Inline Grading for Assignments in Blackboard

The Inline Grading view for Blackboard Assignments has been a convenient way to grade student submissions directly in the browser. Behind the scenes, that has used Crocodoc to display the submission within the browser. Unfortunately, acquired Crocodoc in 2013, and was discontinued as of January 15, 2018. 

Fortunately, Blackboard has updated the inline grading service to leverage the New Box View API. It offers several improvements over Crocodoc, including improved rendering fidelity and expanded support for new file types. While there are a few differences between the two services, the new Box View will still provide a simple and convenient way to view and annotate on student Assignment submissions. In addition, existing student work in Crocodoc will be migrated to the new Box View, and will continue to be available.

Questions and Answers

Why did the inline grading feature change from Crocodoc to Box View? purchased Crocodoc in 2013, and has announced that Crocodoc was shut down as of January 15, 2018. Switching to the New Box View allowed for seamless use of the inline grading feature.

When I view a student's attempt, I see a message that says "The file is being converted. The estimated wait time is __ seconds." I waited, but the file was never displayed. How can I see the student's file?

This message indicates that the file is being processed, but the file is not automatically displayed once it has been processed. You can refresh your browser or navigate to another student submission and back, and should be able to view the submission. This is usually instantaneous, regardless of the estimated wait time given, but may take longer for very large files.

I'm using Safari on a Mac, and I can't see the New Box View.

Safari's default security setting is most likely blocking the cookie that needs to be set to be able to see the New Box View (this is particularly true if your Mac has been upgraded to High Sierra). You will need to update the Privacy preferences temporarily to allow the cookie to be saved.

To update the Privacy Preferences:

  1. Open Safari
  2. Click the Safari menu
  3. Click Preferences
  4. Click Privacy
  5. Uncheck the boxes for Prevent cross-site tracking and Ask websites not to track me

Now you can return to Blackboard, view an Assignment submission, and correctly see the New Box View. Once you have successfully loaded the New Box View, you can return to the Privacy settings and check the boxes for Prevent cross-site tracking and Ask websites not to track me again.

Why can't I download the student submission with the annotations on it?

Unfortunately, the Box View API does not support downloading a PDF with the annotations. Blackboard has suggested it to Box as an enhancement of the service. In the meantime, the only way to view annotations is within the browser.

I can see my student's submission, but why can't I add any comments to it?

The Box View for inline grading can display a wide variety of file types within the browser, but only allows annotation on a smaller set of file types. It is likely that your student submitted a file type that can be displayed but not annotated. You can add your comments in the Feedback to Learner field in the grading toolbar to the right.

These file types are supported for point-based comments: .doc, .docx, .ppt, .pptx, .pdf, .ai, .bmp, .dcm, .eps, .gif, .png, .ps, .psd, .svs, .tga, .tif, and .tiff

These file types are supported for highlighting with comments: .doc, .docx, .ppt, .pptx, and .pdf


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Last Updated: 1/31/2018