Blackboard Assignments

Be sure to carefully read and follow any directions from your instructor. Instructors control which tools will be used in their Blackboard classes and set the assignment requirements. 

How do I submit an assignment using the Assignments Tool in Blackboard?

Some instructors use the assignment submission features built into Blackboard. An instructor may have also attached a file for the students to work on prior to submission. When students click a Assignment link, they will see the instructor's directions for typing a response and/or attaching a file. Generally, to submit an assignment using the Assignments tool in Blackboard:

Locate the assignment in the course, and click the name of the assignment.

On the Upload Assignment page, review the instructions. Download, save and rename any files provided by your instructor. Make a note of the location that you saved the file and make sure it's not just a temporary file download location.

If your instructor has included an assignment rubric, you'll see a View Rubric Link. Information and Help with Rubrics.

Complete the assignment following the instructions provided by your instructor: The content editor box can be used to type and format text, add files, images, links, multimedia and more. If your response to the assignment is in a separate file, click “Browse My Computer”. Locate and select the file you want to add.  If you have more than one file to submit, make sure you do so at the same time.

  • Be sure to follow any instructions that your instructor provided for naming your file.
  • Be sure to follow any instructions that your instructor provided for acceptable file most word processing programs allow you to save as .rtf (rich text format), a file type which can be opened by many word processing programs.  
  • If you are having problems adding a file: try renaming the file. Don't use special characters such as ?, !, #, /, %,: * or \ . Don't use symbols or blank spaces in the filename. Use only letters and numbers in the document name.
  • Try to keep the filename short - it should be less than 32 characters.
  • Attaching really large files, over 250 MB at one time, may cause issues. Also, networks may have limitations causing issues when uploading very large files. 

Option: You can type comments to your instructor in the Comments box.

Click “Submit”. When you finish your assignment, you must click “Submit”. If you do not, your instructor will not receive your completed assignment. A success message appears, confirming the assignment submission.

When the student submits the assignment, the instructor can read, make comments on, and evaluate through the Gradebook.

I did an assignment in Blackboard, so why can't the instructor find it?

The Assignment feature has both "Save" and a "Submit" buttons. "Save" means that you plan to continue to work on the assignment. Your instructor cannot see your assignment until you click "Submit". When you have completed an assignment, be sure to click "Submit" so that your instructor receives the assignment. 

How do I email an assignment to an instructor?

If your instructor allows assignments to be submitted by email, you can send email directly from within Blackboard or through your student email account.


Some instructors use SafeAssign to help students avoid plagiarism and learn to attribute sources.

SafeAssign error message: "Sorry, we do not think you are logged in to SafeAssign. Your session may have timed out. If you have received this message in error, please contact your system administrator."

If you get this error and you are logged into Blackboard, it is probably because the security/privacy settings on your web browser are set up to not allow 3rd party cookies. You should set your web browser to allow 3rd party cookies, then submit the assignment.  

Why am I sent back to myBlackboard page when trying to submit a SafeAssign Assignment?

Contact your instructor or the help desk if this occurs.Your instructor may need to sync the class with SafeAssign.

Why am I getting a 404 error, blank screen, or other error message when trying to submit my assignment or add a file to a discussion post?

The most common reason is that your filename contains special characters such as ?, !, #, /, %,: * or \ .Don't use symbols or blank spaces in the filename. Keep the filename short - it should be less than 32 characters. Use only letters, numerals, and underscores in the document name.

If you rename the file, you should be able to upload the item to Blackboard.

How do create and add my multimedia (audio/video) assignment to Blackboard? 

How do I work in groups in Blackboard? - video

How do I work with the content editor? video

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