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05 03 Assignment Instructions For Uploading

How do I submit a Blackboard assignment?

Note: If an assignment is completed in error (i.e. submitted before it is complete) or if an incorrect file is attached, the assignment can only be reset by contacting the professor of the course. The Liberty University IT HelpDesk cannot reset any assignment in Blackboard.The following video should still assist you with your Blackboard assignments: https://www.youtube.com/embed/Cv1KOhABlBE

 

  1. Click the Course Content link in the Course Menu (left-hand side) and navigate to the specific week for your assignment.
  2. Open the Assignments folder for that week and click the title/name of your assignment to open the submission page.
    • Note: If you have a View/Complete link then this is a SafeAssign assignment and there will be a slightly different process.  For more information on submitting a SafeAssign assignment please see the section below.
  3. The second section on the assignment will be titled Assignment Submission. In this step you can attach your assignment by clicking the Browse My Computer button to the right of Attach File. In the new window that will open, locate your assignment on your computer, click it once to highlight it, and then click Open. This will attach the document to your Submission form. File names must be less than 30 characters and should not contain special symbols other than hyphens and underscores.
  4. The file you just uploaded will now appear under the heading Attached Files. If you would like to add an additional file, repeat the process in the previous step.
  5. To remove a file that has been attached just click on the Do not attach link next to the file name under Attached Files.
  6. Please type any comments necessary in the Comments field in third section.
  7. When you have attached all the files you need to upload: click Submit to send/upload your completed assignment (files) and the comments to your instructor.

 

Attachment not showing or not uploading?

Recently the IT HelpDesk has discovered that a third party software called Sendori may block the ability to access the Liberty website as well as prevent the ability to attach files. To remove this malware, please use an antivirus software such as Microsoft Security Essentials (Windows 7), Microsoft Defender (Windows 8 and 10), or Sophos if using a Mac.

Similarly, an attachment might not show up/be visible when attempting to attach when using Microsoft Edge. Even if the attachment is visible before submission, the submission may be shown as blank within Blackboard after submission. For these reasons, we recommend against using Microsoft Edge to complete work within Blackboard.

Note: If an assignment is completed in error (i.e. submitted before it is complete) or if an incorrect file is attached, the assignment can only be reset by contacting the professor of the course.

 

How to Submit through SafeAssign?

Students can attach a document from their PC or copy and paste the text of their document into the text editor and submit through SafeAssign. Be careful when submitting through the text editor, as the assignment may be required to submit in a document form. To view more information click here.

  1. Click the Course Content link in the Course Menu (left-hand side) and navigate to the specific week for your assignment.
  2. Open the Assignment folder for that week and click on the View/Complete link. The assignment will have a large green check mark on the left-hand side.
    • Note: If you click the View/Complete link and you are brought to the main Blackboard page or you receive an HTTPS 500 error please contact your professor and ask him/her to sync the SafeAssign link in Blackboard.
    • Note: Some SafeAssign assignments do not have View/Complete but when you click on them will have a SafeAssign identifier at the top of the submission area. Therefore you will need to click on the name of the assignment to submit.
  3. Under the second step titled Your Files, there is a section that says File To Attach. Click the Browse... button to the right of File To Attach. In the new window that will open, locate your assignment on your computer, click it once to highlight it, and then click Open. This will attach the document to your Submission form. File names must be less than 30 characters and should not contain special symbols other than hyphens and underscores.
  4. You may only submit one document to a SafeAssign link. SafeAssign will accept only these file types: .doc, .docx, .ppt, .pptx, .odt, .txt, .rtf, .pdf, .html. If you need to submit more than one document you may combine these documents into a compressed folder (.zip) and then submit.
  5. The name of the file will now show up directly to the right of the Browse... button.
  6. If you accidentally selected the wrong document - and you have not yet clicked on the Submit button - then you can attach a different document by clicking the Browse... button again and selecting a different document. This will clear out the previous document selection and instead attach the new document you have selected.
  7. Please type any comments necessary in the Comments field.
  8. When you have the correct document selected to attach and have filled in your comments then you may click Submit to send your completed assignment and the comments to SafeAssign.

 

 

Note: These instructions are for students.

Click on one of the following links for more information:

Group Assignments: Submitting Group Assignments follows the same procedure as submitting individual assignments. Only one person from your group should submit the group’s completed assignment. 


What are Assignments?

Canvas considers any graded item as an assignment. Instructors can also set up non-graded assignments. These include:

  • Assignments: An Assignment is a Canvas assignment that can be submitted online through text entry, file uploads, media recordings, Google Docs, URLs, or Canvas pages. 
  • Discussions: A Discussion is a Canvas assignment will grade student response to discussion topics. 
  • Exams and Quizzes: An Exam or Quiz is a Canvas assignment that can be used to conduct a survey or assess a student's comprehension of course content.
  • Not Graded: A Not Graded assignment is a Canvas assignment with a due date, but no points or grades will be given for completing the assignment. 

What are the different assignment submission types?

