Using Blackboard for online submissions and marking (staff)

Getting Started

Step 1: Check with your School admin team if there is an existing workflow

Your School may already have an online submission and marking workflow (a standard way of running assessments). Contact your School admin team to see if there is an existing workflow that meets your requirements. They may also have School-specific guidance which you can use.

Step 2: Choose a workflow

If there is no existing practice that suits your requirements, you need to decide which workflow will be best in your context. Workflows are available for both University supported online marking tools – Blackboard (B) and Turnitin (T). Use the menu below to help decide. If you are unsure or have any questions, please contact the Digital Education Office digital-education@bristol.ac.uk as early as possible.

Try to choose one of the ‘recommended’ workflows as they require less work for markers and administrative staff. For more detailed explanation of the icons see our icons glossary.  

Recommended workflows:

B1
Individual/group submission
Multiple/large documents
Full anonymity possible
Multi-markers possible
Download only
Laptop/computer marking
Anonymous moderation
B2
Individual/group submission
Multiple/large documents
Full anonymity possible
Single marker only
Downloadable option
Laptop/computer marking
Anonymous moderation ⚠
T1
Individual submission only
Single document only
Full anonymity possible
Single marker only
Online marking only
Laptop/computer marking
Anonymous moderation
T1a
Individual submission only
Single document only
Full anonymity possible
Single marker only
Downloadable option
Tablet marking
Anonymous moderation

 Supported workflows:

B3
Individual/group submission
Multiple/large documents
Trust-based anonymity
Multi-markers possible
Downloadable option
Laptop/computer marking
No anonymous moderation
B4
Individual/group submission
Multiple/large documents
Full anonymity possible
Multi-markers possible
Downloadable option
Laptop/computer marking
Anonymous moderation ⚠
T2
Individual submission only
Single document only
Full anonymity possible
Multi-markers possible
Online marking only
Laptop/computer marking
Anonymous moderation
T2a
Individual submission only
Single document only
Full anonymity possible
Multi-markers possible
Downloadable option
Tablet marking
Anonymous moderation

Step 3: Test the workflow

Once you have selected your workflow, use the guidance below to set up and run through the workflow in a test Blackboard course with a test student (How can I add a test student). It is essential to test before using real assessments, and this will also enable you to see the student perspective. Failure to test may result in lost submissions or feedback. To request a test course or if there are any issues with your test, please contact digital-education@bristol.ac.uk.

There are six guidance documents for each workflow. Select your workflow and then click on the icons to access the guidance documents. Instructions focus on anonymous workflows.

Step 4: Implement the workflow

Now you have tested your workflow you can implement it into your course. Follow the instructions in the guidance above just as you did for your test.


Health and safety

If you are marking or administering marking online please see the Safety and Health services workplace guidance on using display screen equipment.

Printing

If printing is required eg to read paper copies, staff can either download assignments individually or bulk download a .zip file containing all assignments from Blackboard. This zip file can be uploaded to the Print Services “Print submission system”.  Files must be in .pdf format, so if printing through Print Services will be required, students should be instructed to submit .pdfs.

If planning to print a large quantity of assignments, Schools should contact Print Services as early as possible with details of approximate volume and dates when submissions will need to be printed.
 

Do you have any comments or suggestions?

The Digital Education Office works to advise and support staff on electronic management of assessment, as well as with suppliers such as Blackboard and Turnitin to improve our toolset.

We welcome any feedback or suggestions you may have so please contact us: www.bristol.ac.uk/digital-education/whotocontact.html

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