Can I just provide pdfs, assignment hard copies, or emails to the Office of Assessment?

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In short, no. There are a variety of reasons why these types of documents cannot be added to the General Education assessment process. First, evaluation rubrics in Blackboard only work if an assignment is attached to that rubric. A document that is housed outside of Blackboard cannot be assessed using the evaluation tools. Second, one of the primary benefits of using Blackboard to evaluate artifacts is that the system can maintain some very useful demographic information about the student, while allowing for a blind review. Using PDFs, hard copies, or other forms of artifacts would eliminate the ability to gather the important demographic information associated with the artifact, while still allowing for student and instructor anonymity.