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Instructors can now use In-line grading for assignments that students submit if the document is a Word (DOC, DOCX), PowerPoint (PPT, PPTX), Excel (XLS, XLSX), or PDF (PDF) document.

If you would like to use this feature, be sure that students know which are the convertable file types.

You create an assignment that can be graded inline as you create any assignment, but after you have received assignments from students you can now:

  • Review and comment directly in the document.
  • Grade the submission from the inline grading sidebar. From here you can view the assignment details, the grading rubric and each attempt. You can type an overall grade and grades for each attempt as well as provide feedback to your students without leaving the page.

Supported Formats

When you view a document submitted through an Assignment, that document is converted to a format that is viewable inside a web browser. Supported document types that can be converted are Word (DOC, DOCX), PowerPoint (PPT, PPTX), Excel (XLS, XLSX), and PDF (PDF).

The converted document is displayed in a viewer on the Grade Assignment page. Formatting and embedded images of the original document are preserved in the conversion.

The viewer is supported on current versions of Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and Internet Explorer. No plug-in or other application is necessary.

If a student has uploaded a file that isn't in a format supported by the inline viewer, then instead of seeing the viewer, you are prompted to download the file in question.

Inline Assignment Grading and Box

The inline viewer is powered by a third-party, cloud-based technology called Box.

Student file submissions are stored in your Learn instance, as always. A copy of the submission is transmitted to the Box cloud service for conversion. The converted version of the document lives in the cloud on servers managed by Box.

No personally identifiable data about students is sent to Box. Learn retrieves a document ID from Box and assigns it to the document. That mapping of Document ID to user, course, assignment, and attempt is tracked locally in Learn. None of that data is available to Box. All that is transmitted to box is the file for conversion. The converted file is stored in the Box service, as are any annotations made on the converted file.

View How to Annotate in Inline Grading for further instructions.

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Add comments to the document.

Download a copy of the file. This button is also available to students when they review their submission.

Print the document. This button is also available to students when they review their submission.


Inline Grading from Blackboard Help


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