Blackboard has replaced the Box View inline grading tool with a new tool called Bb Annotate. Bb Annotate offers a more robust feature set for instructors to provide customizable feedback to students when grading assignment submissions. Features include a sidebar summary view, freehand drawing tools, various color selections, and much more.

Watch this video for an overview tour of the new Bb Annotate Tool.

FAQs – Transitioning to Bb Annotate for Inline Assignment Grading

When will Harper receive Bb Annotate?
The anticipated release date is May 25, 2020, so Harper instructors will start seeing it sometime after that date.

Will there be any downtime required with the transition to Bb Annotate?
According to Blackboard there is no planned downtime when Bb Annotate is enabled. The file migration will begin starting sometime after the May 25 release date and could take a few days before all files are migrated to the new format.

What will users see during the migration?
All pre-existing annotations created through Box View will be migrated and visible in Bb Annotate. When a user accesses an annotated file during the migration, it will take a little bit longer to load but will be displayed in the new Bb Annotate viewer. If a user is actively annotating a file using Box View during the migration, the file will not migrate to Bb Annotate until the user has completed that session. Upon loading the submission file again, it will display in the Bb Annotate viewer. Users will be able to delete annotations as well as add new comments to any existing comment created using Box View.

Will it work with the Blackboard and Blackboard Instructor Mobile apps?
Bb Annotate will work with the Blackboard Instructor app, but not the Blackboard app. Students should access their assignment submission through a web browser instead to see annotations. In the Blackboard app, print and download aren’t working properly.  Users can print or download through a web browser instead.

How can I learn more about the new Bb Annotate Tool?
Blackboard is hosting “Getting Started with Bb Annotate: Inline Assignment Grading in Blackboard Learn” webinars. Learn more and register for the webinars here.

Blackboard has also developed these resources with all relevant information about inline assignment grading with the new Bb Annotate tool:

Questions? Please fill out the Online Instruction Support form and an Academy staff member will follow-up with you.