Submitting Assignments in Blackboard

Example Blackboard Assignment LinkInstructors may require you to submit papers electronically through special assignment links in your Blackboard course. To submit an assignment, please review the steps outlined below.

If you experience a technical problem when submitting an assignment, contact your instructor immediately and review the Assignment Troubleshooting Tips.


Step One: Use a Word Processing Program to Create a Document

To complete an assignment, it is a best practice to use Microsoft Word, Mac Pages, or Google Docs to create a document file. You can then send the file to your instructor through an assignment submission link in the course. Please review these guidelines to help ensure that you create a document file or link that can be submitted successfully through Blackboard:

  • File Format - Save or export your document in a supported format, such as .DOCX, .PPTX, .XLSX, or .PDF. This ensures that your instructor will be able to open your file and that the file will load in the assignment's document preview window.
  • File Name - File names must be under 72-characters in length and should not have blank spaces or special characters. Example: asterisk-annie-paper1.docx
  • File Extension - If you are using a Mac computer to create your file, make sure that your file has a file extension assigned to it.
  • File Size Limit - Blackboard will not accept files larger than 250 MB. If your file is larger than this, please compress your file or use Google Drive to host and share files by link:

Step Two: Submit Your Assignment in Blackboard

Assignments in Blackboard will appear as file submission links that are labeled with the assignment icon Assignment Icon. The submission process is similar to sending an e-mail with an attached file. Watch the video below or read the instructions as a downloadable PDF document to review the submission process. Additional information is available if your instructor plans to use SafeAssign with Blackboard Assignments.

Step Three: Check your Course's My Grades Area

Once you have submitted your assignment, please check your My Grades tool to verify that the assignment was recieved by your course's Grade Center. To learn more about My Grades, watch the video below orĀ read the instructions as a downloadable PDF document. To download annotations added to a document through Box View, see these instructions.