.

To help your students understand the process, please add a link to the student guide in your Ultra course: Submitting a Blackboard Assignment - Student guide.

Select the Assessment and submission  folder.

Select Create .

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Select the  Assignment item from the Assessment  submenu.

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Enter the Assignment name based on the Assessment ID and description listed in your module specifications.

Add a summary of the assessment and upload any additional files students may require to complete the assignment.

Select Settings .

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Select and modify the  Due Date  and  Time .

Prohibit Past Due Date   submissions, if appropriate.

In the Mark Category section, ensure the category is set to Assignment .

Select and modify  Attempts allowed .

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Select  Mark Using  and choose UG or PG Letter, Points or Percentages.

Select  Maximum points  and set to 100.

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Select  Add marking rubric  to use an existing rubric or create a new rubric. 

Select  Description  and enter an optional description of the assessment. 

Select  Save .

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Select  Hidden from students  to change the availability of the assessment. 

Select  Close  to return to the Course Content screen.

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Your Blackboard Ultra  Assignment  is now set up.

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Creating an Assignment

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Assessments allow you to build virtual assessments for students. They are very customizable with many question types and test settings to choose from.

Tests vs Assignments

Tests and assignments are both considered Assessments. The process of building them are the same. They differ in their settings and the types of questions used. The settings available to you will change depending on the questions you add.

In the following instructions, you will learn how to create Assignments.

Creating an Assessment

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Select  Create  from the drop-down menu. The  Create Item  panel is displayed.

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Select the title to name your Assessment. Select the  text box  to enter instructions.  Note:  You can add pictures, attach files, hyperlink to other resources, etc.

Select Hidden from students  to change the visibility settings. For more information, see the  Changing Item Visibility and Setting Release Conditions  article. 

Select  Save . Note:  By default students are able to submit documents using  Students can add text, images, and files here text box . No questions are required.

Optional:  Add questions using the  plus icon (+) . Choosing to add questions to an assignment has some implications:

  • Rubrics cannot be added.
  • Anonymous Grading cannot be used.
  • Peer evaluation settings cannot be used.
  • The total mark is set based on questions.

Assignment Settings

Select the Assessment.

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Select any or multiple of the following options:

Prohibit late submissions:  Late attempts are not accepted. Attempts in progress will be submitted automatically at due date and time.

Prohibit new attempts after due date:  Students cannot start new attempts once due date and time has passed.

Allow classroom conversations:  Allows students to collaborate and with each other. For more information, see Using Class Conversations

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Select Grade category , Attempts allowed , and Grade using to change grading and submission settings. For more information about grade categories, see  Using Gradebook Categories  

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Hide students names:  Submissions will not be attached to student names

2 graders per student:  If your course has non-student graders enrolled, you can assign the graders to mark assignments.

Peer review : Allow students to evaluate each other's work.

Note:  You cannot use  Peer review and  Prohibit late submissions  at the same time.

Post assessment grades automatically:  This will post grades as soon as they have been marked. Without this feature turned on, assignments graded are saved in a draft format. You can manually release grades individually or as a whole.

Navigate to the  Additional Tools  section.

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Select  Save . Assignment Settings are saved. 

Other Assignment Options

There are a variety of other assignment options. Many will not apply, as they are relevant for tests.

Assessment Results:  These are not available unless you add questions.

Access Code:  Generates a code that is required for students to access the assignment.

Time Limit:  A max amount of time students can submit the assessment for.

Goals & Standards:  This feature is not supported by Seneca's implementation of Blackboard Ultra.

Editing an Existing Assessment

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This short video covers creating an assignment and takes a quick look at assignment settings. 

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If you need additional support visit:  Blackboard Ultra Request for Support .

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An Assignment is Blackboard’s facility for electronic submission of a file or files. Blackboard’s Assignment tool can be used to add assignments to any content area in your module. You can add a file or document with instructions.  Students can access the assignment next to the content they need.  Alternatively create a Folder specifically for your assignments.  You can also create a group assignment and release it to one or more groups in your course. When you create an assignment, a Gradebook item is created automatically to retrieve completed assignments from students, and grade these assignments.

Accommodations

You can set accommodations for students and make them exempt from certain course requirements, such as assignment due dates and time limits. To select accommodations, go to the Class Register from the Details & Actions panel. This will display all students in the module. Click on the ellipses (three dots) next to a student and select Accommodations. From here, you can now decide what accommodations you’d like to apply to that student.

Create the Assignment

On the  Module Content page, select the Plus icon wherever you want to add an assignment. In the menu, select Create   to open the  Create Item  panel and select  Assignment . The  New Assignment page opens. If you prefer, you can also expand or create a folder and add an assignment within that space.

New Assignment page

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Build assignment content Y ou will see a message “Use this space to build your assignment”

Options for adding assignment information

Note:   A list of Test question types will appear on the Add Content menu.  These can be ignored for a normal assignment, you do not need to add question types such as a essay question to an assignment for students to submit their work.

Accepted File Formats Blackboard assignments have many accepted file formats .  To use inline grading with Bb Annotate in the Blackboard Gradebook submissions will need to be in a supported file format (includes PDF and MS Word and PowerPoint).  If you intend to use annotated marking you may wish to clarify in the assignment information the file type required.

Visibility options

Apply assignment settings

Assignment Settings

Provide a due date . Due dates appear on the calendar and in the activity stream. Late submissions appear with a  Late label in the course Gradebook.

Collect submissions offline . You may want to grade student work that doesn’t require students to upload a submission. For example, you can add grades to your Gradebook for oral presentations, science fair projects, acting performances, and artwork delivered in person. By checking the Collect Submissions Offline box, this prevents students from uploading any content.

Determine the Number of Attempts . You can let your students submit more than one attempt at an assignment. When you  allow multiple attempts , you can also choose how the final grade is calculated.

Select the Marking schema. The default is to mark via Points, but you can also mark as a Percentage or even apply different schemas.  You can change the grading schema at any time and the change will show to students and in your Gradebook.

Other options

Anonymous marking . When you create an assignment without questions, you can enable anonymous grading so student names are hidden while you grade. You may only add text and files to anonymously graded assignments.

Under evaluation options you can enable delegated marking (sometimes referred to as Parallel Marking) by clicking the Two markers per student option. This allows you to allocate both markers and reconcilers to an assignment. Markers grade the work initially, Reconcilers decide on the final grade and feedback. Alternatively, you can enable Peer review to allow students to mark each others work.

Marking rubric . Rubrics can help you evaluate student submissions based on key criteria that you define. You can  create a new rubric  or  associate an existing rubric . A rubric is a scoring tool that you can use to evaluate graded work. At this time, you can only add a rubric to as assignment without questions.

If you have changed any settings,  click Save at the end of the settings panel.

When finished building the assignment, close down the Assignment panel by clicking the purple x in the top left hand corner.  The assignment will be saved and can always be viewed in the Module Content area by module instructors.

How students upload work to assignments

Once you have created a new assignment, learners are given two options to upload their completed assessments:

This allows learners to upload a previously created file (such as a word-processed document) through the paper clip icon.  This is particularly useful if the document type includes content that cannot be easily copied and pasted.

Attach file to asssignment

** There are also other options available within this section where students can upload a series of other content types and links (Maths, Image, Media, YouTube Video, Cloud Storage & LTI Image

This allows learners to simply type/input their completed work using the text editor provided, this can include copying and pasting from a previously completed document.

Add content to text editor

* If a copy and paste option is used, learners should check their work after the paste operation has completed to ensure that all embedded content (such as images) and formatting has copied across correctly

Further guidance on Creating and Editing Assignments.

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After you've created your modules or folders, you're ready to start creating assignments.

1. On the Course Content page, select the "plus sign" wherever you want to add an assignment. 

2. Select Create to open the Create Item panel. 

3. Select Assessment.

4. Select Assignment .  

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New Assignment Page

1. Add Assignment Title . The title appears as a link students select to view the materials.

2. Show or hide the assignment.

3.  Apply assignment settings. Select the settings icon to open a panel where you provide assignment details. See next section.

4. Add text, files, and questions to Assignments

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Assignment Details Settings

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Details and Information

a. Due date .  Due dates appear on the calendar and in the activity stream. 

b . Prohibit late submissions . In progress, submissions will be submitted automatically. 

c, Probhibit new attempts after the due date . Students can not submit after the due date.

d. Allow class conversations.   You can allow conversations within an assignment for asking questions about an assignment. The conversation appears only with the relevant assignment.  More on Enable Conversations

e. Display one question at a time . Focus on one question at a time rather than seeing all questions.

f. Randomize questions and answers .  You can use one or both settings, so assignments appear differently for each student.

g. Collect submissions offline . You can add grades to your grade book for oral presentations and other projects delivered in person.

Grading and Submissions

g. Grade category .  You can use custom categories for grouping assignments

i. Attempts allowed .  You can choose how the final grade is calculated when you allow multiple attempts.

j. G rading Using .  Select an existing grading schema such as Points, Percentage, or Letter.

k.  Maximum Points . Enter maximum points for the assignment.

l . Anonymous grading .  For assignments without questions, student names are hidden while you grade. 

m.   Evaluation Options . If you want to use two graders per student and peer review.  The system randomly assigned graders.

n. Assessment grade .  Click to choose post grade automatically. 

Assessment Results

o. Submission View . Choose options when you want students to view their submissions: after due dates, after all grades are posted, individual grades are posted, or on a specific date. 

p. Automated Question Feedback .

q. Question Scores.

r . Correct Answers.  Select the Show correct answers checkbox to allow students to see the correct answers to questions after submitting. 

Assessment Security

s. Access code .  Use an access code to start the assignment.  The code is automatically generated and can not be customized.

Additional Tools

t.  Time limit. The assignment is submitted automatically when time is up, or you can allow students to work past the time limit. 

u.  Use grading rubric .  Use an existing rubric or create a new rubric.

v. Goals and standards . The college can use goals to measure students across programs. 

w. Assigned Groups.   You can create a group assignment.  See a separate handout for more details. 

x. Originality Report.  Check this box to enable the SafeAssign originality report. 

y. D escription .  You can add an additional description that appears with the assignment title on the Course Content page.

Add Text, files, and questions to assignments 

1.. Select the " plus sign " to open the menu to add questions, text, or a file

2. Add text blocks for instructions or images.  You can also paste text from a Word document. 

3. Add files . Select Add a local file to browse for a file on your computer. 

4. Add file from Cloud Storage .  The OneDrive files you add are copies.  If you make changes to the file in OneDrive, you need to upload a new copy in your course.

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Edit, Move or Delete Assignments

  • Click on the Move icon and drag the item to a new location.  You can also move an assignment into a folder. 
  • Open the menu in an assignment's row to select the Edit and Delete functions. 

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