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How do you upload assignments to Blackboard?

Your professor may give you many different types of "assignment" in Blackboard.  Different types of assignment require different submission techniques.  Read the instructor's directions!

Sometimes an instructor will use Blackboard only to tell you about the assignment, but will expect you to turn it in on paper in class.  Other times the instructor may have a Blackboard assignment that requires you to

  • take an online quiz or fill out a survey in Blackboard
  • submit a writing exercise (e.g. a term paper) using SafeAssign; SafeAssign first checks the work for possible plagiarism then accepts it for grading
  • write a posting on a class discussion, perhaps with an attached file containing a document you have written
  • etc.

Assignments using the "Assignment" tool

One common type of assignment uses the Blackboard "assignment" tool, which is designed to allow instructors to accept term papers and similar writing assignments on line.

Usually for this type of assignment the instructor will provide directions that include the topic, expected length of the essay, the format the essay should be in (e.g. a Word document or a PDF file), and how to submit it.

When you have finished your assignment and are ready to upload it you need to find the llink that the instructor placed in the coursesite.  It could be in the "Assignments" section, in "Course Documents," or someplace else. It will have an icon that looks like a piece of paper with a pencil and a ruler.

If you have trouble finding where the assignment link is in Blackboard you should contact your instructor for help with finding it.


Watch a tour (from Blackboard Inc.) on how to submit an assignment.

Troubleshooting Tips for Uploading Assignments on Blackboard:

  • If you are getting an error message when you upload an attachment, the first thing to check is the file name. To avoid problems, a file should be named using only letters, digits, dashes, and underscores, and should have file extensions that specify the type. You should avoid files with names like "33 1/3%" or "Lecture Notes 2/2/04". Use names like "one_third.doc" or "lecture-notes-2-2-04.ppt" instead. Be especially careful to avoid spaces at the beginnings of file names – they are easy to include by accident, and hard to notice unless you are looking for them.
  • Most issues with Blackboard are browser-related and can be solved by either switching to a different browser or clearing your browser's cache. Blackboard is compatible with both Mac and PC, but it does require a fairly modern web browser, with cookies, JavaScript, Java, and SSL enabled.
  • Browsers are constantly changing. Visit our browser check page to see if your browser is on the list of those we think work well with blackboard, or see our list of recommended browsers.
  • Any easy way to tell if you have browser problems is to try logging in from a computer in the Library; if you can log in from the library but not from home, then it's definitely a configuration problem on your home machine.
  • Sometimes, if you have been logged in to Blackboard for a while, it will automatically log you out resulting in an error message so if you get an error message with something like Access Denied or Not Authorized, check to make sure you are still logged in to Blackboard and then try again.

Troubleshooting For Uploading a SafeAssign Document:

The troubleshooting instructions for a regular document, as previously described, apply for SafeAssign as well so check those tips in addition to the following:

  • Potential Browser issues: SafeAssign can be used (more or less) with Safari with one settings change. In Safari go to “Safari”->”Preferences…”, click on the “Privacy” tab and change “Block Cookies” to “Never”.
  • Unlike normal Assignments, SafeAssign restricts your submissions to specific file formats such as PDF, DOC, DOCX, ODT, and RTF. If you have a writing document to submit to SafeAssign, please confirm it is one of the acceptable file formats listed on the file upload screen.


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Created by not on Jun 18, 2012 Last updated Oct 23, 2013