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Center for Teaching & Learning: Bb Annotate

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Blackboard Learn will be replacing the New Box View integration with a new tool called Bb Annotate for Inline Assignment Grading. Bb Annotate will offer a more robust feature set to provide customizable feedback to learners, which includes a sidebar summary view, freehand drawing tools, various color selections, and much more!

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When will Bb Annotate be available?

We're slated to receive the update in the 1st week of June

Will there be any downtime as we switch from New Box View to Bb Annotate?

There's no planned downtime when Bb Annotate is enabled.  The file migration will begin on the 26th and could take several hours to days to complete depending on the number of annotated files that need to be migrated. 

What will I see during the migration?

All pre-existing annotations created through New Box View will be migrated and visible in Bb Annotate.  When a user accesses an annotated file during the migration, it will take a little bit longer to load but will be displayed in the new Bb Annotate viewer.  If a user is actively annotating a file using New Box View during the migration, the file will not migrate to Bb Annotate until the user has completed that session.  Upon loading the submission file again, it will display in the Bb Annotate viewer.  User will be able to delete annotations as well as add new comments to any existing comment created using New Box View. 

Will it work with the Blackboard and Blackboard Instructor Mobile apps?

Bb Annotate will work with the Blackboard Instructor app, but not the Blackboard app.  Students should access their assignment submission through a web browser instead to see annotations.

Is Annotate Content Library sharable for marking on the same assignment or within same course?

The instructor will have the same Content Library across Assignments within a course and will see it in their other courses.  It currently isn't shareable between users, but Blackboard is looking into making the Content Library more portable as a future enhancement. 

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