Instructors can view student-submitted files “inline,” i.e. in the web browser, without requiring any plug-ins, applets, or client-side applications. Additionally, annotations tools are available as part of the inline viewer, enabling Instructors to provide feedback – comments, highlights, and even drawing/annotation – directly on the inline view of the document.
- There are no changes to the workflow for submitting assignments, with the exception for one minor UI change to the field where a user would enter an assignment response via the content editor (as opposed to uploading a file). All of the changes are focused on the Grade Assignment page.
- The only requirements are the Course Delivery module and a modern browser.
- When a student views their submitted attempt they see the converted document in an inline viewer (as well as any annotations the instructor may have added). The student cannot edit instructor annotations or add their own annotations.
- Inline Assignment Grading can convert, display, and annotate Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and PDF file formats. This accounts for well over 95% of submissions to Blackboard Learn Assignments. File formats that cannot be converted are presented for download, as in the past.
- The conversion retains most formatting for supported file types. There may be some very complex page layouts that don’t render perfectly, but those are uncommon exceptions.
How do I do it?
- Access your assignments via the grade center through the Assignments or Needs Grading Smart View that drops down when you click Grade Center in your Control Panel.
- Go to the column for the assignment and use the contextual menu in the cell where you wish to start grading and select the attempt you wish to grade.
- Add comments, highlights, drawings to annotate as needed and enter the grade then click submit.