F.A.Q. for the ‘Assignments’ Category

My students say that they cannot see my Blackboard files, but I can see them fine from my view of Blackboard. What is going on?

Be sure that you check that the item (Word document, PowerPoint, and PDF files) is available in the course

To check this:

  1. Go to the item in Blackboard, and click Edit in the drop down arrow to the right of the Item’s title.
  2. Look in Step 3 of edit item, and be sure that ‘Yes’ is selected next to Permit Users to View this Content.
  3. Be sure your Date and Time Restrictions, if used, are also correct.

If the permission settings appear to be okay:

It could be that the Link Title names for some of your Blackboard items do not match the File name of the file. You can in Blackboard change the Link Titles but this feature is not working properly.

To check this (see image #1) below

  1. Go to the item in Blackboard, and click Edit in the drop down arrow to the right of the Item’s title.
  2. Look in Step 2, and be sure that for all the files the File Names and Link Titles Match

If the File Names and Link Titles are different, students may not be able to see the file.

To fix this issue, re-post the files but not change the file Link Title names:

  1. Go to Blackboard and to the section/location to where the broken files are. Click the arrow to the right of the item’s title, choose Edit
  2. Go to step 2 on the edit item screen and right click on the attached files link and choose “Save link as” or “Save target as” and download the file to your computer (where you can easily find it). Your are downloading the original file so that you have a copy to re-post to Blackboard.
  3. Click the Mark for removal to the right of link (the broken one) you just downloaded
  4. Click the “Browse my course” button to reattach the file you just downloaded. After the file is attached, Do not change the Link Title! This is what “breaks” the item.
  5. Repeat for each file attached in the item, and click Submit at the bottom of the screen.

For a visual representation of Steps 2-4, see image #2 below.

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How can students submit assignments to me through Blackboard?

You can use the Assignment tool in Blackboard to create an area that students can upload assignments to. Assignments are collected in the Blackboard Grade Center and are organized by student, by assignment.

For important details on using this tool, visit the Blackboard Tools and Strategies Blackboard site.