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 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|
|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