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Within the Grade Center, Instructors can view student submissions 'inline', within the web browser. So, instead of requiring Instructors to download student-submitted files or view those submissions in other applications, Instructors will now be able to view student submitted files 'inline', within the browser, without requiring any plug-ins, applets, or client-side applications.

Annotation tools are available as part of the inline viewer, enabling Instructors to provide feedback (add comment, highlight, draw or add annotations) directly on the inline view of the document.

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Instructor Submission View

The submitted document is converted to a format that is viewable inside the web browser. Supported document types include Word (.doc, .docx), PowerPoint (.ppt, .pptx), Excel (.xls,.xlsx), and PDF (.pdf). The converted document is displayed in a viewer on the Grade Assignment page. Formatting and embedded images of the original document are preserved in the conversion. The inline viewer is powered by a third-party technology called Crocodoc, see below.


If the student uploads an assignment that is not supported by the inline format, then instead of seeing the converted document in the viewer, the Instructor will be prompted to download the file.

  • The Annotation Toolbar in the viewer has the following functions:


  • Example of the Annotation Toolbar in inline marking:


  • Adding Grade and Grade comment.
    Please note

    Marks are added in the 'Attempt' field. Blackboard treats each upload as an individual attempt. The attempt mark will populate the grade field.


  • Once feedback has been added, the instructor can either download the original submission or an annotated PDF version.
    Please note

    Select the download icon to download individual submissions!


Student Submitted View

The student's view of of their submission also changes in My Grades. Here is an example of what the student now view when they select 'My Grades':