After the Summer 2017 upgrade to Blackboard – Instructors will see a number of new features.

Drag and drop files

When instructors create content items, assignments, and web links, they can drag files from their computers to the “hot spot” in the Attach Files area. Students can also drag files to upload when they submit assignments.

You will still need to add a title for the new item and a brief description if desired.

Click here to see more on creating content items.

Submission receipts

Instructors can keep track of all student submissions, regardless of whether the attempt or assignment is deleted or the submission history is changed. A submission receipt is captured at the time of submission and includes information such as attached file information, date, time, etc. This feature provides evidence for academic disputes, giving students assurance about their work.

A receipt is generated for each group member when a student submits on behalf of the group, and the anonymous state of an assignment is respected. For assignments with multiple attempts, students receive a different number for each submission.

Click here to see more on Submission Confirmations


Instructors can send email reminders from Grade Centre columns to students and members of groups who have missing coursework. Students receive a system-generated email that lists the course, coursework, and the due date if included.

Instructors can also send reminders for assignments with anonymous or delegated grading enabled. To protect anonymity, students’ names and attempt statuses aren’t revealed.

Click here to see more on sending reminders for missing coursework

Turnitin also provides the ability to Email Non Submitters and you can view the Turnitin guide here.