When you returned for the spring semester, you may have noticed that the way Blackboard does inline grading has changed. Blackboard’s tool for implementing inline grading was called Crocodoc. The company that owned Crocodoc decided to stop supporting it and gave it an end-of-life date of January 15, 2018. The good news is that Box Inc., the company that owned Crocodoc had another tool called Box View that does essentially the same thing.
As a result, Blackboard updated its inline grading capability to leverage the new Box View software. Box view offers several improvements over Crocodoc, including improved rendering fidelity (cleaner looking image) and expanded support for new file types. There are some changes that may affect how your grading workflow happens, so what should you expect? We’ve highlighted some important changes. Check out the comparison table below for specifics.
Crocodoc Box and Box View Comparison
|Function & Details||Crocodoc||Box View|
|File types for conversion||PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS, XLSX, DOC, and DOCX||Over 100 different file types, including video, audio, image, and programming code|
|File types for annotation||PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS, XLSX, DOC, and DOCX||PDF, PPT, PPTX, DOC, and DOCX
Box View also supports only point-based annotations on these file formats: AI, BMP, DCM, EPS, GIF, PNG, PS, PSD, SVS, TGA, TIF, and TIFF
|Videos & Images displayed||No||Yes|
|Annotations||Text- and point-based comments, highlighting, and drawing||Point-based comments and highlighting|
|Download||You could 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|
|Students||Can’t add annotations to documents||Can’t add annotations to documents|
Note the addition of almost 100 new file types that are supported as well as the ability to display images and videos within the inline grading interface.
One change that may affect some faculty is the inability to download a copy of the student file with annotations. A workaround for this scenario is to use MS Word instead of Box View and track changes. Then, you can just upload the annotated document via the grading interface via a file attachment.
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