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Using Bulk Download in Blackboard

If you are using the assignment feature in Blackboard where student’s submit their assignments to you using the assignment link:

>>View/Complete Assignment: Assignment Title

You may find that the bulk download option is very helpful when managing student files. This process gives you the opportunity to download multiple assignments from multiple students at the same time. The process creates one folder on your computer and helps keeps you organized.

To use this feature, go to the Gradebook (through the Control Panel) and click on the assignment column heading.

Assignment column header in Blackboard

Now click on the Item Download link

Click on Item Download link in Blackboard

Make your selection of the assignment you wish to download. If there is no box to check by a student’s name then this tells you that they have not yet completed the assignment. When you make your selection Blackboard creates a compressed (zipped) file made up of all the assignment files plus a separate text file for their comments. If your assignment requires more than 1 file — all files that were attached to that assignment will be included in the download.

List of students and checkboxes in Blackboard

After you’ve made your selection and click OK you’ll be given a link to either click on or right-click on to get the compressed file. Save it (or open it) to our desktop so you can begin to review the assignment files.

Link to compressed file in Blackboard

The folder will contain the files that were attached to the assignment and a file that holds the student’s comments.

Example of the files which might appear in the folder

The great thing about the bulk download feature if that you can come back to it multiple times to download students files.

Author: Heidi Olson

Heidi enjoys working with content experts in developing eCampus courses to provide alternatives for students. Her other interests include faculty training in best practices for eCampus and researching eCampus tools to help fulfill learning outcomes. Having worked in the distance education arena for over 20 years, she has a wide range of experiences in supporting students and faculty as technology and pedagogy evolve.

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