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Use your own handwriting to electronically comment on student papers

How to use the inking feature in Word

Example of Inking

Like many instructors, you may prefer to grade student papers by hand so that you can easily make corrections and leave comments. Ever wondered how you can do this electronically? If you have a tablet PC, Microsoft Word has an inking feature that allows you to write directly on the screen — just as you would with a pen and paper. As an added bonus — you’re saving a lot of paper by eliminating the need for students to print their work.

Here’s how to get started.

Download student submissions from Blackboard

  1. Navigate to the Grade Center column containing the assignment
  2. Click on the chevron to the right of the column name
  3. Select Assignment File Download
  4. Place a check mark to the left of the usernames and click Submit
  5. Select Download Assignments Now to download the zip file

Start Inking

  1. Open the zip file downloaded from Blackboard
  2. Double-click to open one of the student’s Word documents
  3. Select the Review tab from the menu in Word
  4. Click Start Inking (to the far right) of the ribbon menu
  5. Select your desired inking options
  6. Start writing directly on your screen to comment on the student’s paper

Upload assignments back into Blackboard

  1. Navigate to the Grade Center column containing the assignment
  2. Click the chevron to the right of the student’s name
  3. Select View Grade Details from the drop-down menu
  4. Click the View Attempt button
  5. Type in the Grade (score) and add any comments in the Feedback to User area
  6. Click Browse My Computer next to Attach File
  7. Navigate to the student’s graded assignment and select it
  8. Click Save and Exit or Save and Next

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