Your instructor may require you from time to time to use Blackboard to submit something for a grade. This could be an essay, a term paper, a small multimedia file, something that you've created or written as part of your coursework. Submitting an assignment to Blackboard is actually a three-step process. First, you have to find the assignment within your Blackboard course. Second, you have to carefully read and follow all of the assignment's instructions. And third, you have to get your content in the Blackboard and submit it to your instructor for a grade.
Let's say that our instructor told us in class that we have to submit an assignment, a paper on mobile learning. So how do we actually locate that assignment in our Blackboard course? Instructors can place assignments anywhere. Most of the time your instructor will tell you where in the course an assignment is located. The instructor usually does this in class, in an email message, in an announcement, or even in the course syllabus. Sometimes instructors also put links to assignments in an Assignment folder on the Course menu. And sometimes they don't.
In fact, in this case our instructor didn't create an Assignments folder, so we're going to have to browse through the course and look for our assignment. Just as with course content, the easiest way to find an assignment within your Blackboard course is to click the links on the Course menu. I'm going to click on Content. I'm going to click on my Week 1 folder, scroll down a little bit, we know we're looking for the Mobile Learning Paper, and there it is. So we were able to find it. If you can't find what you're looking for on the Course menu, remember that you can always click on the Folder View icon.
If I click on Folder View and then click on Expand All, it actually shows me everything that's within my course and I am looking for my Mobile Learning Paper, and there it is. So if you can't find what you're looking for by browsing through the Course menu, you can actually go into this giant Folder View. I am going to go back to List View though. By the way, if you still cannot find your assignment, contact your instructor and keep in mind that your instructor has the ability to hide an assignment from you after the due date to keep you from submitting late work.
But in this case we found our assignment. That's step 1. Step number 2 is to carefully read the assignment's instructions and to do that, I am actually going to open up the assignment. I am going to scroll down and in the Assignment Information it gives me the assignment name. It gives me any instructions, and notice that I've got three things I've got to have in my paper, and it also says my paper has to be written in APA format and see attached. In this case it looks like the instructor has given us a template we need to download.
To do that just click on the file's hyperlink and it will say what do you want to do, and I can open it or save it. I am going to save it to my computer. The final step is to get your content in the Blackboard and submit it to your instructor for a grade. Now, let me minimize Blackboard for just a minute. I want you to notice that I actually have a paper on my desktop. I actually downloaded the template that the instructor gave me and I've written my paper and I'm now ready to submit it to Blackboard. So I am going to get back into Blackboard and I am going to scroll down here. Now, I want you to notice that there is a Submission textbox and you may be tempted to type or even cut and paste your content here.
Don't do that unless your instructor specifically told you to put your answers here. Most instructors prefer that you leave the Submission box empty and instead attach a file. So I am actually going to scroll down and I am going to Browse My Computer and attach a file. I'll click on Browse My Computer, go to my Desktop, I've got my crispen_paper1, click on OK, and I've now attached it. Some things to remember. Your filenames cannot have any special characters in them.
If you have to hit the Ctrl or Alt keys to produce a particular character or letter in the filename, that most likely it isn't going to work online. Short filenames are always better than long filenames. And if you've got a Mac, remember that you need to put the file extension for the file so that your instructor who may be running a PC can open it. So if you actually have a Microsoft Word document, remember to put the .doc or .docx at the end of the filename before you upload it to Blackboard. And don't try to upload a big file.
Most institutions limit the size of individual files that you can upload. If you do not see a Browse My Computer button, but instead see a button that says Browse for Local File, that means your institution is running an earlier version of Blackboard and you have an extra step to go through this. You Browse for Local File, and once you do that there is going to be one more button that will show up. It says Attach File. You must click that extra button. If you don't, you haven't attached anything.
In this case we're running Blackboard 9.1, so we don't have to do it. But how can you tell that you've successfully attached a file? Look under Attach Files. Let me scroll down a little bit and it says Attached Files. If you see your file, you've actually successfully attached your file. If you haven't, if this Attached Files areas is blank, you have not attached anything else. And if you've attached the wrong thing, you can click on Do not attach. You can then remove it and go through it.
Most instructors only allow one submission attempt per assignment, so double-check that you've attached the correct file. You can scroll down and there is this Comments box. You can give your instructor some comments, although that's completely optional. Most people just leave that blank. And then click on Submit when you're ready to submit your paper. This is actually going to upload a copy of your file from your computer to Blackboard and submit it to your instructor. It gives me a Success box at the top saying the assignment is complete, Review Submission History, and it gives me a receipt.
I actually would recommend that you print this receipt out. It's just in case your instructor says that he or she didn't receive your file. I am going to scroll down a bit. I want you to see in the Attached Files I can see that I attached a file. If the Attached Files line is blank, contact your instructor. Let your instructor know that you accidentally submitted a blank assignment and ask if you can resubmit the assignment. How will your instructor grade and return your assignment to you? Well, some will return the assignment on paper in class, some will send you an email, and some will upload your grade in their comments back to Blackboard, and you click on the Assignments link after the grades have been posted to see your grade.
- Configuring a browser to work with Blackboard
- Updating account information
- Accessing courses and course content
- Resolving missing courses
- Downloading and printing course files
- Submitting assignments
- Taking tests online
- Viewing grades with My Grades
- Sending and receiving email messages
- Joining and accessing a class group