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Assignments allow students to submit files to the instructor. SafeAssign is now integrated into assignments.

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About Assignments

Assignments allow you to create coursework and manage the grades and feedback for each student separately. In an assignment, you can include a description, a point value and file attachments. You can also create assignments in several courses areas, such as in a content area or folder.

Students access the assignment, type a submission or attach files and then submit it. You can respond to each student separately with comments and attached files.


SafeAssignments are similar to the Assignment tool except SafeAssign is used to investigate the originality of a student’s work.

Creating an Assignment

  1. Select any Content Area.
  2. Under Assessments select Assignment.
  3.  Complete page options.
  4.  Click Submit.

Downloading Individual Assignment Files

  1. Under Control Panel select Grade Center > Full Grade Center.
  2. Locate the assignment for a particular student.
  3. Place your cursor in the cell and click on the "down pointing" icon
  4. From the dropdown menu select View Grade Details.
  5. Select View Attempts.

The Clear Attempt button in the Assignment Information section will delete the assignment submitted by the student, your notes and feedback, and reset the grade.

Downloading Multiple Assignments

  1. Under Control Panel select Grade Center > Full Grade Center.
  2. Click on the down pointing icon next to the Assignment name.
  3. Select Assignment File Download.
  4. Click the checkbox next to students' names. You may select multiple students or check all students by clicking on the top checkbox
  5. Click Submit.
  6. Select Download assignments now.

The filename defaults to the Assignment name, and the file will be saved as a .zip file. When unzipped, you will have a small text file that contains: Student Name, Assignment Name, Date and Time submitted, Current Grade, and Comments from the student. You will also have any attached files that the student submitted.

Grading Assignments

Bb Annotate

Bb Annotate converts documents so instructors can add feedback. The conversion process may change the spacing of some document formats, including Microsoft Word. The spacing issue does not effect PDFs. Instructors can also download the original file that the student submitted.

Bb Annotate allows instructors to provide customizable feedback to students for uploaded documents. Features of Bb Annotate include a sidebar summary view, freehand drawing tools, various color selections, and much more.

Additional Information

  • Inline Assignment Grading
  • Grade Assignments Anonymously
  • Grade Multiple Attempts

Need additional help?

Use our contact form to submit a help ticket (you may be asked for your UBITName and password). After the form is submitted, a member of the UB Learns support team will follow up with you within one business day.