Student submission and accessing feedback

What is Crowdmark?

Crowdmark is an online assessment tool that is accessed through Blackboard and allows you to submit work which you have handwritten by creating them as images or PDFs and uploading them.

Accessing assignments

You will receive an email from Crowdmark when there is a new assignment available. The email will contain a link taking you to Blackboard, and you will be able to access the assignment from a link within your Blackboard course.

Completing your work

When setting out your work you should think about how you will capture it. Your tutor may give you guidance about how your work should be set out.

A few general points to consider are:

  • Paper should generally not be larger than A4 so that the work will be large enough to read on screen
  • Do not include any identifying information unless told otherwise by your tutor
  • Use a dark colour ink on light paper background
  • Ensure that all working out is clear and in a logical order
  • Label questions clearly with the question number
  • If you have multiple pages, put page numbers at the top of each page so that you will be able to quickly check they are in the correct order
  • Leave space between questions so that you will be able to take individual pictures or crop easily
  • Avoid starting a question at the bottom of a page where you will need to go on to another page

Capturing your work

You can capture your work with a smartphone, tablet or digital camera. PDF, JPG and PNG files can be uploaded to Crowdmark. There is a limit of 12MB for JPG and PNG, or 25MB for PDF.

If your work has multiple pages you may find it easier to use a scanning app such as Microsoft Office Lens to convert your work into a PDF so you only have a single file to upload and keep the pages in the correct order.

Please note: It is possible to use a note taking app on a tablet or touch screen device as long as it can export to either JPG, PNG (up to 12MB) or PDF (up to 25MB).

Please make sure that this is appropriate by checking with your tutor, and follow the same guidelines for completing your work to ensure that it is set out correctly.

Further guidance on scanning handwritten work for assessment

Using a phone

You can use either the Blackboard App or open Blackboard in a web browser.

Using a computer

You will need to transfer your images or PDFs to your computer.

Please note: Images uploaded to Crowdmark must be JPG or PNG format.

Submitting your work

Once you have accessed your Blackboard course and found the assignment point, which will look like the below image, click the title to access the assignment.

Crowdmark Assignment link as it appears in Blackboard

In Crowdmark you will see an overview of the questions you need to answer.

Crowdmark submit assignment page with questions listed, upload function for each question, and Submit for evaluation button

To submit your work, either drag and drop images into the relevant question response area or click the area to browse for the file to upload on your computer or mobile device.

If you are uploading a single PDF file, upload this to the first question. The pages of the PDF will load and then you can drag and drop the relevant pages of the document to the question it's answering.

Once you have uploaded all your answers click the Submit for evaluation button. You will receive an onscreen confirmation of receipt.

Crowdmark onscreen submission notification with edit and resubmit button

Please note: You will not receive an email to confirm receipt of your submission.

Viewing marks and feedback

One your tutor has completed marking your Crowdmark assignment, marks will be transferred to the Blackboard Grade Centre.

If feedback is made available for your assignment you will be able to access this through the same link as the original assignment.