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Video: Add content to the course content page explains how to add content to your course by creating new content, copying content from other courses, uploading content, or adding content from your Content Collection.
On the Course Content page, you can browse for files in cloud storage or on your computer. In some cases, students select the file name to download and open it. If allowed by the browser, some media files open in a new window or tab. Students are notified in their activity streams when you add content.
In most browsers, you can select where the files that you open in courses are downloaded. For example, in Chrome, navigate to Settings > Advanced > Downloads. You can select the location for file downloads and choose if you want the browser to ask each time. In Safari, you have the same capabilities. Navigate to Preferences > General > File download location. You can perform an internet search to learn about file download choices in other browsers.
Supported file types include DOC, DOCX, HTM, HTML, MP4, MPG, PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS, XLSX, RTF, TXT, ZIP, and most image types.
Upload files. Select the plus sign wherever you want to upload files. In the menu, select Upload to browse for files on your computer. The files appear in the content list.
Open a file's menu to edit the file name, align with goals, replace the file, or add a description. You can also expand or create a folder or learning module and then upload files.
If your institution uses Blackboard Ally, you can use the tool to be sure your course content is accessible to every student. Accessibility score indicators and alternative formats appear next to files. Learn more about Ally later in this topic.
Add files from cloud storage. If you already have files stored in the cloud, such as in OneDrive® and Google Drive™, you can add them to your course. You may choose multiple files from cloud storage to add to your Course Content page in one action. The files you add are copies. If you make a change to a file in cloud storage, you need to upload a new copy in your course.
Add files from the Content Collection. If you already have files stored in the Content Collection, you can add to them in your course.
Copying and pasting links from the URL bar to Images, PDFs, or other Files in the content collection won't function properly. These URLs are temporary and break later.
Control what students see. All content is hidden from students until you decide to show it. Each item displays if it's visible or hidden from students. Select the visibility to change it.
With your keyboard, tab to the visibility list and press Enter to open the menu. Use Alt/Option + the up and down arrows to select an option.
Add goals and standards. You and your institution can use goals to measure student achievement across programs and curriculums. After you successfully upload a file to your course, you can align one or multiple goals. Open the menu in the file's row and select Edit. In the panel, select Align with goals to search for available goals to align with the file.
Students can't see the goals you align with a file.
Reorder, edit, and delete content easily. Point to an item to reveal the Move icon and drag the item to a new location in the content list. Open the menu and select Edit or Delete. For example, in the panel, you can change a file's name, type a description that appears with the file on the Course Content page, or replace the file.
With your keyboard, you can move an item to a new location, move an item into an expanded folder, and move a folder into another expanded folder.
- Tab to an item's move icon.
- Press Enter to activate move mode.
- Use the arrow keys to choose a location.
- Press Enter to drop the item in the new location.
On the Course Content page, you can upload a compressed package of files, also called a ZIP file. Students select the ZIP file to download it to their computers and unzip it to access the contents. In the menu, select Upload to browse for the file on your computer.
Your institution controls which tools are available.
Your class is full of diverse students with unique learning abilities. Providing students with more accessible content means each individual can choose formats that work best for them. If your institution uses Blackboard Ally, you can use the tool to help ensure your course content is accessible to every student.
Accessibility score indicators and alternative formats appear next to course documents and tests.
- Find the content you want to improve.
- Next to the content is an icon that shows the accessibility score.
- Select the score icon to learn how to improve the accessibility score.
- Ally opens and shows you steps on how to edit your content for improved accessibility and optimize it for alternative formats.
Students don’t see the content's accessibility score. Instead, students can choose from the alternative formats Ally generates for the content. You can help Ally create better alternative formats by following best practices for creating accessible content.
After you add content to a course, Ally creates alternative formats of the content based on the original. For example, if the original content is a PDF, Ally creates audio, electronic braille, and ePub formats of the same content. These formats are made available with the original file so everything is in one convenient location.
The alternative formats created depend on the original content type. If you don't see an option to download alternative formats, Ally isn’t enabled for that course or the content isn't a supported content type.
Find content in your course. Select the menu beside it and select Alternative Formats. Choose the version that is best for your needs! Select Download to save the alternative format to your device.
You can upload files in the editor in certain areas of an Ultra course. For example, you can include an image or a document to help students understand your instructions or initial prompt.
The editor only supports inline viewing for videos in MP4 format. You may need to download videos that use other file types, such as MOV or MPEG. You can't add attachments in the editor in calendar items.
Select Insert/Edit Local File. Browse for a file from your computer. A status window appears to show the progress of the file upload. You can also add files from cloud storage, such as OneDrive.
You can edit the file's settings, including the display name, alternative text, and display behavior. Choose whether to insert the file as a link in the editor or to embed the file directly so it appears inline with other content you've added.
To edit the file's alternative text or display behavior, select the file in the editor and then select the Edit Attachment icon.
In some areas of an Ultra course, you can use the editor functions to add images along with text content. You can add images that are hosted online or you can upload an image from your local drive.
If you add a large image, it's a good idea to include the image as a separate text link. This way, your students can select the link to view the image separately and more clearly, while still able to read your text.
At this time, you can't add images in the editor in calendar items.
