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Blackboard Learn - Access and Create FlatWorld Homework Assignments (Instructor)
Blackboard Learn - Access and Create FlatWorld Homework Assignments (Instructor)

This article covers how to access the FlatWorld Homework Tool in Blackboard.

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Written by Alastair Adam
Updated over a week ago

*Please Note: In order to use the FlatWorld Homework tool, the integration needs to be configured with LTI access keys provided by FlatWorld. Please refer to the integration setup article for more information.

Accessing the FlatWorld Homework Tool

Open the desired course on which you are listed as an educator.

  1. Click on the Content option located in the menu on the left side of the screen.

  2. On the Content page, click on the Build Content Tab.

  3. Locate and select 'FlatWorld Homework' from the Build Content dropdown menu. (Your FlatWorld Tool may be called FlatWorld Homework [LTI 1.1] or FlatWorld Assignments [LTI1.3]).

If you are using the Original Course View in BlackBoard, you will want to click on Assignments from the menu on the left of your course screen, then click the Build Content tab.

Configure your book

The first time you use the FlatWorld Homework tool in your course, it will ask you to choose the book you are using. You should see the following screen:

The course name will be the name of your course in BlackBoard. Do not worry about the course ID. You can search for your book by title or by ISBN.

If you are using a custom book, please confirm that it is yours by using the book ISBN or by verifying the "adapted by (YOUR NAME)" that will show at the end of the book.

You can also click and drag the diagonal lines in the lower right corner of the Homework window to resize the display.

Creating your assignments

Selecting FlatWorld Homework will bring up the assignment creation window for you to build your content. We recommend the following articles for more in depth instruction on building FlatWorld assignments.

Instructions on creating a new assignment and selecting the questions personally (note: skip to Step 1 - Settings):

Instructions on creating your assignments with randomly selected questions from an individual chapter (note: Quick Create automatically limits student access - make sure to remove or update these dates to your preference - SKIP to Create an Assignment through Quick Create (LMS):

Instructions on copying an assignment or exam (note: skip to LMS-Integrated Homework Course):

Embedding the Assignment in Blackboard

When you have completed your assignment and hit 'Publish' you will be prompted to embed the assignment in Blackboard through the 'Embed in LMS' option. Clicking the 'Embed in LMS' button will prompt a warning screen, as the act of embedding the assignment will automatically publish the assignment. Please be sure that you do not wish to make any changes to the assignment before embedding.

Clicking 'Embed in LMS' will load the assignment into Blackboard, and you can now edit the BlackBoard assignment settings.

Editing the Blackboard Assignment Settings

You can now configure additional assignment settings within BlackBoard, such as due date. Navigate back to the Course Content page, and click on the down arrow icon next to the assignment name.

From the dropdown menu that appears, select 'Edit".

This will open up the Edit Web Link page, where you can finalize the assignment details before making it ready for students.


Do I have to enter in FlatWorld assignment grades manually into Blackboard?

Student grades are sent to the Blackboard grade book as soon as they submit their assignment. When and if the students can see these grades is determined in the Blackboard grade book settings.

How do I change a student grade for a FlatWorld Assignment?

For integrated homework, all grade changes will take place in the Blackboard grade book.

Can I copy a Homework course in Blackboard?

As long as your school is using an LTI 1.3 integration (FlatWorld Assignments), copying the Blackboard course will carry over your created Homework assignments to the new Blackboard course shell. You will need to check that the assignment dates line up with the new semester, and launch the assignments in order to complete the copying process.

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