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Grading Assignments Submitted in Bb LEARN


After an assignment drop box has been set up, and the due date has passed, the next question many instructors have is how to go about grading student submissions in Bb LEARN.

One way to access submissions is to use the Needs Grading feature in Bb LEARN. Once students have submitted an assignment – whether it is a discussion, open-ended quiz, journal entry or a traditional assignment – LEARN tracks that information and compiles it in the Needs Grading section of the site. To access Needs Grading, follow the steps below.


  1. Log into your LEARN course.
  2. From the Control Panel, click on “Grade Center.”
  3. From the expanded menu, choose “Needs Grading.”
  4. This page will display a list of all the students who have submitted anything that needs an instructor’s attention.

Screen capture of the Needs Grading page

From this page, instructors have three options as to how to grade items.

  • First, hovering over an assignment name will display the drop-down arrow, and when clicked, the menu gives two options: the first is to grade all the submissions for that assignment, and the number displayed in parenthesis is how many ungraded submissions there are in that drop box.
  • The second option is to grade all the submissions for that assignment without names attached, also known as Anonymous Grading, which is useful for reducing grading bias.
  • Third, if an instructor just wanted to grade the individual student’s attempt, clicking on that student’s name will open up the submission in the CrocDoc previewer and allow the instructor to leave feedback and assign a score.

Note: After an assignment has left the Needs Grading page, it can still be located in the Full Grade Center in case changes or updates need to be made.