Blackboard: Creating and Managing Assignments

Creating and Clearing Assignments Information


Creating the Assignment

  1. Select the content area where the students should submit the assignment (e.g. “Assignments” or “Documents”)
  2. Place mouse over the Assessments button and select Assignment

Assignment option


  1. Fill in the name of the assignment and use the instructions area to provide more details about the assignment

Attach files to an assignment with "Browsing My Computer" or "Browse Content Collection"


  1. A due date can be set for an assignment.

Note: There is an ability to receive items after the due date, but they will be marked as "Late". Be sure to place a check in the box next to the due date if you choose to use this option.

Due date for an assessment


  1. In the grading area, enter the total points possible for the assignment.
  2. Click Submit

Note: A new column be created in the Grade Center for the assignment

Points possible for an assignment


Clearing an Assessment Attempt

  1. Open the Grade Center in the course
  2. Find the student in the grid along with the column associated with the assessment
  3. Click the arrow in the cell for the assessment to show more options
  4. Click "View Grade Details"

Grade center cell with options of View Grade Details, Exempt Grade, and an Attempt


  1. From the Grade Details screen, there are many options to clear a student's attempt:
  • Clear Attempt: This deletes the attempt
  • Ignore Attempt: This keeps the attempt but omits the score from Grade Center calculations
  • Allow Additional Attempt: This appears when a student submits the maximum number of attempts and allows a student to submit an additional assessment

Grade details screen where instructors can view student submission attempts