About files and multimedia

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You can add files, images, audio, and video when you create content in your course. For example, in discussions, you can browse for a media clip from your computer or your course's file repository: Course Files or the Content Collection.

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Based on the content type, you can use the functions in the editor to embed content in your text. You have creative control over how your content appears and the flexibility to change the order and appearance when you want.

In some instances, you can browse for files in a separate attachment section. You may also be able to drag and drop files from your computer into the Attachments area. Drag files from your computer to the "hot spot" in the Attach Files area. If your browser allows, you can also drag a folder of files. The files will upload individually. If the browser doesn't allow you to submit after you upload a folder, select Do not attach in the folder's row to remove it. You can drag the files individually and submit again.

You can also add social media from other websites to your content. These social media elements that appear in a course are called "mashups." A mashup combines elements from two or more sources. For example, when you view a YouTube™ video as part of the course content, you are experiencing a mashup.

More on mashups

Or, use the Build Content menu to embed multimedia as standalone items in the content list.


Watch a video about attaching files

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Video: Attaching Files from Course Files shows the two ways you can attach files from Course Files.


Add files to your content

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Wherever you can attach files in your course, you can browse for files from your computer or your course's file repository: Course Files or the Content Collection.

When you use the Insert File function in the editor, you can determine exactly where the file's link appears within your content. When you use the Attachments section, the file you uploaded appears immediately after the title of the content item.

More on methods for adding files

The Browse Course and Browse Content Collection windows include tabs and functions so that you can browse and search for files easily.

  1. Browse, Upload, and Advanced Search tabs:
    • Browse for folders you have access to. If you have Course Files, you only have access to the files for the course you are in. With the Content Collection, you may be able to access files for other courses and those shared institution-wide.
    • Upload one file, multiple files, or a zipped package.
    • Perform an advanced search. You can search file and folder names, metadata, file contents, date created, and more.
  2. View List and View Thumbnails: View files and folders as a list of file names or as thumbnail icons.
  3. Breadcrumbs: Navigate to other folders. Use the Select to use the current folder location icon to link the folder that appears last in the breadcrumbs in your course. Note that the folder appears in the Select Items area.
  4. Search Content: Perform a basic search for file and folder names.
  5. Use the check boxes to select files and folders to include in your content item. You can select the header check box to select all visible items. When you link to a folder, use caution as students receive the read permission by default on all of the folder's contents. Read permission allows students to view all the files and sub-folders in the selected folder.
  6. Select Items: The files and folders you select appear in this area. Select the Show List icon to view your selections. To remove an item, select the X.

Upload content from Dropbox

If your institution has enabled the Dropbox Education integration, you and your students can link directly to your Dropbox content with the Blackboard Learn mashup tool available in most content areas. Students can also upload files directly from their Dropbox when they submit assignments.

When you access Dropbox Education the first time from Blackboard Learn, you'll be prompted to either create an account or authenticate to your current account. After you log in, browse Dropbox and select the appropriate content.


Watch a video about using the editor

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Video: Using the Content Editor shows how to format text and add tables, images, and links to your content.


Add images in the editor

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When you create content, you can determine where images appear in relation to your text. Select the Insert/Edit Image icon to embed an image in the text area or edit an existing selected image. Alternatively, embed or edit an image with the right-click menu. You can also resize an image you already added in the text area. Press and drag an image's corners or sides.

You can browse for image files from your computer or your course's file repository: Course Files or the Content Collection.

You can add the common image types, such as GIF, JPG, JPEG, BMP, PNG, and TIF.

If you don't want the image to appear embedded in your text, select the Insert File icon. Browse for the image file and create a link that students select to view the image in another window or tab.

Image settings

On the General tab, you can upload an image file or create a link to a file outside of the system. To create the link, type or paste a URL in the Image URL box. You must use the http:// protocol.

You can add alternative text that describes the image for people who use screen readers or visit web pages with images turned off. You can also add a title that appears when a student points to an image.

On the Appearance tab, you can control image placement and appearance. A sample thumbnail shows how your choices will appear. Pixels are used for dimensions, space, and the border. If you select the check box for Constrain Proportions and change the dimensions, the image is resized without horizontal or vertical distortion.

If you want your image to appear right or left of a block of text, type your text in the editor first. Then, move your cursor to the beginning of the text and insert your image there. After you add your image in the General tab, move to the Appearance tab to choose your alignment, dimensions, and space around the image.

On the Advanced tab, you can specify an alternative image based on mouse activity. You can also set additional identification, language, and link parameters. Normally, you don't need to set or change these settings.


Add images in the Build Content menu

You can embed an image so that it appears as a standalone piece of content in the content list.

In a content area, learning module, lesson plan, or folder, select Build Content to access the menu and select Image. Type a name, optional description, and alternative text. Select the appropriate options for dimensions, availability, tracking, and display dates. Display dates don't affect an image's availability, only when it appears.

Browse for an image file from your computer or your course's file repository: Course Files or the Content Collection. If the Mashups function is available, you can also browse for a Flickr photo. You can preview the image before you submit.

