Changes to the Bb Learn Assignment Inline Grading Tool

In January, Blackboard Learn started using Box for inline grading.
(Inline grading refers to the instructor’s ability to mark up and annotate student submissions to Blackboard Learn assignments.) 

Why the change?

Box bought Crocodoc, the former 3rd-party product Blackboard used for inline grading. 

Is there anything that I have to do?

No. All student submissions and associated annotations will automatically be converted from Crocodoc to Box by 12pm on Jan. 11th. 

Safari High Sierra version 11.0.2 users, please see note at end of article. 

What can I expect after the change?

  • Box does not currently allow students or faculty to download and print annotations. Box is working on a solution for this issue.
  • The Box annotation tool is somewhat limited. It does not enable strike-through, or free-floating text-entry annotations.
  • Students must refresh the page in order to see their submissions in the assignment preview window.

Detailed Feature Comparison

Functions Crocodoc New Box View
File types you can view in the grading window PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS, XLSX, DOC, and DOCX Over 100 different file types, including video, audio, image, and programming code

File Types and Fonts Supported in Box Content Preview

File types for annotation PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS, XLSX, DOC, and DOCX PDF, PPT, PPTX, DOC, and DOCX

New Box View also supports only point-based annotations on these file formats: AI, BMP, DCM, EPS, GIF, PNG, PS, PSD, SVS, TGA, TIF, and TIFF

Videos and images displayed No Yes
Course areas Blackboard Learn assignments Same
Annotation types Text and point-based comments, highlighting, and drawing Point-based comments and highlighting
Download You can download a copy of a student file with the option to download in the original format or in a PDF version that includes the annotations You can download a copy of a student file, but annotations won’t appear
Print function No Yes
Students Can’t add annotations to documents Can’t add annotations to documents
Bb Grader Can add annotations to documents Can add annotations to documents with workaround.. Annotate submissions in Bb Grader app
Safari High Sierra version 11.0.2 users

Select Safari > Preferences > Privacy and un-check the following boxes:

  • Prevent cross-site checking
  • Ask web websites not to track me

For more Information

See the Detailed Feature Comparison below or  view Blackboard’s Transitioning from Crocodoc to Box View article. The Technology and Learning Program is also happy to assist.

 

 

 

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