Blackboard Annotate


This article provides information on Blackboard Annotate (Bb Annotate), which replaces BB "New Box View" in Inline grading for Blackboard Assignments. 



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Over the past two years, Blackboard Inline grading for Assignments has used something called “New BOX View” to apply comments and markups to a student submission. This had significantly less functions than the tool that was used before, and many educators have reached out to Blackboard expressing their concerns with the lack of functionality on this tool. The Bb Annotate tool has been developed as a replacement and is now available, containing a more intuitive layout and features for marking up and commenting on a student submission in Inline grading. 


Can I see a demonstration/instructions on how to use this Tool?

Yes! Blackboard has created documentation on what file types can be used, as well as a short instructional video. Click here to access the documentation

Here is a short (2 minute) video from Blackboard on the features and functions of Bb Annotate: 


Are there any workshops/webinars on this tool?

Blackboard is hosting 3 workshops on this tool in June 2020:

  • Tuesday, June 9 | 2:00–3:00 pm ET

  • Monday, June 15 | 9:00-10:00 pm ET

  • Monday, June 29 | 9:00–10:00 am ET

To sign up, go to this site and pick the date of the webinar you would like to attend (under option #4).


Will it work with the Blackboard and Blackboard Instructor Mobile apps?

Bb Annotate will work with the Blackboard Instructor app, but not the (student) Blackboard app.  Students should access their assignment submission through a web browser instead, to see annotations.


What will happen to assignments that were annotated through the old "New Box View" tool?

All pre-existing annotations created through New Box View have been migrated and are visible in Bb Annotate. The instructor will be able to delete annotations as well as add new comments to any existing comments that had been created using New Box View. 



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