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Blackboard assignment submission guide

This article will explain how to submit an assignment to a Blackboard submission point.

We strongly advise that you familiarise yourself with this Blackboard submission guide well in advance of your assignment deadlines.

When submitting your work, please make sure you:

  • Give yourself enough time to submit – allow time for any unforeseen circumstances
  • Close the file you’re submitting (as submitting a file that’s open can cause issues)
  • Where possible, submit using Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox – do not submit work using Internet Explorer. This browser is no longer supported by Blackboard
  • Submit your assignment via the online system – do not use the Blackboard mobile app for assignment submission
  • Check your work after it’s being submitted – navigate back to the submission point to check your work has submitted as expected
  • Check you have received a submission receipt from the system (this is your evidence that you have submitted work). However, it is not evidence that you have submitted correctly. If the submission receipt displays the file size of 0 bytes, this indicates the file has not submitted correctly. 

Please note that it is the student’s responsibility to check that documents have uploaded properly on Blackboard, otherwise penalties for late submission will apply.

Submitting an assignment

Follow the step on how to submit an assignment to a Blackboard submission point:

  1. Log in to HYMS Blackboard.
  2. Select the relevant Blackboard course.
  3. From the left-hand navigation panel, navigate to where in the course the submission point is located (please familiarise yourself with this prior to submission). This is often in a folder within a course area named assessments or evaluations.
  4. Click on the submission point link.
  5. Click on browse my computer and navigate to where your document is on your computer. Select the document and attach. *You can also now drag and drop documents to attach them. Select your document and drag and drop it within the dotted lines in the attach files field.                                           

    As mentioned, ensure the file is not still open on your device when you upload. This can result in issues with uploading correctly.

  6. Your document will be listed as an attached file.listed attached file on Blackboard submission point upload
  7. submit button on Blackboard submission upload pageClick the submit button at the bottom of the page to complete the process.
  8. A ‘success’ message will appear at the top of the page to indicate successful upload. Blackboard success message for assignment upload
  9. Now ensure that any uploaded content appears as expected. Please see the below screenshot of an example standard Word document upload. Click on the image to enlarge it.example submission
  10. You can also check any content downloads as expected. Please see the link to any uploaded content under attempt, to the right of the page.uploaded submission link
  11. Upon successful submission, an email receipt is generated and will be sent to your HYMS email account. Emails will be queued by Blackboard and could take several minutes before they are received. Please view the below example screenshot and click on the image to enlarge it.Blackboard submission receipt
  12. As explained above, if you have uploaded content, please ensure you check details such as the file name and the file size of the upload – that this is as expected. In particular, that there has been no error during upload resulting in an issue such as an empty document upload (the file size would say ‘0 bytes’ if this had occurred). Please see the below example screenshot of where to find this information on the receipt.

    *This is not to be confused with ‘size of written submission’ which refers to content written directly in the text box on the upload page (writing in the text box on the upload page is not standard practice at HYMS).Blackboard submission receipt
  13. These receipts are also visible in My Grades, in submitted work. Please view our help page for My Grades. Please see the example screenshot below from the My Grades view. Click on the image to enlarge it.Blackboard submission receipt

Additional guidance

File formats

The Blackboard assignment tool accepts most file types, but only Word (.doc and .docx) and Acrobat (.pdf) file formats should be used for text based assignments (essays etc.).

If you are not using Microsoft Word to create your document then you may need to ‘save as’ and select either the .doc, .docx or .pdf file format as the file type for your document to be saved as.

Alternatively you can print to PDF.  Select print. In the print options where you select which printer to print to, there may be an option to select PDF file as the print output.

File names

When creating your files, it is good practice to use a concise naming convention for your documents. Word will usually just select the document’s title or first line of text as the file name, which will usually be quite long.

Keep file names as concise as possible while still being meaningful (there is a maximum limit to file names in Blackboard).

Only use dashes (-) or underscores (_) for punctuation. Characters such as ampersands (&) will cause problems when uploaded, usually resulting in an error.

Note: instead of punctuation, you could capitalise the first letter of each individual word in the file name, this makes file names without spaces easy to read e.g., ThisIsMyFile.doc.

Examples of good file names:




File size

There are limits to the size of files that can be uploaded to Blackboard, so it is good practice to keep your files as lean as possible (max 20mb).

There are a number of ways that you can do this. Crop and resize all images before embedding them into windows. Resizing an image in Word or PowerPoint once inserted just alters its display size not the actual file size (max 600 pixels on its longest edge). Here are links to some quick guides on how to do this, using several common applications.

If you already have a file with lots of uncropped or large images in, Microsoft Word has a compress feature. This will optimise the file and its inserted images.

Note: even if you have already cropped/resized your images, performing this could further reduce your final file size.

Anonymising your work before submission

If you ever need to anonymise your file prior to a submission, this guide shows you how:

Ensuring your work is anonymised

Updated on 09/02/2021

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