Adding a graded assessment in Blackboard allows students to electonically submit assignments in Blackboard.

This option can be used for general graded assignments and SafeAssign is now integrated into regular Assignments where almost all assignment features are available with SafeAssign services, including allowing multiple attempts, anonymous grading, and the ability to assign to groups.

Benefits of adding a Blackboard assignment:

  • You, as the instructor, are able to access the assignment from within Blackboard and students are able to electronically submit their assignments
  • The assignment automatically creates a Grade Center column
  • With the latest upgrade to Blackboard, Safe Assignments are now integrated within the assignment area! 
  • Information on date/attempts are available to you within Blackboard 
  • Grading assignments can be accomplished using the In-Line Grading option (even for Safe Assignment submissions) where you see the text of the assignment, add individual comments, assign grading rubric that allow students immediate feedback

Create Assignments
  • Log in and enter your course (make sure Edit Mode in "ON")
  • Select a course menu area for the assignment, i.e., Assignments
  • Select Assessment button, scroll and select Assignment

Assignment Information


Type the assignment name (required), select (optional) color and enter any instructions for the students (optional)

NOTE: Safe Assignments no longer carry an identifying green check icon. Make sure that you include in the name or description an indication that the assignment is a Safe Assignment (example: Assignment #1 Safe Assign)

Assignment Files To attach a file, e.g., an example file,  select “Browse My Computer” or “Browse Content Collection” select and open (attach)
Due Dates Select Date/Time (submissions are accepted after this date but are marked Late). Including a Due Date also adds the assignment to the student’s Calendar!

Grading (Points Possible)

Type in the grading points 
Associated Rubrics

Select Rubric (existing), Create New Rubric, or Create from Existing (edit options)

If a rubric is added, the option to “Show  Rubric to Students” becomes available 

Add Rubric


Safe Assignment (NEW) integrated OPTIONS

Submission Details (click to expand the "new" assignment options)


Type Select whether the assignment is a “Individual Submission”, “Group Submission”, or a “Portfolio Submission
Number of Attempts Select Single Attempt, Multiple Attempts (type in #) or Unlimited 
Plagiarism Tools Placing a check mark in this box makes the assignment a SAFE ASSIGNMENT! Select the “Allow” box to allow students to view the SA report. Selecting the option "Exclude submissions" makes this a "DRAFT" Safe Assignment

More about the "exclude submissions" option

This option allows instructors to create what was called "Drafts" that do not include submissions in the Institutional or Global Reference Databases.

This option is "point-in-time" and "editable" after assignment creation. If the option were changed at a later date, new submissions would honor the new state of the setting. Example:

An instructor would like a single assignment to allow "Draft"  submissions, then a single "Final" submission, and only the final submission should be included by SafeAssign in the Institutional database for reference against later submissions.

This can be accomplish by taking the following steps:

    Create an Assignment with multiple attempts, SafeAssign, and the "exclude submissions" option enabled
    Students submit their "draft" works and submissions are not included in the Institutional or Global Databases
    When the final submission is expected, the instructor unchecks (disables) the "exclude submissions" option
    Students submit their final works, and submissions are then included in the Institutional or Global Databases

Display of Grades click to expand allows you to select Primary display (score) and Secondary (none); include in Grade Center calculations; and Show Grade to Student options
Availability Options Make the "Assignment Available"


 Click Submit


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