Blackboard Assignment - Inline Annotation Grading in New Box View

Crocodoc to New Box View Transition

Blackboard’s use of Crocodoc as an inline annotation grading assignment tool is being decommissioned on January 15, 2018 by Box, Inc. Blackboard was updated on December 20th to provide a seamless upgrade experience for users to the New Box View as a replacement for Crocodoc. All Crocodoc data is being migrated behind the scenes and end-user experience is very similar between Crocodoc and New Box View. New Box View offers several improvements over Crocodoc, including improved rendering fidelity and expanded support for new file types.

Comparison of Crocodoc and New Box View

This table compares the two annotaion services.

Functions and Details Crocodoc New Box View

File types for conversion

PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS, XLSX, DOC, and DOCX Over 100 different file types, including video, audio, image, and programming code
File Types and Fonts Supported in Box Content Preview
File types for annotations PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS, XLSX, DOC, and DOCX PDF, PPT, PPTX, DOC, and DOCX

New Box View also supports only point-based annotations on these file formats: AI, BMP, DCM, EPS, GIF, PNG, PS, PSD, SVS, TGA, TIF, and TIFF

Videos and images displayed

No Yes

Course areas

Original assignments Original assignments

Annotation types

Text- and point-based comments, highlighting, and drawing Point-based comments and highlighting

Download

You can download a copy of a student file with the option to download in the original format or in a PDF version that includes the annotations You can download a copy of a student file, but annotations won’t appear

Print function

No Yes (Annotations will not be printed)

Students

Can’t add annotations to documents Can’t add annotations to documents
Bb Grader Can add annotations to documents Can add annotations to documents with workaround
Annotate submissions in Bb Grader app 

https://help.blackboard.com/Learn/Instructor/Assignments/Grade_Assignments/Crocodoc_to_New_Box_View

 

Working with Annotations in New Box View

New Box View will completely replace the optional Crocodoc feature for assignments in your Blackboard courses, with the same general workflows and interface elelemnts. You will see some slight differences in the interface, primarily more streamlined buttons and options. The images below displays the old and new interfaces side by side.

Comparison of Old and new interface. Old has comments on side while new interface displays in a pop-up window.

Learn more: https://help.blackboard.com/Learn/Instructor/Assignments/Grade_Assignments/Crocodoc_to_New_Box_View

Box Point Comments

When grading student submissions on a Blackboard assignment, you can use the optional inline annotation grading tool. 

  1. To start, click the speech bubble icon in the top menu bar (see 1 below).
  2. Click on an area that you would like to post a comment (see 2 below).
  3. Type your comments in the "Add a comment here..." textbox (see 3 below).
  4. Click Post when you are done (see 4 below).
  5. IMPORTANT: Once a comment has been posted, it cannot be edited. To change a comment, first remove it by clicking the blue speech bubble icon to open the comment and clicking the trash can to delete it. Re-add your comment following the instructions above.
  6. A student can navigate between the blue point comments by using tab on the keyboard. 
    • Use tab key to select one of the blue point comments then click enter to display comments.
    • Use the tab key again to move to the next blue point comment and click enter again to display.
    • Comments will cycle in the order that they were added to the document and not necessarily in sequential order.

Pont based comments. label 1 in upper right corner with speech bubble icon. Label 2 speech bubble above text in middle of page. Label 3 inside textbox . Label 4 Post button on bottom right of cancel.

Box Highlight Comments

  1. To start, click and drag your mouse over the text you wish to highlight and comment on (see 1 below).
  2. Click the speech bubble icon that appears (see 2 below). 
  3. Type your comments in the "Add a comment here..." textbox (see 3 below).
  4. Click Post when you are done (see 4 below) .
  5. IMPORTANT: Once a comment has been posted, it cannot be edited. To change a comment, first remove it by clicking the blue speech bubble icon to open the comment and clicking the trash can to delete it. Re-add your comment following the instructions above.

label 1 highlighted in purple. Label 2 speech bubble icon next to text. Label 3 textbox. Label 4 Post button right of Cancel on bottom.

NOTES

  1. If the student's submission does not immediately appear and you see a download icon instead or a message "This file is being converted. The estimated wait time is 1 seconds", refresh your browser page to force the file to display.
  2. The comments you add are saved as soon as you click "Post". However to save anything that you have entered into the "Feedback to Learner" box in the right pane of Blackboard, click Save Draft (during marking) or Submit (when completed). 
    • Your marking session will automatically expire and close after one hour of inactivity. Comments added in the right pane will be lost when session expires if it has not been saved or submitted.
  3. To delete comments, click on the blue speech bubble icon within the text or the highlight to show the comment and then click on the trash bin icon.
  4. Some special characters do not show as expected in the the comments (limited list: ~; !; "; $; %; &; *; {; }; -; _; +; =; [; ]; ;; :; @; '; #; <; >; ,; .; ?; /; |; |). 
  5. You can download a copy of the submitted assignment by clicking the download icon in the top right, but this will not include any of the comments that were added.
  6. There is no longer the option to strike-through or to draw on student submissions.
  7. You still have the option to use the following Blackboard grading features:
    • Any associated feedback rubrics.
    • Type detailed feedback or attach a document containing feedback
    • Download the student's original file if you wish to review, annotate or generate feedback offline before reattaching as feedback.Options for feedback rubric, Attempts grade, type detailed feedback, click to download student's original file,and submit option.

Details

Article ID: 44228
Created
Mon 12/11/17 2:34 PM
Modified
Tue 8/7/18 11:30 AM