Blackboard, Collaborate and e-Assessment

e-Submission enhances the student experience of submitting coursework, viewing grades and receiving feedback.

These pages contain all the information you need to know about submitting your work online.

Blackboard is the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and is used by staff and students to support learning.

Each academic module has a Blackboard course attached to it and students are automatically enrolled on Blackboard courses each semester.

Students use Blackboard to access module learning materials, eAssessment and for collaboration.

Blackboard user guide

Turnitin is being used at Salford as a tool for e-submission and matching text electronically to assist you in checking for plagiarism. Where appropriate to the assignment, you will submit work to Turnitin for marking. You may also be offered the opportunity to submit draft assignments to Turnitin allowing you to see any text that Turnitin has matched to its data bank and check that it is correctly referenced.

Accessed via Blackboard, work submitted to Turnitin is checked against millions of internet, book and journal sources. For draft assignments, Turnitin produces an originality report highlighting which parts of the assignment have been matched.

Your responsibility: what you need to know

See your module handbook for further information

  • When you submit work through Turnitin, you are accepting the submission declaration.
  • The naming convention for your files - your school may specify a particular format.
  • Keep copies of email receipts from Turnitin as proof of submission.
  • If you have a disability sticker, make sure it is included in your assignment.
  • Files must be less than 20Mb. Contact your lecturer if your file is greater than 20Mb.
  • File types accepted are: MS Word, WordPerfect, PostScript, PDF, HTML, RTF or plain text. You can ask at The Library for help if you are not sure about a file type.

Make sure you submit your assignment to the correct, FINAL submissions folder.
Work submitted mistakenly to the DRAFT folder will not be marked.

In some programmes or modules Turnitin may have been set up with two folders. If this applies to you, one is the DRAFT folder and the other is the FINAL folder. You may submit your assignment into the DRAFT folder to check for plagiarism and self-rectify, but remember you must submit your assignment into the FINAL folder for it to go through for marking.

Only your lecturer can tell you how and where to submit your assignment. If you are asked to submit your assignment electronically through Blackboard using Turnitin, make sure you know from your lecturer where the submissions folders are.

You can only submit once to the final assignments area.

  • Step 1: Navigate to the Blackboard folder for the assignment. Your lecturer should tell you where to find the folder within your Blackboard module.
    Click on the assignment title - by continuing you are agreeing to the regulations that accompany the folder.
  • Step 2: Click on the View/Complete option. Make sure you click on View/Complete for the FINAL assignments folder.Turnitin screen shot
  • Step 3: Fill in the details that are required. Remember to use any naming convention that your lecturer has specified. Turnitin screen shot
  • Step 4: Browse for your document and click on upload. Double check you have selected the right document.
  • Step 5: Click on Submit to complete the process.

Turnitin - How to submit assignments for marking

For non text-based assessments (e.g. audio/video, etc.) or where files may be larger than the Turnitin limit (>20mb), your tutor may use the Blackboard Assignment Tool.

How to submit assignments in BlackBoard

Yes. You will see on screen confirmation that you have submitted your assignment and you will also receive the confirmation by email to your student email account.

Every assignment is different and your lecturer will determine whether it is appropriate for the assignment to have an option of draft submissions. If there is a draft submissions area, the lecturer will tell you where it is.

To submit a draft assignment:

  • Step 1: Click on the assignment title - by continuing you are agreeing to the regulations that accompany the folder.
  • Step 2: Click on View/Complete. Make sure you click on View/Complete for the DRAFT assignments folder.
  • Step 3: Fill in the details that are required. The submission title is not important, choose a name which helps you identify the version of the assignment you have submitted.
    Each time you submit a draft assignment any previous copy will be over written.
  • Step 4: Browse for your document and click on upload. Double check you have selected the right document.
  • Step 5: Click on Submit.

You now need to look at the Originality Report for the assignment.

  • Step 6: Click on the go to portfolio option.
  • Step 7: Click on Show details in the Assignment Inbox & Portfolio section.

