Online Submission: An introduction

There are two main tools which lecturers can use to let you submit assignment work electronically in Blackboard.

  • Blackboard Assignment tool
  • Turnitin Assignment tool

You may use both tools for different assignment submissions during your studies. You can tell the assignment tools apart by the different icons.

Image of Bb and Turnitin Assignment icons

Both tools work in a similar way but there are some differences:

  • Turnitin – Produces a  ‘Similarity Report‘ that you and your tutors can use to check you have correctly cited your sources.
  • Turnitin – You can only submit a submit a single file.
  • Turnitin Overwrites your previous file if you need to re-submit before the deadline (where re-submission has been allowed).
  • Blackboard Assignment Each submission ‘Attempt‘ made before the deadline is stored and can be seen by your lecturer (where more than one attempt has been allowed).
  • Blackboard Assignment – Allows you to submit multiple files in the same ‘Attempt‘.

Please note that work you submit via a standard Blackboard Assignment may also be separately submitted to Turnitin by your lecturer to produce a Similarity Report.

Where to start

  1. Find out which of the two tools you are using to submit your work for your assignment.
  2. Read the appropriate preparation checklist:
  3. Read the Online Submission Protocols found on Essentials


And then look at how to submit your work (and access your feedback online).