Submitting to a Blackboard Assignment - FAQs

Blackboard Assignment screenshot

Submitting work to a Blackboard Assignment is generally very straightforward:

The procedure is shown in this Student’s guide to submitting assignments and viewing marks and feedback 

This page explains how the system works if if you choose the Save Draft option, or where your lecturer has allowed you to make multiple attempts.

If you have to submit work to a Blackboard Assignment, and you're confused by what you see on screen, check out these Blackboard Assignment screenshots to identify what has happened, and what you should do next.


Multiple Attempts

What is an Attempt?

An attempt is created when you press Submit on the Upload Assignment screen. This submits your assignment and Blackboard calls this an attempt.

Submitting multiple files to an assignment is not the same as making multiple attempts:

uploading multiple files

In general, if you are required to submit multiple files, you should upload and submit them all at once - when you submit an Attempt, that attempt should contain all the files which are to be marked.

If you want to upload a few files, then come back later to upload some more you should press Save Draft (see below) rather than Submit.

Am I allowed to make multiple attempts?

Blackboard doesn't give you any indication to say whether an Assignment has been set up to accept multiple attempts.

If your lecturers have not made this explicit in the assignment instructions, please check the settings with them.

How do I make a second attempt?

Go back into the Assignment and click on the link to open it. You will see a screen called ‘Review Submission History’.

A preview of your assignment will be shown on the left (if you submitted a Word, PDF, PowerPoint or Excel file).

In the right hand panel under SUBMISSION you will see a list of the files you uploaded as part of your prvious Attempt.

If you are allowed to make an additional Attempt, you will see Start New on the right-hand side of the screen.

Start a new attempt

Press Start New and then upload all of the files required for the assessment.

N.B. Make sure you upload all of the files that are required for your assignment in the new attempt, even if you are just editing one of the files.

Remember: each attempt should contain all of the files which are to be marked.

The staff member marking your work will only look at your final attempt, and if this only has some of the required files, you are liable to lose marks or even fail the assessment.

Draft submissions

Saving a Draft submission

When you go into a Blackboard Assignment on the Upload Assignment screen - even before you have uploaded any files - you will see three buttons Cancel, Save Draft and Submit:

Blackboard Assignments: Cancel, Save and Submit buttons

IMPORTANT: Your tutor will not see or mark your assignment while it is saved as a draft - you must remember to return to this screen and press Submit.


Completing a Draft submission

When you Save a Draft, you will see the blue 'Attempt in Progress' icon: Attempt in Progress icon

The file(s) you have uploaded will not be visible to staff marking the assignment until you Submit the Attempt.

To do this, go back into the assignment, and click on Continue.

Blackboard Assignment Saved as Draft

You will then be able to

When done, you can Save Draft again. Or, if you have now uploaded all required files, press Submit.

ESSENTIAL INFORMATION: Uploading a new draft of your assignment file(s)

If you upload a file using the Save as Draft option, you can later upload an updated copy of the assignment file.

It is vital that the new version of the file has a different filename from the original file.

If you upload a later version, with the same name as the original file, the online preview will still show the original draft. This means that your lecturer will mark the first draft, not the later revised version.

Therefore you MUST change the filename on your computer before uploading and submitting the newer file in Blackboard.


How can I be sure that my work has been submitted?

After pressing the Submit button, you will see a green Success message at the top of the screen. This indicates you have submitted your work:

Blackboard Assignment: Submission complete

Any files you have submitted will be listed on the right of the screen under SUBMISSION.

Any of the following file types will display in the main part of the screen:

You can go back into the Assignment at any point and view the file(s) you have submitted.

You will also receive an email receipt when you Submit to a Blackboard assignment.

The email receipt will be sent to your University email address, and will contain the following information:

Blackboard Assignment Submission Receipt

Please note:


Help - what is the assignment screen showing me?

If you have to submit work to a Blackboard Assignment, and you're confused by what you see on screen, check out these Blackboard Assignment screenshots to identify what has happened, and what you should do next.


Further help

To avoid problems when submitting work online, read Preparing for Online Submission: Checklist.

Further guidance, including a video tutorial, can be found on the Blackboard Help site.