BLACKBOARD ASSESSMENT - STUDENT HELP PAGE

 

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO WINDOWS 10 MICROSOFT EDGE USERS:

 

When using Microsoft Edge (web browser) on Windows 10, if the file being submitted for assessment is open at the time of submission an empty file is uploaded instead.

Microsoft are aware but as a workaround, either:

  • Do not open your work after selecting it for upload in Blackboard. Instead, review your work beforehand and ensure the file is closed before accessing the submission area and uploading your work.
  • Use a different browser such as Google Chrome or Firefox

 

 

What type of file should I submit?

Always follow the guidance given by your tutor for your specific coursework assessment or online exam.

As a general guide and for standard written pieces of work, you should submit Microsoft Word or PDF files.

If you have been asked to submit presentation files you should submit in Microsoft PowerPoint.

If you have been asked to submit a spreadsheet you should submit in Microsoft Excel.

If you have been asked to submit video, you should use eStream (please see instruction here) which will convert video in any modern format.

If you have been asked to submit files in any other formats, please refer to your course or module-specific directions.

There are general instructions in the frequently asked questions at the bottom of this page, on how to transfer photos from mobile phones to computers, in case you have been specifically asked to submit photos.

In the absence of specific instruction from your course or module please do not submit files in any format other than Word, PDF, Excel or PowerPoint. Failure to follow these instructions may result in your marker being unable to access your file and the submission marked as ‘non-received’. Please also be aware that the file name should be no more than 125 characters in length, including the file type (.pdf, .docx etc); a warning will appear if you exceed this limit.

 

Asking for Specific Feedback or SpLD (yellow sticker)

You can use the Comments box to declare a verified Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD) using the YELLOW STICKER scheme, or to raise a query about the task you have completed, or to ask for specific feedback. The comments you add to this box will be available to your marker as they mark your work. 

In the Comments box indicate whether you would like to apply your UEA verified Yellow Sticker – by typing YELLOW STICKER or add more context and request specific feedback from your marker.

For more information, please see the Student Support Service details about the Sticker Scheme. Show Screenshot

 

Standard (PDF/Word) submission

Step 1 – Open your submission point

In your Blackboard module, select either Formative Assessment or Summative Assessment from the menu.

Coursework submission points usually open 7 days before the due date and then stay open. Online exams may only open for 24 hours.  Your module organiser will give you details about how your submission points will work. 

Open the submission point for your assessment by selecting the appropriate green or blue assessment number. Show Screenshot

Step 2 – Upload your files

Either drag and drop your submission into the dotted box or click Browse My Computer and navigate to the relevant file on your computer. You can add multiple files to your submission by repeating the process (there is a different process for video and audio submissions).

Please make sure that your file is closed in all applications before attempting to submit it. Do not reopen the file until after you have submitted it. 

Note: Do not press Submit until all assessment files are added.

Step 3 - Comments to your marker (including for Specific Learning Difficulty SpLD)

You can use the Comments box to declare a verified Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD) using the YELLOW STICKER scheme, or to raise a query about the task you have completed, or to ask for specific feedback. The comments you add to this box will be available to your marker as they mark your work. 

To declare an SpLD, you can type YELLOW STICKER. Alternatively (or as well), you can write any other comment or query that you would like your marker to have alongside your work.

For more information, please see the Student Support Service details about the Sticker Scheme. Show Screenshot

Step 4 – Submit your work 

When you have added all your assessment files and left any comments for the marker, you are ready to submit your work.

The Submit button is final and must be pressed before the deadline. Show Screenshot

Step 5 – Check your submission

After you press Submit, the work you submitted is displayed. Check the following:

  1. That you have submitted the correct document.
  2. That a message appears confirming your submission
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In addition, you will be emailed an assignment receipt that says “You have just attempted to submit a file via your Blackboard module with the following details and timestamp”. A copy of which is held in the Blackboard system for staff reference.

The email reminds you to check you have submitted the correct work.

 

Video or Audio Submission

Video and audio files should uploaded to our Streaming Server through Blackboard as per the following instructions. If you upload a video or audio file directly into Blackboard using the standard submission process, it may result in the marker being unable to view it.

Audio files and, in particular, video files can be much larger than standard documents and therefore can take time to upload.

When submitting media files, we strongly recommend the following:

  1. If your audio or video file is particularly large (e.g. over 1 GB), compress it first.
  2. Aim to use a reliable wired connection rather than WIFI.
  3. Make sure you allow plenty of time to upload your video or audio. Aim to submit your assignment as early as possible and if you are submitting on the due date, to start the process no later than 2 hours before the submission deadline of 3pm.

Step 1 – Open your submission point

In your Blackboard module, select either Formative Assessment or Summative Assessment from the menu.

Then open the submission point for your assessment by selecting the appropriate green assessment number. Coursework submission points usually open 7 days before the due date. Show Screenshot

Step 2 – Upload your video or audio file

Select Write Submission.

A text area will appear on the page, ensure that all the toolbars are visible (A)

Select the Mashups menu (B)

Then select Planet eStream Item (C) Show Screenshot

In the new window that appears, select Upload. Show Screenshot

Then either drag and drop content into this space or click Upload Video or Audio Files and select your file. Show Screenshot

On the next screen, you can add some optional details to your file.

For an assessment upload, you do not need to add any information.

Make sure Use filename for title is ticked, and select Confirm. Show Screenshot

There is no need to add any further information on the next screen so click Start Upload.

