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Bb Annotate

Blackboard Learn will be replacing the New Box View integration with a new tool called Bb Annotate for Inline Assignment Grading. Bb Annotate will offer a more robust feature set to provide customizable feedback to learners, which includes a sidebar summary view, freehand drawing tools, various color selections, and much more.

Timeline: Our migration to Bb Annotate occurred on Monday, June 1, 2020. The migration process could take several hours to days depending on the number of files that need to be migrated from New Box View to Bb Annotate.

Instructor Resources:

Bb Learn Help: Grade student work with Bb Annotate!

Video (YouTube): Bb Annotate Overview in Blackboard Learn

Quick Start Guide (MS Word): Bb Annotate Quick Start Guide for Instructors

Blackboard Webinar:

Getting Started with Bb Annotate: Inline Assignment Grading in Blackboard Learn

Blackboard Learn’s inline assignment grading functionality, currently delivered through a technology called New Box View, will be replaced over the next few months with a new tool called Bb Annotate. Created in partnership with clients around the globe, Bb Annotate will offer a more robust feature set to provide customizable feedback to learners, including a sidebar summary view, freehand drawing tools, various color selections, and much more. Join this webinar to see a demonstration of the new tool and get your questions answered by Blackboard experts.

Recorded Sessions:


UNI Workshop:

Bb02: Assessing Your Students Using Bb Learn's Assignment Tool

  • Friday, May 29, 2020, 1:00 – 2:00 pm CDT
  • Thursday, June 18, 2020, 2:30 – 3:30 pm CDT

To register, please visit the IT-ETMS Event Registration page. 


Student Resources:

Bb Learn Student Help: Assignment Grades


Frequently Asked Questions:

Transition From New Box View To Bb Annotate For Inline Assignment Grading

Will there be any downtime required with the transition from New Box View to Bb Annotate?
There is no planned downtime when Bb Annotate is enabled. The file migration will begin starting on the dates posted in the release plan and could take several hours to days to complete depending on the number of annotated files that need to be migrated.

What will users see during the migration?
All pre-existing annotations created through New Box View will be migrated and visible in Bb Annotate. When a user accesses an annotated file during the migration, it will take a little bit longer to load but will be displayed in the new Bb Annotate viewer.  If a user is actively annotating a file using New Box View during the migration, the file will not migrate to Bb Annotate until the user has completed that session. Upon loading the submission file again, it will display in the Bb Annotate viewer. User will be able to delete annotations as well as add new comments to any existing comment created using New Box View.

Will there be any performance impact during the migration?
We don’t expect any performance issues during the migration. If users are trying to access a file that hasn't been migrated yet, it may take a little bit longer for it to load in the Bb Annotate viewer.

Will it work with the Blackboard and Blackboard Instructor Mobile apps?
Bb Annotate will work with the Blackboard Instructor app, but not the Blackboard app. Students should access their assignment submission through a web browser instead to see annotations.

Are there any known issues with Bb Annotate?

Student View

  • The Show More link in threaded comments isn’t currently working.  Students will need to download the annotated document and view in a native PDF viewer, such as Adobe Acrobat.  -  This issue has been resolved.
  • Clicking on the comment icon doesn’t bring the related comment to the forefront, so it may be hard for users to differentiate between comments that are close together. -  This issue has been resolved.
  • In the Sidebar summary view, clicking on an annotation doesn’t not identify it within the document.

Instructor/Grader View

  • The previous Box issue with highlighting leaving gaps (Article #51197) will be visible in the migrated document.  Users can delete the highlight and re-create it using Bb Annotate.   
  • If a Grader’s session expires or loses internet connectivity, there is no indication within Bb Annotate that annotations aren’t being saved.
  • In the Blackboard app, print and download aren’t working properly.  Users can print or download through a web browser instead

Both Views

  • HEIC files currently do not render in Bb Annotate and occurs with New Box View as well.

Is Annotate Content Library sharable for marking on the same assignment or within same course?
The instructor will have the same Content Library across Assignments within a course and will see it in their other courses.  It currently isn't shareable between users, but are looking into making the Content Library more portable as a future enhancement.