This article will explain how to:
- submit an assignment to a Blackboard submission point
- check an assignment has successfully submitted * essential second step
- manage files for submission (file format, name, and size)
Submit an assignment to a Blackboard submission point
- Log in to Blackboard with your Hull York Medical School log in details (hyxxxx + HYMS password) by accessing the following link; http://blackboard.hyms.ac.uk.
- Select the relevant Blackboard course.
- From the left-hand course menu, select the content area where the submission point is located (often a content area called assessment or similar). The submission point link may be immediately visible on the content area, or located in a clearly marked subfolder.
- Click on the submission point link.
- Click on ‘browse local files’ 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.
- Your document will be listed as an attached file.
- Click the submit button at the bottom of the page to complete the process.
- A ‘success’ message will appear at the top of the page to indicate successful upload.
- Please now proceed to read the second step of this guide –check an assignment has successfully submitted * essential second step.
Check an assignment has successfully submitted * essential second step
As mentioned in the previous step, at the end of the submission process, a ‘success’ message will appear at the top of the submission page after you click on the submit button. This indicates successful upload.
However, there are additional checks you now need to complete.
- Ensure that any uploaded content appears as expected on the grading page after clicking submit. Please see the below screenshot of an example standard Word document upload. Click on the image to enlarge it.
- Check any content downloads as expected. Please see the link to any uploaded content under attempt, to the right of the page. From here you can click to download content.
- Check your submission receipt. Upon successful submission, a receipt is generated and will be sent to your HYMS email account as well as being available in MyGrades.
Receipts are also visible in My Grades, in submitted work. Please access the following link to see further guidance; My Grades help page. Please see the example screenshot below from the MyGrades view. Click on the image to enlarge it.
Manage files for submission (file format, name, and size)
The Blackboard assignment submission tool accepts most file types, but only Word (.doc and .docx) and Acrobat (.pdf) file formats should be used for text based assignments.
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.
It is good practice to use a concise naming convention for your documents.
- 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 (&) or + signs will cause problems when uploaded, usually resulting in an error. 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: EssayTitle_draft.doc, myFileNameFINAL.docx, essay-title_final.pdf.
You can check and reduce the size of your work. This may be necessary when submitting files to Blackboard.
Check file size
You can check on the size of your existing files by:
- PC – hover your mouse pointer over a file to see the current file size, or right click on the file and choose properties.
- Mac – click on a file to select it and use ⌘ + i
You can resize images before embedding them into your work. Please access the following links to some quick guides on how to do this with several common applications.
You can also reduce PDF file size. Please access the following link for further guidance; reduce PDF file size.
File size compression may result in some loss of quality so be careful about compressing too much. It may require a bit of trial and error to get the right balance between file size and quality.