Office Of Smith IT
Smith School of Business
Van Munching Hall, Rm 3520
College Park, MD 20742
(for Blackboard Requests)
Mon-Fri (9 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
Using Assignment Tool
Instructors and TAs)
The Blackboard Assignment Tool is a very useful tool, it
allows instructors to distribute assignments, collect
individual student responses, post feedback to students, and
grade on the items in Gradebook in a very convenient way.
Tip1. How to tell if you have created an item using
The item created using Assignment Tool has an link
View/Complete Assignment at the bottom. (If
you do not see that link, you've most likely just added a
plain 'item'.) Students click on that link to submit their
responses. These submissions will be saved in Gradebook
directly, and instructor can view them individually and
Tip2. Download All or Selected student responses for an
assignment at one time.
If you prefer, you may 'collect' all the student submissions
of an assignment item into a zip file, save it on your local
computer and then unzip it whenever you want to look at the
submissions. You don't have to be on the internet to unzip
it later. The zip file contains not only the documents that
students submitted, but also students' submission
information and their comments if there's any.
To do this, go to course Control Panel ->
Gradebook -> hit the dropdown arrow
of the item, select > Assignment File Download
-> Select All or those you want in the list -> Submit and
Students can only click "Submit" ONCE for each assignment
Multiple documents may be attached to that one submission,
but once they click submit, no more may be sent to you using
this link. So please let them using "Save" button if not
ready. If they already submitted and you wish to clear their
submission and give them another chance at this assignment,
you may. Please provide the
student guide (one page document) about submitting
assignments to students if you can.
When try to upload a Microsoft Word or PowerPoint file as an
attachment, make sure your file name does not contains
special characters (such as = ! , \ "
' # @ ( ) space), or you may get an error message.
When you create columns in the Gradebook or ask students to
submit digital Assignments, file naming convention is also
important to note. Warn your students about it, and don't
use them in your Gradebook Column names, to avoid the