Bb Annotate is a new tool in Blackboard Learn for inline assignment grading. Bb Annotate replaces the New Box View integration in both the Original Course View and the Ultra Course View. Bb Annotate offers a more robust feature set for instructors to provide customizable feedback to students. Features include a sidebar summary view, freehand drawing tools, various color selections, and much more.


Quick Reference Guides

Bb Annotate Quick Start Guide for Instructors - Original Course View

Bb Annotate Quick Start Guide for Instructors - Ultra Course View


Frequently Asked Questions

Will there be any downtime required with the transition from New Box View to Bb Annotate?
There is no planned downtime when Bb Annotate is enabled.  The file migration will begin starting on the dates posted in the release plan and could take several hours to days to complete depending on the number of annotated files that need to be migrated. 

What will users 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 there be any performance impact during the migration?
We don’t expect any performance issues during the migration.  If users are trying to access a file that hasn't been migrated yet, it may take a little bit longer for it to load in the Bb Annotate viewer.

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.

Are there any known issues with Bb Annotate?

  • The previous Box issue with highlighting leaving gaps will be visible in the migrated document.  Users can delete the highlight and re-create it using Bb Annotate.   
  • If a Grader’s session expires or loses internet connectivity, there is no indication within Bb Annotate that annotations aren’t being saved.
  • In the Blackboard app, print and download aren’t working properly.  Users can print or download through a web browser instead
  • Files could lose any non-asciii characters in the file name when the PDF is downloaded
  • In non-english language packs, some garbled characters may appear when using Bb Annotate.
Will Bb Annotate work with Pen-enabled devices?

Yes, Bb Annotate provides a much improved experience to users on mobile devices. Touch / stylus (e.g. Apple Pencil) usage is much more responsive so you have more granular/higher fidelity of detail when compared to New Box View