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Grading in Blackboard: Markups

Marking Up Student Papers

Marking Up Student Essays and Other Submissions

Blackboard provides a means for marking up student submissions online, eliminating  any need for the instructor to upload or download submissions, mark them up with separate tools, and send the marked up file back to the student. Markups made in this way within Blackboard become part of the detailed grading history of a course, and are visible to students through Blackboard's MyGrades display. 

The kinds of markups supported are:

  • Spot comments, anchored to a particular location in the student's submission.
  • Area comments, anchored to a rectangular area selected by the instructor
  • Text comments, anchored to sections of text selected by the instructor
  • Randomly placed comment box
  • Highlighting
  • Strikeout
  • Simple drawing

The grading screen, with markups in progress looks like this:

Screen shot: grading a student submission with markups, such as comments, drawing, highlights, and strikeout

A Note About File Formats

In order to use these kinds of markups, the student's submission must be a file in one of the following formats:

  • Microsoft Word (.doc, .docx)
  • Microsoft PowerPoint (.ppt, .pptx)
  • Microsoft Excel (.xls, .xlsx)
  • Adobe Acrobat/PDF (.pdf)

These kinds of markups cannot be used with text that is typed or pasted directly into the assignment submission screen by the student, nor with files of any formats other than the above. Students must understand, therefore, that they must submit their work in one of the compatible formats. For most types of assignments, this means students must submit files formatted for Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF.