Submitting Assignments in Your ELI History Course


1.  You must use Blackboard to submit an assignment or extra credit work to your instructor.

When you log into your Blackboard course, you will see a button (Submit Assignments) on the left side of Blackboard. When you click on that button, you will see a list of the assignments to submit. Click on the assignment that you want to submit, include a short message in the "Comments" box, attach your assignment and then click on the submit button. You will receive a confirmation message that your assignment was submitted. When you submit a required assignment, it will automatically be sent through SafeAssign to check for any plagiarism issues.

2. Follow the same procedure if you are resubmitting an assignment

This would apply after you have reviewed your instructor's feedback and rewritten your assignment.

3.  Always include in your submission a short message to your instructor including:

  • your first and last name (Do not include your emplid.)
  • the name and format of the assignment
  • a typical message might look like this
    Professor Smith,
    This is my Gilgamesh paper, in Word.
    John Jones

4.  Please do not submit more than one assignment or extra credit item at a time.

Your instructor will not accept more than one submission for grading per calendar day. This requirement does not apply to discussion posts on Blackboard.

5.  Failure to follow these instructions may mean that an assignment will not reach your instructor.

If a submitted item does not reach your instructor with the required identifying information, or in a format that is incorrect or improper, he/she will return the work ungraded with a request for resubmission.

6.  You can expect to receive timely feedback on your assignments.

Once you have sent an assignment to your instructor, you can expect a response within 24-48 hours. That feedback will appear on your Blackboard gradebook when you click on your assignment grade. If you do not see a grade and feedback within three days, please contact your instructor to confirm receipt of the assignment.

7.  When you have course/assignment questions, or when you want to send a draft of an assignment, then you should use your student email to contact your professor.

8.  Always be courteous and polite in all of your email communications with your professor and college staff.

Let me repeat that we expect all emails from you to be formal, courteous and polite. Please also remember that you are not on a first name basis with your instructor, who should always be addressed as "professor."

  • Email exchanges are considered to be formal communication; email is not IM, chat, texting, messaging, etc.  So, formal English style and grammar usage should always be observed.
  • Please address your professor and always include your name in your email.
  • No IM contractions/acronyms, no misspellings, no slang is allowed; an email message may be returned to you for correction.
  • Please also note that inappropriate, aggressive, antagonistic, or impolite email will be forwarded to the appropriate college administrator for possible disciplinary action.

9.  You should use your official VCCS email for your communications with your instructor.

Northern Virginia Community College and the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) ask you to use your official VCCS student e-mail account because of security and privacy concerns.  You can access your official e-mail account at  There is also an online Student Email Guidelines.  Student technical support information for NVCC is at the college's IT Help Desk.  If you wish, you can set up your student email to forward your messages to another email account. Log into your student email and click on the "Settings" option. Then select "Forwarding and POP/IMAP," and there you can enter the email address that you want your student email to forward to. 


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