When you select Start Upload, the file upload begins.

If your file upload is going intolerably slowly feel free to abort the upload by clicking the trash can icon and start again when the network is less busy or when you are somewhere with a better connection. This should not be a problem unless the file you are trying to upload is very large or your connection is poor. Show Screenshot

When the upload is completed, you will be returned to the original upload assignment page and should be able to now see that you have added the video or audio file.

Don’t worry that the player is greyed out (as in this example), you should be able to see a preview after you submit. Show Screenshot

Step 3 – Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD) and comments to marker

You can use the Comments box to leave comments for your marker, request specific feedback or declare a verified Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD).

For more information, please see the Student Support Service details about the Sticker Scheme. Show Screenshot

Step 4 – Submit your work (you can only submit once)

When you have added all your assessment files and left any comments for the marker, you are ready to submit your work.

You have the option to Save Draft, which will allow you to make changes to your work at a later time, but before you submit it. The Submit button is final and must be pressed before the deadline. Show Screenshot

Step 5 – Check your submission

After you press Submit, the work you submitted is displayed. Check the following:

  1. That you have submitted the correct media.
  2. That a message appears confirming your submission
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In addition, you will be emailed an assignment receipt that says “You have just attempted to submit a file via your Blackboard module with the following details and timestamp”. A copy of which is held in the Blackboard system for staff reference.

The email reminds you to check you have submitted the correct work. Show Screenshot

The preview image may continue to say ‘Coming Soon’ immediately after you submit as above.

After a few minutes, and when you enter the submission point subsequently, the preview should show your media file with a play button as below.

Check you have submitted the correct file.

 

Reviewing Submissions

Coursework submission points usually open 7 days before the due date and then stay open. Online exam submission points may only be open for 24 hours. Your module organiser will let you know how your submission point will work.

You can review your submitted work at any point as long as the relevant submission point is open.

Select the relevant submission point from the Formative Assessment or Summative Assessment area by selecting the appropriate blue or green assessment number. Show Screenshot

The Review Submission History page shows your submitted work and the timestamp of your submission.

If your submission point allows multiple attempts, you can start a new submission from here.

Please note that the online display is provided by a service called 'Box'. If you are not able to use 'Box' you can review your submission by clicking on the filename. Show Screenshot

 

What if I Submit the Wrong Work?

If, having checked, you find that you have accidentally or incorrectly submitted the wrong file, you may submit a replacement. Please make sure that you replace an incorrect attempt with the minimum of delay, because we will assume that work in the submission point after the due date has been presented for marking. The most recent submission will be the one that is marked.

If you submit the wrong work, simply start a new submission by selecting Start New. Show Screenshot

 

Collecting Feedback and Grades

When your tutor notifies you that your work has been marked, return to the Formative Assessment or Summative Assessment area and select the relevant assessment to view your feedback and grade. Show Screenshot

You can view your grade and feedback on the right hand side.

If your work has been marked with a rubric, click on the grid icon on the right hand side.

Click on any annotations to view comments associated with them. Show Screenshot

 

Collecting Grades from Exams

In some cases, such as exams, the submission point will no longer be visible so you won't be able to collect your mark and feedback from there.

In this case click the My Grades link on your Blackboard site's menu, and collect your feedback from there instead.

Select an item from the list and click on the title to view your provisional grades and feedback.

Please note: the list of assessments in My Grades may include assessments that do not apply to you, so please don't be concerned to see unexpected assessments listed.

 

Viewing Annotations

If the marker has annotated your work, you will notice blue icons or coloured highlights have been added. Click on the blue boxes or highlights to view the comments. Show Screenshot

If you prefer not to use a mouse, the tab keys will allow you to move through the annotation icons and [enter] will expand the comment box in the same way.

You can download a PDF of your work that includes the marker annotations. Show Screenshot

Note: The annotation system currently contains a bug in that the tab-enter accessibility options do not allow the expansion of comments associated with highlights. If you prefer not to use a mouse it may not be possible for you to access these comments. Please contact the Learning Technology Team ltt@uea.ac.uk urgently if this is the case for you and alternative access provisions will be made.

 

Discrepancies between Blackboard and e:Vision

Grades released in Blackboard are provisional.

Any extensions or penalties are neither recorded nor made visible in Blackboard.

Following their release on Blackboard, provisional grades are transferred from Blackboard to e:Vision (UEA’s student information system).

Once in e:Vision, and where appropriate, any extensions or penalties will be applied.

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I transfer photos from my phone to my computer? Show Answer

There are three main ways of transferring images from your phone to your computer:

1. The first is via a USB connection. With a USB cable, connect your phone to your computer. In Windows Explorer you should then be able to navigate to your phone to drag and drop the files you want from your phone to the PC.

2. Another method is to find the image on your phone, then share it to an email account. This emails the image as an attachment. You can then download the attachment, and save it to your desktop or somewhere else where you know you can easily find it.

3. A third way would be find the image on your phone, and then upload it to Google Drive. Then, on your computer, log in to Google Drive and download the image.

Further Help

If you have any questions about anything connected to assessments, including uploading your work to Blackboard please contact your tutor or your Learning and Teaching Hub.

The Formative and Summative submission points give you access to online help pages.

 

Report an Issue

We hope that this article was helpful. If you require further assistance, please log an issue with the IT Service Desk and the Learning Technology Team will get back to you as soon as possible.