Blackboard assignment receipts

Changes to Blackboard Assignment receipts summer 2017

Last year we paid Blackboard for a custom building block, so that students submitting to a Blackboard assignment would get a submission receipt emailed to them. With the latest release, this has become part of the core functionality.

These features became available following the Blackboard upgrade 6th-7th August. 

For every submission to a Blackboard assignment a receipt is generated. This receipt is

  • emailed to the student
    (on Group assignments, all members of the Group are sent a receipt)
  • available for the student to view via My Grades
  • available for staff to view via the Grade Centre.


Blackboard Assignment receipt

The email subject is ‘Submission received’ and the wording is as shown in this example:

Your work was received!

Your submission has been received. Each time you submit coursework you receive a unique confirmation ID, automatically generated by Blackboard, to verify when your submission was received. You can view your submission receipts on your My Grades page.

IMPORTANT: please check that all submitted files have been uploaded successfully and you have submitted the correct work.

For further information and advice see Blackboard Assignment: Has my submission been successful?

Submission details:

Submission confirmation ID: 3ceb2212b3b7465eaef00326b24bbcde

Title of course: 2016 Q4 Test course 04Apr2017

Course ID: RDDEV_2016Q4_04Apr17

Title of coursework: Test assignment

Date/time of submission: 23-Jun-2017 14:33

Size of text entered in ‘Write Submission’ area: 0 bytes

Size and name of files received: Images in Blackboard.docx (2,122.4 kb)

Unique Item ID (for administrator use only): _241_1

Staff view

In the Grade Centre go to Reports > Submission Receipts.

Submission receipts - staff access

Then you can search by student name, username or email.

Staff view of submission receipts


Student view

To view their receipts for a particular course, students can go to My Grades, select the Submitted tab, then click on the number at the foot of the page to view all receipts for that course.

Student access to submission receipts

This will open a list of all submissions to Blackboard Assignments on this course.

Student view of submission receipts


Receipts for Group Assignments

Where you have set up a Group Assignment, when one member of a group submits to the assignment, all members of the group will be notified.

Guidance for students

Guidance for students is available via the ‘Support for Students’ tab on Blackboard. This includes:

Please note the advice to students on our student help site: Blackboard Assignment: Has my submission been successful?

  • Do not delete the email receipt – you should retain it as proof of submission.
  • This receipt only indicates that a submission has been made by you on the date and time shown, and received by Blackboard.
  • It is not confirmation that a file you have submitted is correct or has uploaded properly.
    Always check the files you have submitted to make sure that they can be viewed or downloaded.

Even with a receipt, the onus is still on the student to ensure that they have submitted the correct files, that they are in the correct format, and that they can be viewed in and/or downloaded from Blackboard. Not all students will read the guidance, so please reiterate these points to any of your students who are required to submit work to Blackboard assignments.


Access to receipts for assignment submissions before 7th August 2017

Submission receipts generated before 7th August 2017 are still accessible, both to

  • students (by following the link embedded within the emailed receipt)
  • staff (by going to the Fileshare for the relevant Blackboard course – see below)


Example Blackboard Assignment Receipt, pre-August 2017


Blackboard assignment receipt Jan 2017

(Blackboard assignment receipt Jan 2017)


Staff access to receipts for submissions before 7th August 2017

Once a student has submitted to a Blackboard assignment on your course, you will find that a ‘Receipts’ folder has been created in the course Fileshare, and all submission receipts will be stored here.

Receipts folder


For each receipt you can identify:

  1. the student username (contained within the filename),
  2. the date and time of submission.

assignment receipts


Open a receipt by clicking on it, to see other details, such as which assignment it relates to and what file/s the student submitted for that attempt.

Where you have multiple attempts or a large numbers of submissions, identifying a submission by a specific student to a specific assignment could be time-consuming. But, in case of dispute, the first step would be to ask the student to forward to you the receipt which was emailed to them. This will allow you to match it up with the receipt recorded in the course Fileshare using the unique number shown after the student username.