Your Originality Report is ready to view when the coloured bar is coloured, not grey.

  • Step 8: Click on the coloured bar to view the Originality Report.

Your first originality report should be available in approximately 5 minutes (although it may take longer). For any further drafts of your assignment that you submit it may take up to 24 hours for your originality report to be ready.

Turnitin - How to submit a draft assignment

Our User Guide How to interpret a Turnitin ‘Originality Report’ [pdf] contains important information about your Originality Report, including how access the original report, what kind of information is held within the report and filtering options.

Turnitin - How to interpret the originality report

If you have been recommended marking stickers in your Reasonable Adjustment Plan, you should ensure you attach an electronic sticker to your work. If you are eligible to use these, they will be sent regularly to your student email address. Disability & Learner Support has written a guide Stickers for marking considerations on how to attach stickers. If you have any questions, contact Disability & Learner Support on 0161 295 9000.

  • Step 1: To view marks/grades, log in to BlackBoard and click on the ‘My Grades’ link in the ‘Tools’ menu.
Turnitin screen shot
  • Step 2: Click on the module name and if any of your assignments have been marked you will see your grade in the ‘Grade’ column.
Turnitin screen shot
  • Step 3: The ‘Review Assignment’ window will open. Click on the icon next to ‘My Paper’ and this will open up your assignment.
Turnitin screen shot
  • Step 4: Your assignment will open; to view your feedback click ‘Grademark’ which is found in the top left of the document.
Turnitin screen shot
  • Step 5: You may have been left feedback within the ‘General Comments’ section found on the right of the document or within ‘speech bubbles’ on the document itself. Move your mouse cursor over the speech bubble to view the feedback. You can print the document and associated feedback by clicking on the ‘Print’ icon in the bottom left of the document.
Turnitin screen shot

How to view grades and feedback

Collaborate is a web conferencing tool where staff and students can interact in an online environment in real time. You can chat to each other using a headset and even see each other if you have a webcam. Your lectures and tutorials may take place in a virtual classroom in collaborate and sessions can be recorded by the tutor for later viewing.

Before you can use Blackboard Collaborate you need to download and install the launcher.

  1. Click on the link to watch a short video on how to install the launcher or go directly to the Download launcher page.
  2. Select which launcher you require, Windows or Mac, from the dropdown box before clicking Download. This is a one off download and will only take a couple of minutes. If it doesn’t install automatically, locate the file on your computer and run it to begin the installation.(The file is called BlackboardCollaboratelauncher.Win.msi) and it should appear in your Downloads folder.
  3. Press Control and J (at the same time) to open this folder. (Windows only). Once this software is installed you will see it in your 'All programs' lists from the start menu (Windows) or Go to Applications folder on a Mac. Now, whenever you click on any Collaborate link, the launcher will open up Collaborate automatically.

Click on the link to watch a brief video showing you how to use Collaborate as a participant.

Watch this video to find out how to use the Audio Setup Wizard. You should do this each time you use Collaborate.

You are now ready to join in with Collaborate. To access a session, log in to Blackboard and access the relevant module from your courses list. Select the Collaborate link from the menu and click on the Join Room icon.

Select the Recordings Tab to view previously recorded sessions. Remember to change the start date to search for recordings then press Go.

Collaborate allows users of mobile devices to connect to sessions on their Apple and Android devices. Download the Collaborate App from the App store for your device. A complete list of supported devices is available on the Blackboard Collaborate Portal

For further help visit:

For support with Blackboard Collaborate contact Service Desk on 0161 295 5535 or at from 9am - 5pm, Monday to Friday.

For out of hours or additional technical support you can visit the Collaborate Technical Support website to get assistance. From this webpage you can use "Live Chat" to text chat in real time with a technical support person to get advice. Alternatively, you can phone the dedicated Collaborate support line (phone numbers from your location given on webpage). The calls are free from North America, UK, Ireland and Australia.

Staff needing help with Collaborate should visit the Blackboard Collaborate webpage for guidance.