This has now been resolved – please see the update blog post for more details.
We have been informed of a bug affecting group submissions to Blackboard assignments. This does not affect individual Blackboard assignments or Turnitin assignments.
Update 10/11/21: This issue appears to be intermittent so may not affect all assignment submissions.
When a student submits to a group assignment, the bug means that they may be presented with an error message: ‘Failed to submit Assignment. Please try again.’ Additionally, the submission may not generate any receipt so students will not receive a confirmation email. Despite this, the submission will be successful.
We have reported and further escalated the issue with Blackboard, and they are working on a fix as a matter of priority.
We also wanted to reassure students that their submissions have been made, despite the error message and lack of receipt. Students can check if their submission has been successful as follows:
- Submit as usual.
- If you encounter a red banner saying ‘Failed to submit Assignment. Please try again.’ use the left-hand menu to return to the Assessment, Submission and Feedback area.
- Locate the assignment submission point as before and click on it.
- You should be presented with a review page displaying the work you submitted.
- We recommend you take a screenshot of this page for your own records. Be sure to include the submission date and time (under ‘ATTEMPT’ on the right-hand side) in the screenshot.
We apologise for the inconvenience and will blog again as soon as we hear anything further from Blackboard. If you have any concerns or questions, please get in contact with us: firstname.lastname@example.org