Center for the Advancement of Faculty Excellence (CAFE)

Collecting Content, Grading, and Providing Feedback

Collecting Content, Grading, and Providing Feedback

Assignment Collection

You can easily collect assignments and provide feedback to students using a variety of Cal Poly Pomona technologies. However, make sure you provide very clear instructions for both completing and submitting work, so your students learn as much as possible during a time of disruption.

CPP Email

You can collect assignments via Cal Poly Pomona’s email system. However, the more students you have, the more difficult it is to keep track of messages, grades, etc. We recommend using Blackboard and Turnitin to collect assignments instead of using email.

Blackboard Assignments

Use the Blackboard Assignment tool to allow students to privately submit homework files. The optional Blackboard SafeAssign feature can automatically provide plagiarism reports.

Learn more about creating Blackboard Assignments at these resources:

Give this link to your students to tell them how to submit assignments:


You can use Turnitin along with Blackboard to collect and automatically receive plagiarism reports for student assignment files. Turnitin Assignments function separately from Blackboard Assignments. Learn more about creating Turnitin Assignments in Blackboard at these resources:

Give these links to your students to tell them how to submit assignments through Turnitin:

Online Testing with Blackboard

Blackboard makes it easy to give quizzes, midterms, and final exams. Many common types of questions can even grade themselves!

The Blackboard Test creation process has two major steps:

  1. Create a Blackboard Test – Provide a name for the test, optional description and instructions, and populate the test with questions.
  2. Deploy the Blackboard Test – Add the newly-created test to a Content Area (e.g. Assignments) and select Test Options to limit the student testing experience, including:
    1. Allowing multiple attempts,
    2. Setting a timer
    3. Limiting test availability by date/time
    4. Granting additional time for specific students -- like those registered with the Disability Resource Center (DRC)
    5. Restricting feedback provided to students (e.g., scores, correct answers, etc.)
    6. Randomizing questions

We highly recommend keeping Force Completion (found in the Test Options) disabled, because simple technical issues can kick students out of a test. Learn more about creating and deploying Blackboard Tests:

Students can also use these resources to learn more about the Blackboard online testing process:

Blackboard Grade Center

The Grade Center in Blackboard is the focal point for collecting and grading all student submissions made to Blackboard. Learn more about using the Blackboard Grade Center for scoring and providing feedback at the following resources.

Grade Center Basics - tutorials put together by CAFE:

LinkedIn Learning Tutorials:

Students can also use these resources to learn more about Blackboard grading:

Ideas on Blackboard Exams and Grading from Other Faculty