Your instructor will decide what kinds of submissions are acceptable. The instructor may allow students to:

  • Upload a File: For example, this would be used to submit a Microsoft Word file. Instructors can also limit the file types (i.e. .docx or .doc) that will be accepted for submission. If these file types limitations are set for an assignment, students will only be able to submit the allowed file types.
  • Submit a Text Entry: This assignment must be typed directly into the LMS, no file attachments can be submitted. It is strongly recommended that you type the assignment in Microsoft Word first and save it to your computer. For example, this would be used to submit text for a Journal Assignment entry.
  • Enter a Website URL: For example, this would be used when students are required to upload a video to YouTube and submit a link to it for the instructor to review.
  • Submit Media for an Assignment: For example, this option would be used when students are required to record a short video of themselves.
  • Submit a Google Doc for an Assignment: This assignment must be submitted as a Google Doc. For example, this option would be used when students are required to collaborate on a paper using the Collaboration tool and Google Docs. 

Instructors may allow one, several or all of these options for student assignment submissions. Full details of an assignment and assignment submission information are included in the Overview for the week in which it is introduced. 


How to View Assignments

  1. In your course in Canvas, click on Assignments in the Course Navigation.
     
  2. On the Assignments page, a list of Assignments (if available) will be available. 
    • Assignments are grouped by Upcoming Assignments and Past Assignments. 
    • The due date and point value (i.e. Out of 100 points) are listed for each assignment.
  3. Full details of an assignment are included in the Overview for the week in which it is introduced.

Note: Assignments are also accessible in Modules.  


How to Submit an Assignment using the File Upload Option

  1. In your course in Canvas, click on Assignments in the Course Navigation. 
  2. On the Assignments page, click on the title of an assignment.
  3. You may see a rubric to help guide your work (if provided by the instructor). You may also see the following assignment details:
    • Due date
    • Total points
    • Submission types
    • File types
    • Availability dates
  4. Click on the Submit Assignment button. 
  5. On the File Upload tab, click on the Upload File button and select a file to attach. 
     
  6. To add another file attachment, click on Add Another File. Repeat until all required file attachments have been added. 
    • Note: If you have more than one file to attach, be sure to add all required file attachments before clicking Submit. Once you click Submit, you will NOT be able to go back and add another file attachment. 
    • To remove a file attachment, click on the red X next to the file attachment. 
  7. To add a comment, click in the Comments field and type a comment to the instructor (optional).
  8. Click on the Submit Assignment button to submit assignment. 

How to Submit an Assignment using the Text Entry Option

This assignment must be typed directly into the LMS, no file attachments can be submitted. It is strongly recommended that you type the assignment in Microsoft Word first and save it to your computer.

  1. In your course in Canvas, click on Assignments in the Course Navigation. 
  2. On the Assignments page, click on the title of an assignment.
  3. You may  see a rubric to help guide your work (if provided by the instructor). You may also see the following assignment details:
    • Due date
    • Total points
    • Submission types
    • File types
    • Availability dates
  4. Click on the Submit Assignment button. 
  5. On the Text Entry tab, in the Text Entry text box, type or copy and paste your text from Microsoft Word. You can format your entry and add media, links, photos, and/or equations using the Rich Content Editor. 
     
  6. To add a comment, click in the Comments field and type a comment to the instructor (optional).
  7. Click on the Submit Assignment button to submit assignment. 

How to Submit an Assignment using the Website URL Option

  1. In your course in Canvas, click on Assignments in the Course Navigation. 
  2. On the Assignments page, click on the title of an assignment.
  3. You may see a rubric to help guide your work (if provided by the instructor). You may also see the following assignment details:
    • Due date 
    • Total points
    • Submission types
    • File types
    • Availability dates
  4. Click on the Submit Assignment button. 
     
  5. On the Website URL tab, in the Website URL text box, type or copy and paste your URL. 
     
  6. To add a comment, click in the Comments field and type a comment to the instructor (optional).
  7. Click on the Submit Assignment button to submit assignment.

How to Submit an Assignment using the Media Option

  1. In your course in Canvas, click on Assignments in the Course Navigation. 
  2. On the Assignments page, click on the title of an assignment.
  3. You may see a rubric to help guide your work (if provided by the instructor). You may also see the following assignment details:
    • Due date
    • Total points
    • Submission types
    • File types
    • Availability dates
  4. Click on the Submit Assignment button. 
  5. On the Media tab, click on the Record/Upload Media button. 
     
  6. On the Record Media tab, you have the option to record video [1] or audio [2] to upload to the assignment.
     
  7. To record video:
  8. To record audio:
  9. To upload an audio or video file: You can upload audio [1] or video [2] files to your assignment. The process is the same for both.
    • Click on Select Audio File [1] or Select Video File [2]. 
    • A pop-up window will appear in your browser. Select the file you would like to upload and click Open to begin uploading the file.
    • Monitor the file upload. The uploading process will finish automatically.
  10. View the media comment as part of the text entry.
  11. To add a comment, click in the Comments field and type a comment to the instructor (optional).
  12. Click on the Submit Assignment button to submit assignment.

View Submission

  • After you have submitted your work, you will see information in the Sidebar about your past submission. 
  • If you choose, you may resubmit another version of your assignment using the Re-submit Assignment link [2]. You will only be able to view the details of your most recent submission in the Sidebar, but your instructor will be able to see all of your submissions.
  • Once the instructor has graded your submission, you will be notified via the channels that you specify in your Notification Preferences.
  • You can also see details about your assignment and links to additional feedback in the Gradebook.

More information and step-by-step instructions can be found in the Canvas Guides by Instructure.

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