Creating Assignments

If you are grading student submitted files, the assignments tool saves time. When you create an assignment using the assignments tool, a Grade Center column is created automatically. From the Grade Center or Needs Grading page, you can see who has submitted their work. You can use the inline viewer and grade submissions directly. You can also download submissions for offline viewing.

Assignments with due dates show automatically in the course calendar. Assignment grades and due dates are used in the Retention Center. The Retention Center helps you recognize when students fail to perform to a set standard based on criteria you set.

How to Create an Assignment

  1. On the action bar, point to Assessments and click Assignment.
  2. On the Create Assignment page, provide the name, instructions, and any files students need.
  3. Optionally, select a Due Date.
  4. In the Grading section, type the Points Possible and optionally, associate a rubric. Optionally, expand the sections to make selections such as anonymous grading and how the grade is displayed.
  5. Make the assignment available.
  6. Select the Display After and Display Until check boxes to enable the date and time selections. Display restrictions do not affect availability, only when the assignment appears.
  7. Optionally, select the check box to Track Number of Views.
  8. Click Submit.

Assignment Instructions

Be sure to remind students to attach any required files to the assignment before clicking Submit. Inform students that their assignments are not completed until they are submitted. They must contact you if they submit the wrong files or forget to attach files so that you can reset the assignment attempts.

Attaching Files

Optionally, in the Assignment Files section, click Browse My Computer to upload a file from your computer. You can also upload a file from the course's storage repository:

  • If Course Files is the course's storage repository, click Browse Course.-OR-
  • If your institution licenses content management, click Browse Content Collection.

Due Date

You can add a due date to organize and assign gradable items to grading periods in the Grade Center. Also, if a student submits an assignment after the due date, the submission is identified as late on the Grade Assignment page. Students will see it marked late on their Review Submission History pages.

Grade Settings

You can share grading responsibility with teaching assistants, graders, and other instructors. You can allow multiple graders to grade the same assignments to promote reliability in grading. You can also grade anonymously to eliminate bias.
To learn more, see Blackboard: Using The Grade Center.


You can associate a rubric with your assignment. Use rubrics to create criteria for evaluating student performance.
To learn more, see Blackboard: Using Rubrics.

Multiple Attempts

To help students stay on track, allow them to submit assignments more than once and receive feedback for each submission. This can raise the quality of assignments, and ultimately improve student success and retention.

Assignments and SafeAssignments

The SafeAssignment content type has been removed, now SafeAssign is an option to be clicked on when creating assignments.
To learn more, see Blackboard: Using SafeAssign.