What instructions are recommended to be provided for students when submitting online?

Automatically created Blackboard assignment submission points for summative tasks and subtasks are set up with the following information and instructions:

  • Work submitted to this submission point will be classed as your official submission. By submitting, you are certifying that this is your own work, and that the work of others is duly acknowledged and correctly referenced. You may be asked to upload your work elsewhere (e.g. Turnitin), but this will not be classed as your official submission.
  • It is YOUR responsibility to ensure that your work is successfully submitted. Always check your email receipt and the submission point to confirm your work has uploaded successfully. If there is a problem with your submission you can make changes or resubmit your work up to the given deadline. The last attempt you submit will be the attempt that is marked.
  • If you have a learning contract which states that you must submit work with a blue sticker on it, type the words from the blue sticker at the top of the front page of your work.
  • You must ensure that your work is submitted using the file format(s) specified by the Module Leader. Files must not exceed 250MB in size.
  • If you are submitting up to 24 hours after the deadline without an approved extension, you can notify us of any extenuating circumstances via the Request Extension to Submission Deadline process in My Student Record. It is important that you do this immediately following submission of your work.
  • Further guidance, including what to do if you are unable to submit, can be found on Assessment4Students.

You should retain the above information (and we recommend that you also include the same instructions for all Blackboard assignment submission points for summative tasks and subtasks that you manually create). This information can be supplemented with further instructions relevant to the assignment, including:

  • A statement of learning outcomes to be assessed and the criteria for the assessment. (NB. You might like to associate a Feedback Rubric to present this information).
  • Deadline for submission. (NB. This will normally be entered as the Due Date and Time).
  • Word limits, expectations for the layout and style of the work, a warning not to password protect files
  • Specify the permitted file types for the submission. Note the file types supported by the inline document mark-up tool (Annotate View) if you wish to annotate student papers online.
  • A reminder that filenames should use only letters, numbers, hyphens and underscores.
  • If you are an Micrososoft Edge user, ensure you do not have a copy of your work open whilst submitting your assignment to Blackboard, or better still, use an alternative browser.
  • Where else on the Blackboard site students might find other information relevant to the assignment (e.g. in the Module Documents section, elsewhere in Assessment etc.).
  • How many opportunities students have to submit their work up to their agreed deadline if only a specific number of attempts are permitted.
  • An email (and/or phone) contact for any problems.
  • An anticipated date for the return of marked work and how it will be returned. 
  • Any specialist requirements if students will be uploading media-based files.
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