This document has been updated as of 12 December 2017 to include a change to the file types that can be annotated. Blackboard have reassessed what file types can be annotated currently.
Blackboard’s current service for the implementation of inline grading is through the Annotated Feedback tool (Crocodoc API), and Box Inc. has decided to discontinue it. The end-of-life date for the current Annotated Feedback tool (Crocodoc API) is January 15, 2018.
As a result, Blackboard have updated the inline grading capability to leverage the New Box View API. New Box View offers several improvements over Crocodoc, including improved rendering and expanded support for new file types.
There are changes to functionality with the introduction of New Box View, some positives, such as many more file types, but one very used area of functionality in relation to downloading annotated documents.
For students that are expecting to view results during this period, all fully ratified results are accessible via the MySuffolk (https://my.suffolk.ac.uk) system. MySuffolk is not part of this upgrade and will be fully accessible as normal.
What can you expect?
You'll see a few differences between Crocodoc and New Box View. This table compares the two annotation services.
New Box View will completely replace the Crocodoc feature in your courses, with the same general workflows and interface elements. You'll see some slight differences in the interface, primarily more streamlined buttons and options.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you would like to discuss this force change, please make contact with Aaron in Learning Services.