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Online Assignments in Blackboard


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Online assignments allow students to submit essays in Blackboard and provide you with the functionality to give detailed feedback to your students using annotations, rubrics and text. Click on the video below for a brief overview of how you can use rubrics in Blackboard assignments to provide detailed feedback to enhance student learning. A separate page is available for Turnitin in Blackboard assignments.

Notice regarding the SafeAssign Similarity Score: You can enable SafeAssign when creating a Blackboard assignment - this allows you to check a student's submission against the SafeAssign database of papers. The similarity score in the SafeAssign report is not a measure of plagiarism within a piece of work but represents where there are similarities to other sources (journals, essays, books etc.). A submission with a high similarity score might be satisfactory once the bibliography, cover sheet etc. are accounted for whereas a submission could have a low score but could be heavily paraphrasing other sources without citation.

Lecturers should advise their students not to focus on getting the similarity score below a certain percentage as there are many other dimensions to correctly citing sources. More information on interpreting the Similarity Score is available on Blackboard's website.

Benefits of Online Assignments for Teaching & Learning

You can use online assignments to:

  • Create, manage, and circulate assignments within Blackboard for formative and summative learning
  • Check for potential plagiarism issues using a Similarity Report
  • Grade using rubrics
  • Manage how and when grades and feedback are released to students

Quick Guides

There are three stages to using online assignments in Blackboard. Click on the links below to view quick guides with the eLearning team's recommended settings for each stage of a standard assignment. More detailed guides are available in the Additional Resources section.

An online guide for students is also available to help them with the submission process. Refer your students to the 'Student Help' tab in Blackboard (top right of the screen after logging in) to access this and other guides on using Blackboard.

Online Tutorials

1. Blackboard Vs Turnitin Assignments


Additional Resources

Below are additional resources for staff who require further details on the different features and settings of Blackboard assignments. If you are new to using online assignments we would recommend that you create a standard online assignment as above before using these features.