Blackboard Assessment Updates January '18

Changes to Blackboard Assessment Marking Process January 2018

Please note: Due to enforced changes from Blackboard, the following amendments will come into effect on 4th January 2018.

Reasons for enforced changes to Blackboard’s native assessment tool

The annotation functionality that exists within Blackboard’s native Assessments tool (note: this does not include Turnitin) was previously provided by Crocadoc, which has now been acquired by Box (more information on this can be found on the Crocadoc Website). This will result in a change in functionality, which is detailed below.

Annotating Blackboard Assignment submissions online

With the previous version of Blackboard’s own assessment tool (in use until January 2018), users could add annotations such as text, strikethrough, hightlights, freehand drawings and comment boxes.

As of January 4th 2018, you will only be able to add annotations by using the 'Point Annotation Mode’ or by highlighting the text with your mouse and then adding a comment to the highlighted area (see images below).


Using the 'Point Annotation Mode’ option


Using the Highlight Text and Add Comment option


Removal of the option to download student work with annotations

Another important change is the removal of the option to download annotated files from the Blackboard Assessment marking area. In the previous version (used until January 2018) staff and students could download a copy of the assessment with the annotations that have been added.

As of January 4th 2018, this will no longer be possible. Any work downloaded after this point will not include any of the annotations made to student’s submitted files.