Department of Writing and Rhetoric

Write Here, Write Now.

Submitting Student Work for Assessment

We require all W&R teachers to collect major assignments from their classes in an electronic format for purposes of assessment. The QEP directs the department to collect materials from WRIT 100/101/102 and 250 courses and to assess annually whether curricular changes are meeting learning outcomes. In order to fulfill this directive, we need materials from all classes currently taught. Some or all your students’ work will be requested from you.

The assessment is for course and assignment changes, not an assessment of individual instructors. All identifying marks (including the names of instructors) will be removed from student work. As an internal assessment, student permission need not be asked unless we publish or present specifics from this study. Such permission will be asked for if the need arises.

These instructions will show you how to download student essay files and transmit them to W&R for program assessment.

Downloading Blackboard Papers

Download Using Blackboard Assignment


  1. Open the Full Grade Center
  2. Find the column for the assignment you want to download
  3. Click the drop-down menu at the top of the column, and select “Assignment File Download.”
  4. Select all the files you want to download and click submit.
  5. Click “Save” to download the zipped files.
Download Using SafeAssign


  1. Select the Safe Assignment you want to download.
  2. Click “Download All Submissions”
  3. Click “Save” to download the zipped files.

Note: If you collect your student files outside of Blackboard, save each assignment in a unique folder and zip each folder by right-clicking it and selecting “Send To” and “Send to Compressed Folder”

Sending Files to W&R

Please visit the W&R Document Library Upload Page for instructions on uploading your student writing to the department.