Create an Assignment in Blackboard

You can use the Assignment tool in your Blackboard course to create drop boxes in which students can upload their work for you to view and grade, all from within your course.

1. LOG INTO BLACKBOARD

Log into Blackboard Learn at learn.kent.edu or through Flashline.
 

2. ENTER YOUR COURSE

Click on the name of your course to access it.
 

3. NAVIGATE TO A CONTENT AREA OR FOLDER

Navigate to the content area or folder in which you want to create the assignment.
 

4. CREATE ASSIGNMENT

In the Action Bar across the top of the page, select Assessments.  Then click Assignment from the drop-down menu.

Assessments menu expanded


Note: If the Action Bar does not appear at the top of the page, make sure that Edit Mode is turned ON (toggle button in the upper right corner).

Edit Mode button


5. NAME THE ASSIGNMENT

In the Name field, type in the title of the assignment.  The title you type here will also appear in in the corresponding Grade Center column.
 

6. PROVIDE ASSIGNMENT INSTRUCTIONS

Type the assignment introduction and instructions in the text editor box. 

Assignment Information


7. ATTACH FILE (OPTIONAL)

If your assignment instructions are lengthy, you may want to attach them as a file instead of typing them in the instructions area.  

Click the Browse My Computer button.  Locate and select the file.  You can attach multiple files if desired.

Assignment file attachment


8. INPUT DUE DATE

Use the calendar and clock icons to input the due date and time.  This information will be displayed to students when they click on the assignment in Blackboard.

Assignment due date


9. INPUT GRADING INFORMATION

Input the points possible for the assignment.  This will be used to create the corresponding Grade Center column.

You can also attach a rubric if desired.

Points possible and rubrics


10. SET SUBMISSION DETAILS

Click on the Submission Details link to expand the section.  Here you can select the assignment type (individual or group) and the number of attempts each student can submit.

You can also enable SafeAssign if desired.  SafeAssign is a plagiarism checking tool that compares submitted papers against institutional and global databases and internet sources and generates an originality report.

Submission details


11. SET GRADING OPTIONS

Click on the Grading Options link to expand the section.  Here you can enable anonymous grading and/or delegated grading if desired.

Grading options


12. SET GRADE DISPLAY OPTIONS

Click on the Display of Grades link to expand the section.  Set the primary display (e.g. score, percentage, letter grade, etc.) which will show in the Grade Center.  Select the additional Grade Center options as desired.

Display of grades


13. SET AVAILABILITY

Check the box to make the assignment available to students.  Set date and time restrictions if desired.  You can also enable Tracking if desired, which would allow you to generate a report that shows which students opened the assignment.

Availability settings


14. SUBMIT

Click the Submit button to finish creating the assignment.

 

Updated June 2019 by Katie Baer, M.Ed., Instructional Designer