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Creating Assignment Dropboxes in Bb LEARN


In order to allow students to submit work digitally, instructors must set up a space in their Bb LEARN course shell for students to upload documents. LEARN has a built-in tool for this purpose, called the LEARN Assignments tool. Assignments are also referred to as assignment dropboxes. To create a basic assignment dropbox, follow the steps below.


  1. Navigate to the folder in which you would like the assignment dropbox to appear.
    Screen capture of Assessments tab menu
  2. Hover over the Assessments button and choose “Assignment” from the menu.
  3. On the subsequent page, give the assignment a name and a point value. Those are the only details that must be configured when creating a dropbox, but there are other optional settings which control the behavior of the assignment dropbox.

More About Assignment Details

Instructors can attach an Assignment File to the dropbox. This is useful in cases where there is a rubric or project guideline document for students to follow, or if an instructor has a particular template file that students need to work off of to submit their assignment.

The Due Date option allows a due date to be set for the assignment. Any assignments submitted after the date listed here will be marked as late by the LEARN system.

PLEASE NOTE: Setting a Due Date does not prevent late submissions. Only setting Display After and Display Until dates will prevent late submissions.

The Grading section is divided into four parts: point value and rubric, Submission Details, Grading Options and Display of Grades. In most cases, the only information required here is the point value. If you decide to allow students to submit multiple times to the same dropbox, that setting is found in the Submission Details menu and also requires that you indicate how LEARN should grade multiple submissions. Additionally, if you are setting up a Group Assignment, those options are contained in Submission Details as well. Please see the Setting Up Group Assignments tutorial for more details on that process.

Availability settings determine how long the assignment dropbox is visible to students. The option to “Make this assignment available to students” should always remain checked. If you wish to limit the amount of time students have access to the dropbox, use the “Limit Availability” settings in this section. The “Display After” date will hide the dropbox until the date and time listed in the fields, and the “Display Until” date will make the dropbox unavailable to students after the date and time listed in those specific fields.

LEARN Assignments versus TurnItIn

If you are interested in checking student submissions for plagiarism or to identify original sources, you should consider creating a TurnItIn Assignment instead of a Bb LEARN Assignment Dropbox.