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Assignment Settings

How to access the assignment settings

When creating or editing a Blackboard Assignment, you can access the assignment settings from the panel on the right of the screen.

Screenshot of the edit assignment page, with the Assignment Settings icon highlighted.

Assignment settings options

Screenshot showing Assignment Settings options

1. Due Date

Set the date and time using the calendar and clock tools, or by typing directly into these fields.

2. Prohibit late submissions

If you select this option, in-progress attempts will be submitted automatically at the due date and time. For assignments this means that when the deadline is reached

  • Any drafts previously saved, but not submitted, will be automatically submitted
  • Any student attempts still in progress (e.g. where a student is still in the process of uploading files) will be automatically submitted. This could result in a blank assignment submission.

Selecting this option automatically ticks the next option, ‘Prohibit new attempts after due date’.

3. Prohibit new attempts after due date

Selecting this option effectively prohibits late submission to an assignment.

Once the due date and time has passed students can’t start a new attempt – although late submissions could come from any student

  • who was already in the process of submitting work at the deadline
  • who had previously saved an attempt.

Such students could continue and submit the work after the deadline (unless ‘Prohibit late submissions’ has been selected).

4. Allow class conversations

Class Conversations [link to separate article] are discussion forums linked to a specific piece of course content. A Class Conversation for an assignment allows students to raise questions about the assessment; responses can come from staff members and/or fellow students.

Conversations (Blackboard Help site)

You cannot enable a Class Conversation if the assignment is set to be anonymous.

5. Collect submissions offline

This option is for assessments such as in-class presentations, where students are not required to submit anything to Blackboard but you wish to use the marking and feedback tools in Blackboard.

Offline assignments inform students that no submission is required. They are able to view any instructions you have provided, and the Rubric which will be used to mark their work.

Screenshot of the student view of an Offline submission

Collecting submissions offline (Blackboard Help site)

6. Presentation Options

These settings apply only to Blackboard Tests, or Assignments which contain multiple questions, so can normally be ignored.

Screenshot showing Assignment Settings options

7. Formative Assessment

Select this option for formative assignments. The ‘Display formative label to students’ will then automatically be ticked.

Labelling an assignment as ‘Formative’ does not change any functionality, but can help staff and students identify assessments which do not count towards their final grade.

Staff can see the ‘Formative’ label in the following locations

  • Course content page
    Screenshot showing the Formative assessment label in a course content area
  • Test and assignment settings
  • Gradebook list and grid views
    Screenshot showing the Formative assessment label in the Gradebook
  • Student overview
  • Student activity overview

You can also use a Filter in the Gradebook to show or hide formative assessments.

Formative filter in the Gradebook (Blackboard Help site)

Students see the ‘Formative’ label in the following locations

  • Course content page
    Screenshot showing the Formative assessment label in a course content area - student view
  • Assessment panel before starting an attempt
  • Assessment details & information panel during and after an assessment
    Screenshot showing the Formative assessment label when a student is submitting to an assignment
  • Assessment header when viewing a submission
  • Gradebook
    Screenshot showing the Formative assessment label in the Gradebook - student view

8. Mark category

‘Assignment’ will be selected by default.

9. Attempts allowed

Select the number of attempts that students are allowed.

The default is a single attempt. You can select any number from 1 – 10, or select ‘Unlimited’.

For more detailed information see Multiple Assignment attempts (Blackboard Help website).

10. Mark using

In almost every case you should retain the default value of ‘Points’.

For formative assessments, or assignments on Pass/Fail modules, you might want to select ‘Complete/Incomplete’.

11. Maximum Points

This should normally be set to 100.

12. Anonymous Marking

Tick the box to hide student names from markers and programme administrators.

This option is not available for Group Assignments.

For details see Ultra: Anonymous Blackboard assignments

13. Two markers per student

Tick this box for assignments where each submission will have two markers i.e. blind double marking.

When you tick the box, the option to Assign Markers appears.

Assignment settings - Assign markers

See Parallel Grading (Blackboard help site).

14. Peer review

Tick to enable Peer Review [separate article]

15. Delegated marking

Tick to enable Delegated Marking.

See Ultra: Enable delegated marking

16. Assessment mark

Selecting ‘Post assessment marks automatically’ automatically posts each student’s mark as soon as the assessment has been marked.

For the vast majority of assignments you should leave the option ‘Post assessment marks automatically’ unticked, as you will want to control when marks are posted.

Screenshot showing Assignment Settings options

17. Assessment results

These settings apply to Tests (or Assignments which include one or more Question, rather than requiring a file upload).

18. Assessment security – Access code

This allows you to generate a code which students have to enter before taking an assessment. Principally used to control access to Tests.

See Add security to your tests with access codes (Blackboard help site)

19. Time limit

Apply a time limit. Normally only relevant for Tests.

See Add a timer (Blackboard help site)

20. Use marking rubric

Click Add marking rubric to create and attach a rubric, or to select a previously created rubric.

See Rubrics (Blackboard Help site)

21. Goals & standards

The Goals feature is not currently in use at the University of Reading.

22. Assigned groups

Click here to set this as a Group assignment.

See separate guide.

Guide last updated on July 10, 2024

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