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View and Grade Assignments in Blackboard

You can view and grade assignments directly within your Blackboard course, without the need to download the files submitted by your students. 

1. Log into Blackboard

Log into Blackboard Learn at or through Flashline.

2. Enter your course

Click on the name of your course to access it.

3. Access the Grade Center

In the Control Panel, click on the Grade Center link.

4. Access the Needs Grading page

From the expanded Grade Center menu, click on the Needs Grading link.

Grade Center menu expanded


5. Access students’ submissions

The Needs Grading page will show all items (including assignment submissions) that are waiting to be graded.  Click on the User Attempt for the assignment to view that student’s submission.

Needs Grading page


Note: You can also access student assignment submissions from the Full Grade Center.  To do this, locate the cell for the student’s assignment grade.  Click the drop-down arrow in that cell, then select Attempt [date] from the menu.  The student’s submission will be displayed.

View attempt from Full Grade Center


6. View and grade assignment

a) The entire document submitted by the student is embedded in this frame.  If a student submits a file type that is not compatible with this inline grading (or if you are grading on formatting), you will need to download the file to view it.

b) You can use the comment features to add notes, write on the document, highlight text, and add typed comments.  Students can see these when reviewing their graded submissions.

c) You can type in the student’s grade as a point value, which will be entered in the corresponding assignment grade column.

d) You can type general feedback for the assignment, which will be displayed to students on the My Grades page.  You can also attach a file as part of the feedback.

e) You can download the student’s submission to your computer if desired.

View and grade attempt


7. Submit

When you are finished grading the submission, click the Submit button in the grading pane to save the grade, feedback, and any comments.

8. Repeat

Repeat the process for each student’s assignment submission.

  Updated June 2018 by Katie Baer, M.Ed., Instructional Designer