Create a Blackboard assignment

What is it?

Blackboard offers the opportunity for continuous assessment through its Tests and Assignments features. Although there are slight differences, they are functionally the same.

What does it do?

Both tests and Assignments allow for a choice of different question styles chosen by the instructor; essay-style, multiple-choice or calculated formula questions, for example.

  • Continuously assess student knowledge and monitor Student progress
  • Create an assignment and issue grades

What should I know?

Most assignments should be set up using Turnitin, not Blackboard. Blackboard Assignments are ideal for items that do not need to be checked for similarity (e.g. scanned documents, code, images), or for group assignments whereby one student is submitting to the group.

Creating an assignment

Step 1: To create a Blackboard assignment, go into your module and hover over where you want the assignment to be and click on the and select Create. Select Assignment from the list of options in the side panel.

Step 2: You can add a title in the top left-hand side of the screen and adjust the availability to students in the top right-hand side (this will default to ‘Hidden from students’). 

Step 3: Click on the + in the middle of the screen to add content. To add instructions, select the option Add text

Screenshot of the Test page in My Dundee with the add content menu open
Assignment settings

Step 1: Click on the cog wheel next to Assignment Settings or click on any of the links in the side menu, and a panel will appear for the full settings for tests and assignments. 

Step 2: In the Details & Information section, you can add the time and date, randomise questions, randomise answers, select to collect submissions offline, or allow class conversations.

Blackboard test settings menu highlighting the Details & Information section

Step 3: In the Marking & Submissions section, you can determine the category, set the number of attempts, select the marking criteria, set the number of points, set anonymous marking, edit the release of answers and feedback, and set the item to be marked by two markers per students. 

Blackboard test settings menu highlighting the Marking & Submissions section

Step 4: The Additional Tools area allows you to add a time limit, create a rubric, assign the submission point to groups or add SafeAssign (Blackboard’s similarity checker). 

Updated on 15/02/2022

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