Blackboard assignments can be used for group assignments or where a single assessment requires large or multiple files to be submitted. In most cases where an essay or report forms the assessment, Turnitin should be used.
The Blackboard Assignments tool allows students to upload documents to the system, which can then be marked online. Additional features of the Assignments tool include:
The built in Blackboard course template contains an Assessment page which you can use to add your assignments to.
If students have not used this tool before, it is a good idea to provide at least one formative assignment so that students can run through the whole process before any summative assessment. This provides the opportunity to troubleshoot any issues that may occur, and build confidence in using the system.
Advise students to check the submission receipt that is automatically emailed to them as proof of submission. If the file size is listed as 0kb, this means that an empty file has been submitted. If this occurs, an additional submission must be made. A further way to check if a submission has been successful is for the student to return to the assessment by clicking on the assignment link. This will show the full online version of the file that has been submitted. If students only see a blank page, the upload was not complete and the assessment must be resubmitted.