Give Online Assignments in Blackboard

Part of the Blackboard For Dummies Cheat Sheet

As an instructor using Blackboard, you'll probably want to post an assignment for learners to turn in (and for you to collect and grade) online. Here’s how:

  1. From the Control Panel, select the Content Area link where you want to post the assignment.

    You can simply select the Assignments area in which to place your assignment. If your institution has customized the default menu so that it doesn’t have an Assignments link, choose the most appropriate Content Area for your assignment.

  2. From the drop-down menu on the right side of the Add bar atop the page, select Assignment and click the Go button.

    Although the Add Assignment screen has several sections, for our purposes in this quick-start guide, we focus on only three specific actions: Name the assignment, give it a point value, and add instructions

    Name your assignment, give it a point value, and fill in instructions.
    Name your assignment, give it a point value, and fill in instructions.
  3. Type the title of the assignment in the Name text box.

  4. In the Points Possible text box, type — you guessed it! — the maximum number of points a learner can earn on this assignment.

  5. In the Instructions text box, type (or copy and paste, if the instructions are in another document) the instructions you want learners to see.

    If the directions for learners are already beautifully displayed in a document (a word processing document or a .pdf file, for example) saved to your computer, continue to Steps 6 and 7. Otherwise, skip to Step 8.

  6. Click the Browse button to find the saved assignment document on your computer, select the document, and click Open.

  7. In the Name of Link to File text field, enter whatever you want the link to the assignment instructions to say.

    Type whatever you want learners to see as a link to the document; for example, Click here to see the homework assignment.

  8. Click the Submit button.

    Good job! You gave an online assignment that you can now collect through Blackboard. You know that you’re all-powerful when you see the receipt page.

Now that you’re on a roll, click OK to return to the Control Panel so that you can set up your Gradebook.

The assignment you just posted now appears as a column title in your Gradebook. Yes, it’s that easy.

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