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How can I create an assignment? (Ultra)

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An assignment in Blackboard Ultra is an activity where students can submit written submissions for evaluation.

To add a new assignment, from the Course Content page, navigate to where you want to add it. Hover over the location you wish to place the content item. Click the purple plus sign that appears. A menu will appear. Click Create.

Add menu with Create button highlighted

A side menu will appear. Choose Assignment.

Create Item menu with Assignment highlighted

Give the assignment a title by clicking the default title, erasing it, and typing a new one.

Assignment Title

If you want to make the assignment visible to students immediately, click the menu at the top right, and choose Visible to students.

Student visibility menu

To add content to your assignment like instructions, in the middle of the content area, click the plus sign. A menu will appear. To add text directly onto the assignment, choose Add text.

Add Content menu with Add text highlighted

Add any information you need students to know while submitting their assignments in this area. This can include instructions, supplemental links, or files they may need. When finished, click Save.

Assignment content text box

To add more content, hover above or below the content you added and click the plus sign that appears. The same menu will appear as before. In addition to basic text, you can upload a file from your computer or from a cloud storage platform, like One Drive. In either case, the files will appear as a downloadable link for students, rather than directly in line with the rest of the content. If you choose any of the question types that appear on the menu, the assignment will be automatically converted to a test activity.

To edit or delete content you have already created, click the three dots to the right, and choose accordingly.

Edit menu for assignment content

There are additional settings to consider when creating an assignment, but those will be covered in a separate article.

Once you have finished, exit out of the assignment page by clicking the X in the top left corner.

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