New Inline Grading Feature

In New Features by Lindsey Sudbury

Blackboard has upgraded Inline grading from Crocodoc to Box View. Box View offers several improvements over Crocodoc, including improved rendering fidelity and expanded support for new file types. You’ll see a few differences between Crocodoc and New Box View. This table compares the two annotation services.

Here’s an example of what the new inline grading will look like. The biggest differences are:

  • Videos and images are displayed
  • No drawing on the document
  • Users can download a copy of a student file, but annotations won’t appear
  • More file types available
  • Print the file within inline grading

This image shows the differences between Crocodoc and Box inline grading

Assignment inline grading workflow with New Box View

Watch a video about assignment inline grading. This video explains how to grade and annotate assignment submissions.

The new inline viewer is powered by a third-party, cloud-based technology called New Box View. On the Grade Assignment page, supported file types open in the browser.

Blackboard Inline Grading Box View

Annotation sessions expire after one hour. You’ll receive a warning message. After the time limit, annotations may not be saved. Need more time? Select Save Draft to save your work and continue later. Your text and files are saved on the page. When you return, you can resume working.


A.View instructions. Expand the assignment instructions.
B. Add comments and highlight text. At the top of the panel, select Point annotation mode to type comments in any place on the document. Point and drag your cursor to highlight text, then select Highlight text. Select Add comment to highlighted text to add a comment to a highlighted area. To remove a highlighted area, select Highlight text again. You can also zoom in and out, and navigate to other pages in a student’s file.
C. Remove or reply to comments. Select the Delete icon in the right corner of a comment to remove a comment. Select a comment to reply and the Cancel and Post options appear.
D. Provide a grade and feedback. In the right panel, grade the submission, provide feedback, attach files, and add private notes for yourself. If you associated a rubric, you can access it in this area. Select the Click to open full content editor icon to access the editor. You can also override or revert a grade.
E. Download the student’s file. Save the original file to your computer.

What do students see? After you grade assignments, students can view their scores on their My Grades pages. They can also select the assignment in the course to review their submissions, your feedback, and their grades.