Overview – Marking online

There are a range of online marking options for assignments submitted using the the Blackboard Assignment tool (depending on the file type):

  • Enter marks for individual and group assignments. (all submissions)
  • Enter feedback using the Text Editor. (all submissions)
  • Use the inline grading tool that includes the following features (Word, PowerPoint, Excel and PDF files only)
    • Text comments with highlighting
    • Drawing
    • Strikeout
  • Use a rubric for feedback (this is different to the TurnItIn rubric). (all submissions)
  • Attach individual files i.e. assignment files that have been marked in a different program.

Note: The Blackboard rubric used in Grade Centre is different to the rubric used in TurnItIn. It is not possible to transfer a rubric between Blackboard and TurnItIn.

Note: If you have not already setup your assignment submission consider using TurnItIn for text based assignment (Word and PDF files). TurnItIn includes a text matching (plagiarism detection) tool and an online marking tool. TurnItIn also has an iPad marking app.

Warning: The inline grading tool does not accept letter grades. Either use numeric grades or enter grades into the Grade Centre.

Enter marks and feedback:

enter marks and feedback


Refer to Enter marks / feedback and attach files guide

Use a rubric:

mark using a rubric

Refer to Mark using a rubric guide.

Use the inline grading tool:

in line grading

Refer to the Comments and highlighting guide.

Assignment files download and upload

Assignment files can be downloaded from Grade Centre in bulk (refer Download submitted assignments guide). There is no function in Blackboard to allow you to upload assignment files in bulk. Marked assignment files must be upload for each student individually (refer Enter marks / feedback and attach files guide).

Other marking options

Using Word

  • Have the students submit assignments as Word documents.
  • Download the assignments from Grade Centre. (Refer Download submitted assignments guide)
  • Annotate the assignments in Word using comments and/or track changes.
  • Enter the marks and attach the marked assignment files (one by one) in Grade Centre. (Refer Enter marks / feedback and attach files guide)
  • Students can view the marked documents via My Grades.

Adobe Acrobat Pro (No cost to UQ staff)

  • Have the students submit assignments as PDF documents.
  • Contact your local IT desktop support to have a copy of Adobe Acrobat Pro installed on you UQ computer.
  • Download the assignments from Grade Centre. (Refer Download submitted assignments guide)
  • Add annotation, audio comments, bubble comment and inline comments (use a graphics tablet for annotations).

adobe pro image

  • Enter the marks and attach the marked assignment files (one by one) in Grade Centre. (Refer Enter marks / feedback and attach files guide)
  • Students can view the marked documents via My Grades.

Note: You may find the software too "sluggish" for hand annotation.

PDF Annotator ($70) + Graphics tablet ($100) (Windows only)

  • Have the students submit assignments as PDF documents.
  • Download the assignments from Grade Centre. (Refer Download submitted assignments guide)
  • Annotate the assignments on your computer using the software PDF Annotator and a graphics tablet.

adobe pro image

  • Enter the marks and attach the marked assignment files (one by one) in Grade Centre. (Refer Enter marks / feedback and attach files guide)
  • Students can view the marked documents via My Grades.

Tablet apps

  • Have the students submit assignments as PDF documents.
  • Download the assignments from Grade Centre. (Refer Download submitted assignments guide)
  • Copy the assignments to your tablet device (i.e. iPad or Android).
  • Annotate using a PDF annotation app i.e.
    • iPad: iAnnotate
    • Andriod: Adobe Reader X
  • Upload the marked assignments to your computer.
  • Enter the marks and attach the marked assignment files (one by one) in Grade Centre. (Refer Enter marks / feedback and attach files guide)
  • Students can view the marked documents via My Grades.