Blackboard’s Assignment Inline Grading (Crocodoc) to be Replaced in Advance of Spring 2018 Semester

Crocodoc End of Life

posted Oct 10, 2017, 10:30 AM by Chris Daniele   [ updated Dec 4, 2017, 11:06 AM ]

The Crocodoc Inline Grading tool that has been featured in Blackboard (via a third party) for the last few years was purchased by a company called Box.

 Box has decided to revamp and rebrand the product and as such, the current version you are using has an end of life date. 

As it currently stands, we expect to be able to continue to offer the Crocodoc tool through the Final Exams for the Fall 2017 semester.

On December 27th, at 9:00 am, we will be running the migration tool to convert to the "New Box View", at that time the Crocodoc tool will cease to exist; there will be a delay of approximately 2-4 hours from the time we start the migration until completion, during that delay, instructors will not be able to use Inline grading (we will inform you of the times as we get closer).

We believe this will be a painless transition, using the New Box View is almost identical to Crocodoc. However, we want to stress that we are available to support you in any way you might need.

Frequently Asked Questions

After the end-of-life date for Crocodoc and during the migration, what will users see in a course if a Learn instance isn’t updated to use New Box View? Will training will be required for users?

After the end-of-life date and during the migration, the Crocodoc service will display a “Service Unavailable” message to users.

New Box View will completely replace the Crocodoc feature in Learn, with the same general user experience and interface elements. Users will see some slight differences in the UI, primarily more streamlined buttons and options.

You shouldn’t expect significant change management for your users. Some users may not notice the change at all due to the similar nature of the UI between the two services.

NOTE: We will be offering training-on-demand for users who wish for assistance with the transition to "New Box View".

Here is a visual comparison of Crocodoc (left) vs. New Box View (right)

Comparison of Crocodoc and New Box View

Will the transition have any impact on the use of rubrics for grading? Will instructors be able to use the same rubrics for the New Box View as they currently do for Crocodoc?

The transition won’t impact Learn’s rubrics or rubric data. Instructors will be able to use the same rubrics within the inline grading interface alongside the New Box View service. Rubrics are a separate feature that doesn’t share code with the Crocodoc or New Box View service.

What can users expect?

This table compares the two annotation services.

Functions and DetailsCrocodocNew Box View
File types for annotationsPDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS, XLSX, DOC, and DOCXOver 100 different file types

File Types and Fonts Supported in Box Content Preview
Videos and images displayedNoYes
Course areasOriginal assignments, Ultra assignments, and in Ultra tests' additional submission areaOriginal assignments, Ultra assignments, and in Ultra tests' additional submission area
Annotation typesText- and point-based comments, highlighting, and drawingPoint-based comments and highlighting
DownloadUsers download a copy of a student file with the option to download in the original format or in a PDF version that includes the annotationsUsers can download a copy of a student file, but annotations won’t appear
Print functionNoYes
StudentsCan’t add annotations to documentsCan’t add annotations to documents

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