Inline Assignment Grading (Crocodoc)

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On the Grade Assignment page, you can annotate directly within the browser on files uploaded and converted for display in the inline viewer. You can assign a user/group grade, provide feedback, and make notes for yourself.

Note: Assignment submissions created with the content editor are not compatible with inline grading. Submissions of this type show in the window, but annotation is not available.

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You can use the functions on the action bar to:

  • Navigate to other attempts using the arrows next to a user's name.
  • Hide user names so you can grade anonymously. See Anonymous Grading. Enable anonymous grading during the creation stage to eliminate grading bias for high-stake assignments.
  • Jump to another attempt to view or grade.

The Grade Assignment Page

Annotation sessions expire after an hour. You will receive a warning message. After the time limit, annotations may not be saved.

A. View Instructions: Expand the assignment instructions.
B. Add Comment or Annotation: From the inline viewer toolbar, click the Comment function and the annotation tools expand. You can comment, highlight, draw, strikeout, and zoom in and out. To remove a comment, point to the yellow comment and select Delete. To remove any other type of annotation, right-click the annotation. Use the arrow keys to view other pages in a student's/participant's file. You can also download () a copy of the file after you annotate it.
C. View Assignment: Submitted files open within the grading screen. Supported document types that are viewable in the grading screen are Word (DOC, DOCX), PowerPoint (PPT, PPTX), Excel (XLS, XLSX), and PDF. Original formatting and embedded images are preserved. If a student/participant has uploaded an unsupported file, you are prompted to download it.

Note: Assignment submissions created with the content editor are not compatible with inline grading. Submissions of this type show in the window, but annotation is not available.

D. Add, Remove, or Reply To Comments: Add comments wherever needed. Point to the yellow comment and the Reply and Delete options appear.

E. View Grading Details: In the grading sidebar, grade the submission, view the assignment details, the grading rubric, and each attempt. After you assign a grade, return to this screen to review the grade and comments. Click the pencil icon to override the grade.

F. Provide Feedback: Type feedback for the student/participant.

G. Edit Your Content: Open the content editor to format your comments, attach a file, and check your spelling.
H. Add Private Notes: Add notes and files that only you can see. For example, keep track of students'/participants' progress during the revision process and refer to your notes when assigning the final grade.

I. Download the assignment: Download the original file.
The inline viewer is powered by a third-party, cloud-based technology called Crocodoc. The viewer is supported on current versions of Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and Internet Explorer. No plug-in or other application is necessary.

Student/Participant file submissions are stored in your Blackboard Learn instance, as always. A copy of the submission is transmitted to the Crocodoc cloud service for conversion. The converted version of the document lives in the cloud on servers managed by Crocodoc.

No personally identifiable data about students/participants is sent to Crocodoc. Blackboard retrieves a document ID from Crocodoc and assigns it to the document. That mapping of document ID to user, course/organization, assignment, and attempt is tracked locally in Blackboard. None of that data is available to Crocodoc. All that is transmitted to Crocodoc is the file for conversion. The converted file is stored in the Crocodoc service with any annotations made on the converted file.