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Adding Files and Links to Blackboard

Files and hyperlinks can be added to any Content Area or Folder on Blackboard. At the top of a Content Area or Folder you'll see the buttons "Build Content", "Assessments", "Tools", etc.  Adding Files and Links is part of "Build Content"

NOTE - In Blackboard you can add files and links many different Content Areas or Folders - not just to the default Content Areas.  You can also mix content and assessments within the same Content Area or Folder.

Move your mouse cursor over the "Build Content" button and you'll see a variety of choices.

This image shows the Course Content menu

Adding a Folder

Choose "Content Folder" (1) to create a subfolder to organize your course content and activities.  The folder will have a name and description and its availability can be restricted.

Once you have created a folder click on its name to go inside.  There you'll see the buttons for "Build Content", "Assessments" etc. Each folder can be a new content area.

Adding an Item/File

A file may be uploaded and placed in a Content Area by adding either an "Item" or a "File" (2).  The advantage of using an "Item" is that a description can be added. In both cases you can restrict or time limit availability 

Details: Creating a Blackboard Item (pdf)

Adding media content

Choose "Audio", "Image", "Video""Web Link" (3) to add a media file. This method of adding content will not allow you to add a description, only the file itself.  You can, however, restrict availability.

Editing existing files, items, links, folders

Next to the name of each Blackboard component will be a drop-down menu.  The button for this menu is a circle with arrow. 

This image shows the icon used to edit an item.

Use this menu to edit, delete, move, copy, etc.   When you Edit an element you can not only change it's name or description, you can change options such as availability.

This image shows the edit item menu


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