Blackboard Tip: ‘Ignore’ Attempts

We’ve covered clearing blank or duplicate attempts, but that totally deletes the submission from the course history. Instead, try using the ignore attempt method.

The benefits of “ignore attempt” is that the record of the student’s submission is saved in the grade history, but that attempt leaves your “Needs Grading” queue and allows for another submission from the student(s). It also won’t reduce the student’s grade for that activity, which you run the risk of doing if you submit a zero for a duplicate attempt.

To ignore an attempt, click on the cell for that student in FGC, then on “View Grade Details.”

From this screen, click on Ignore Attempt for the “bad” one. In this example, I’ve given a grade for one attempt for this student and the other attempt shows as needs grading. I’m going to ignore that second attempt so that it doesn’t appear in the gradebook or in my queue.ignoreattempt

Again, “clearing” the attempt totally deletes it. To exempt a grade means that that student is not required to complete that activity and so the points for it won’t be included in the total for the course for that student. It’s like giving a student a pass on that activity so a zero wouldn’t hurt his or her grade.

After you’ve ignored an attempt, it’s still there, technically. The students will see ignored attempts if they review their submission histories …


… but they can toggle between attempts by clicking on the arrow next to “ATTEMPT.”


And the instructor can see the ignored attempt in the full grade center by clicking on the chevron in the student’s cell for that activity.



Alex is online course support technician at IDS, working to support all online, hybrid and LMS-enhanced instructors and students in using Blackboard and several media servers. She's also the administrator for the MCC Blogs network. You can reach her at

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