Select Add Content > Insert/Edit Image from Web. Type or paste an image URL to embed an image hosted online. You must use the http:// protocol. Include a description of the image in the Alternative text box so users who can't view the image are able to understand the image's importance.
Add Office 365 files. You can embed enterprise Office365 files directly into your content. Select Share in your Office365 file to create a link to the file. Choose which permissions you want the user to have and select Copy Link. This copies the link to your clipboard. To embed the content, select Insert/Edit Media from Web from the editor. Paste the link in Media URL.Select Insert.
To edit the image's source or alternative text, select the image in the editor and then select Insert/Edit Image from Web.
You can use the Insert/Edit Media from Web option to insert media and enterprise Office365 files directly into the editor. The editor automatically embeds the content so it appears with other content you include. Students can view the content, such as a video, within the same window—no need to navigate to the media's site.
You can embed content from these sites:
- Khan Academy
- In the editor, select Add Content > Insert/Edit Media from Web.
- Paste the source URL from the site.
- Add alternative text that describes the item for people who use screen readers or may not be able to load the content.
- Select Insert. The item automatically embeds in the editor.
Use the Insert YouTube Video option to browse and add YouTube videos directly in the editor. No need to leave your course to find a link! You can choose to display the video as a link or to embed the video so it appears alongside the other content you include. Students can watch the video within the same window—no need to navigate to YouTube.
You can embed audio and video recordings of your feedback in the editor as you grade attempts. The recording option appears in the feedback editor for most graded items in your course. Students watch or listen to your feedback alongside any text you include.
This function isn't supported on all browsers. For the best experience, use Chrome or Firefox.
Your institution controls which tools are available.
The Content Market is your gateway to valuable learning materials from trusted content providers. You can also access tools and links your administrator has made available across your institution.
You can add content from the Content Market directly to the editor in your course's assignments, tests, and documents. In the editor, select Insert content > Insert/Edit LTI Item.
Select a tool to launch and browse for content to add. Or, select the plus sign on the Institution Tool's card to add the entire tool in the editor. When you add a tool or a piece of content to the editor, it appears as a link.
You can use the Content Collection to organize, share, and reuse files in your courses and those files shared institution-wide. You can add files from the Content Collection right on the Course Content page. Select the plus sign wherever you want to add files. In the menu, select Content Collection to browse the files available to you and add them to your course.
You can also find the Content Collection in the Import Content panel. Select Content Collection to browse the files available to you and add them to your course. To speed up the process, you can select multiple files to add at one time.
Select Browse Content Collection to get started. You're brought to the Content Collection system, where you can find files stored here from your other courses. You'll also have access to files your institution has added and shared. Use the browse functions to explore.
The first time you open the Content Collection in your Ultra course, you can open it in the current window or in a new window. Select the option that works best for you. You can change the setting later. Select the Browser Settings icon at the top of the window.
When you find a file you want to add to your course, select the check box next to the file name. You can continue to browse and select files. The system shows how many files you've selected at the bottom of the window. Ready to add? Select Submit to review your list of selected items.
If you want to browse the Content Collection but not add a file to your course, you can access the Content Collection on the Tools page. You can also add links to items in the Content Collection.
You can review the list of selected files before you import into your course. Review the Item Name, Date Modified, and Size to confirm that these are the correct files. Forgot something? You can add more items to the list. Select Back to Content Collection to continue browsing.
To remove or edit a file from the list, open the menu for the item. Select Delete if you no longer want to copy the file to your course. Select Edit to change the file's name or description.
Select Save to add the content to your course. The files are hidden to students by default so you can continue building course content.
When you add a file from the Content Collection to your Ultra course, the file in your course maintains a link to the original location. Keep these characteristics in mind when adding Content Collection files to your course:
- File permissions in the Content Collection don't impact whether a student can view a file in your course. You control visibility settings for these files the same way as all other content in your course.
- If a file you added to your course is updated or overwritten in the Content Collection, the file in your course reflects that change as well.
- If a file you added to your course is deleted in the Content Collection, the file is no longer accessible in your course. The file still appears in the Course Content page, but an error appears when a user opens it. You can access the 360° View before you delete Content Collection files to understand the impact.
- When you delete a course file that you added from the Content Collection, the file remains in the Content Collection. The only file removed is the one within your course.
Embed files inline
Content creation and presentation are key for designing engaging courses. Various files will render inline in Course Content, folders, and learning modules. Instructors can set the behavior of these files for users:
- view and download (default)
- view only
- download only
Image 1. Instructor view - Edit File Options
Supported file types:
|Adobe Acrobat Documents (PDF)||Microsoft Word (DOC, DOCX)||Microsoft PowerPoint (PPT, PPTX)|
|Microsoft Excel (XLS, XLSX. XLST, CVS, TSV)||OpenOffice Documents (ODS, ODT, ODP)||Standard text file (txt)|
Non-supported file types will always be downloadable for users.
For the file types: .xlsx, .xls, .xlst, .csv, and .tsv, inline viewing is only supported for files up to 10 Mb in size. Files over 10 Mb are downloadable only.
Some image, video, and audio file types will now open in a large panel. Users can view or play back media in the browser:
Image 2. Several types of files in Course Content
Image 3. Audio recording - inline display and playback
Image 4. Document inline display
Image 5. Image inline display
Image 6. Presentation inline display
Image 7. Video inline display and playback