Assignments can be submitted in the following ways:
- Entering text, using the Text Editor on the Upload Assignment page.
- Attaching files from your computer.
- A combination of both text and attached files.
When submitting an assignment, Comments may be left for your professor or instructor.
- From the Course Menu, select the Content Area that holds the assignment, which will most likely be “Assessments”.
- Click the name of the assignment.
- On the Upload Assignment page, download any files provided by your professor or instructor and complete the assignment using one or both of the following
In the Submission box, type your response. The Text Editor functions may be used to format the text and include files, images, external links, multimedia, or Mashups.
If your response to the assignment is in a separate file, click Browse My Computer and select a file to attach.
Note: The “Do not attach” option appears next to an uploaded file. If you have selected an incorrect file, you can remove it with this option.
- Optionally, comments may be entered, via the Comments box.
Note: If your professor or instructor has not allowed multiple attempts, assignments can be submitted only once. Ensure that you have attached any required files to your assignment before you click Submit.
- Click Submit.
Note: When you finish your assignment, you must click Submit. If you do not, your professor or instructor will not receive your completed assignment.
Discussion Board Forums are made up of individual discussion threads that are organized around a particular subject. Forums are created by faculty and students create the discussion threads.
How to Create a Thread
- Navigate to your course Home Page.
- From the Course Menu, click Discussion Boards , OR...
- From the Course Menu, click Tools and then click Discussion Boards.
- Select a Forum to open.
- Click Create Thread Entry.
- Enter a name for your Thread.
- Enter the text in the Entry Message text box.
- Optional - Click Browse My Computer to attach a file to the entry.
- Click Post Entry, OR...
- Click Save Entry as Draft to save the entry for later posting.
How to Reply to a Posted Thread
- Open a thread in a Forum.
- Find a post.
- Click Reply for that post.
- Enter a subject (if different than the default) and a message. It is also possible to attach files to the post. Only one file can be added using the Attachment function below the text box. When using the Text Editor, multiple files may be added.
- Click Save Draft to store a draft of the post, OR...
- Click Submit to create the thread. The new post appears in the thread underneath the original post.
Tests, Quizzes and Surveys are types of assessments that faculty may create in Blackboard to test the knowledge and skill level of the students enrolled in the course.
For tests and quizzes, the faculty member usually assigns point values to questions, and when students' answers are submitted for grading, the results are automatically recorded in Blackboard's Grade Center. Surveys are not assigned a point value, but the submission process is the same.
There are many types of questions that can be included in a Test or Survey. Common question types that are auto-graded include:
- Multiple Choice
- Fill in the Blank
Essay or Short Answer questions may also be assigned and are answered in the provided text box. These question types are manually graded by the faculty member.
How to Submit
Tests/quizzes and Surveys are typically located within the Assessments Content Area.
- Locate a test in a Content Area and click the link associated with it.
- Click Begin to take the test or survey.
Note: Faculty may choose to have students enter a password to begin taking a test or survey. If necessary, enter the password and click Submit to begin. The test continues to prompt for a valid password until the correct one is entered.
If the test/survey is timed, the remaining time appears at the top of the page
It is important that you do not use your browser's Back button during a test. This may interfere with your ability to continue the test.
Respondus Lockdown Browser & Monitor
Many of your instructors may require you to use Respondus Lockdown Browser & Monitor when taking assessments through Blackboard. Respondus Lockdown browser prevents students from printing, copying or accessing other resources during an online exam. If your professor requests that you use Respondus Lockdown Browser to take a test on Blackboard, you will not be able to access and complete the test until you download and install Respondus Lockdown Browser on your computer.
Taking an Assessment (Assignment, Quiz or Test) with the Respondus LockDown Browser
The Respondus LockDown Browser is a custom browser that locks down the testing environment for tests taken in Blackboard. If your faculty requires that you use the Respondus LockDown Browser for your test in Blackboard, you need to download and install the browser, and use it to log in to Blackboard to take the test.
While you are using Respondus LockDown Browser, you will be unable to copy, print, access other applications, visit other websites, or close the test until it is submitted. LockDown Browser functions much like a standard browser, but some options have been removed or work differently.
For example, the toolbar is modified to only include Forward, Back, Refresh, and Stop functions. Students cannot enter a web address to go to another site, and they cannot open other tabs (unless a link to another site is included within a test question). The browser is displayed full-screen and cannot be minimized, resized, or exited until the test is submitted. In addition, all printing, keyboard shortcuts, screen capture, function keys, and right-click menus are disabled.
If your faculty has enabled it, you may be able to access a calculator in the toolbar during your test. Any hyperlinks within your test will work, so that you can access the web page you need for the test, but you will not be able to navigate to other pages within the website.
Respondus LockDownn Browser is NOT currently compatible with smart phones.
Best Practices for Using Respondus Lockdown Browser in ORIGINAL View Courses
- Close all programs on your computer before opening Respondus Lockdown Browser.
- Once all the programs on your computer are closed, open Respondus Lockdown Browser.
- If Respondus Lockdown prompts you to close an open program choose YES to close any open programs.
- Once Respondus Lockdown Browser opens it will automatically navigate to the SouthArk BlackBoard website.
- Login to Blackboard.
- Click and open your course where you you need to complete your exam that requires Respondus Lockdown Browser.
- Search and click open your Test.
- Click and save your test answers.
- Click the Submit Button to submit your test.
- Close the browser opened by Respondus Lockdown Browser.
If you are having troubles and being asked for a password to open Respondus, it is because you have opened it in your web browser. You need to click on the Respondus Icon ON YOUR DESKTOP and then proceed to BlackBoard. Also, check to make sure your course is an Original View course and not an Ultra view course. If it is an Ultra view course, follow directions in the Respondus Lockdown Browser - Ultra View Course area.
Introduction to Respondus LockDown Browser for Students
Check Grades in Blackboard Learn with the Ultra Experience
Students can access grades for all of their enrolled courses from the Blackboard Portal page.
Located on the left-hand menu, click Grades menu.
A window will open with all your courses listed and the grades for each course. To see a more detailed listing of your course grades, click on Total. It will give a breakdown of each grade received. In addition to graded items, you may also see upcoming grades and submitted coursework that has not yet been graded.