Blackboard – New Box View to Bb Annotate for Inline Assignment Grading

Blackboard Learn’s inline assignment grading functionality, currently delivered through a technology called New Box View, will be replaced with a new tool called Bb Annotate. 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. 

When will the transition begin?
May 24th, 2020

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 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 documentation be available for Bb Annotate?
Yes, resources are now available on help.blackboard.com.  Instructors can access information about Bb Annotate here and watch a tutorial video. Documentation is also available for students as part of the existing Assignment Grades Help page.

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.


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