After you submit, the title and image appear in the content list. You can change the content at any time. Access the image's menu and select Edit.

You can change where the item appears in the list with the drag-and-drop function or the keyboard accessible reordering tool.


Add audio and media files in the editor

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When you create content, you can determine where media clips appear in relation to your text. Select the Insert/Edit Embedded Media icon to embed a media clip in the text area or edit an existing selected media item. You can also use the right-click menu to edit the properties of an existing selected media clip.

If you don't want the media clip to appear embedded in your text, select the Insert File icon. Browse for the media file and create a link that students select to view the media in another window or tab.

Blackboard Learn supports these media file types:

  • Audio: AIFF, MP3, MIDI, MP, WAV, and WMA
  • Video: ASF, AVI, MOV, MOOV, MPG, MPEG, QT, SWA, SWF, and WMV

Media settings

From the menu, select the type of media you want to add. You can upload a media file or create a link to a file outside of the system. To create the link, type or paste a URL in the File/URL box. You must use the http:// protocol. The video appears for your preview.

For the dimensions, you can add a size displayed in pixels. If not set, the actual size populates the boxes.

If you select the check box for Constrain Proportions and add a measurement, the file is resized without horizontal or vertical distortion. You can preview the file in the window.

On the Advanced tab, you can set advanced display parameters. For example, you can set the V-Space and H-Space-the vertical and horizontal margins for space around the embedded media.

You can also set options specific to Flash media only, including these:

  • Auto Play: Plays automatically
  • Loop: Replays automatically

On the Source tab, you can provide custom media HTML code. This feature is intended for advanced web developers.


Add a feedback recording

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You can embed an audio/video recording 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.

More on adding audio/video feedback


Add audio and video in the Build Content menu

You can embed audio and video so that they appear as standalone pieces of content in the content list.

In a content area, learning module, lesson plan, or folder, select Build Content to access the menu and select Audio or Video. Type a name, optional description, and select the appropriate options for dimensions, availability, tracking, and display dates. Display dates don't affect the media's availability, only when it appears.

Browse for an audio or video file from your computer or your course's file repository: Course Files or the Content Collection. If the Mashups function is available, you can also browse for a YouTube video. You can preview the media clip before you submit.

We recommend that you include a transcript so that students who can't hear are able to receive the same information. Browse your computer to attach your own transcript file. If the video file is an MPEG file, you can use the Include Transcript field to attach an SAMI transcript file.

After you submit, the title, transcript, and media clip appear in the content list. You can change the content at any time. Access the item's menu and select Edit.

You can change where the media clip appears in the list with the drag-and-drop function or the keyboard accessible reordering tool.

If a video file type isn't supported and doesn't appear embedded, students can download the file to watch it.


ULTRA: Add files, images, audio, and video

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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.

Supported file types include DOC, DOCX, HTM, HTML, MP3, 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. You can also expand or create a folder and then upload files. Select Upload to browse for files on your computer or drag files from your desktop onto Upload. The files appear in the content list. Access the file's menu to edit the file name, align with goals, replace the file, or add a description.

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.

More on cloud storage

Add files from the Content Collection. If you already have files stored in the Content Collection, you can add to them in your course.

More on adding files from the Content Collection

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. Select the More options icon in the file's row to open the menu and select Edit. In the panel, select Align with goals to search for available goals to align with the file.

Students won't be able to 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. Select the More options icon to 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.

  1. Tab to an item's move icon.
  2. Press Enter to activate move mode.
  3. Use the arrow keys to choose a location.
  4. Press Enter to drop the item in the new location.

Zip files

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. Select Upload to browse for the file on your computer or drag the file from your desktop onto Upload.


ULTRA: Add files from the Content Collection

You can use the Content Collection to organize, share, and reuse content in your courses and institution. You can add content from the Content Collection right on the Course Content page.

Select the plus sign wherever you want to add content. You can also find the Content Collection in the Import Content menu. 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 that your institution has added and shared. Use the browse functions to explore what's available.

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 without adding content to your course, you can access it on the Tools page. You can also add links to items in the Content Collection.

Review the list

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 More options 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.

How Content Collection files behave

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.

ULTRA: Watch a video about adding content

The following narrated video provides a visual and auditory representation of some of the information included on this page. For a detailed description of what is portrayed in the video, open the video on YouTube, navigate to More actions, and select Open transcript.


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.


ULTRA: Insert images in the editor

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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 are adding 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 the Insert/Edit Image from Web icon. 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.

To edit the image's source or alternative text, select the image in the editor and then select the Insert/Edit Image from Web icon.


ULTRA: Insert media files in the editor

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You can upload files in the editor in certain areas of an Ultra course. File attachments can supplement the text you add. In discussions, for example, you may want to include an image or a document to help students better 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 Content > Insert 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.

More on file types you can add


ULTRA: Insert Content Market files

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 Content Market File.

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.

More on the Content Market


ULTRA: Insert videos in the editor

You can use the Insert/Edit Video from Web option to insert a video directly into the editor. The editor automatically embeds the video so it appears alongside the other content you include. Students can watch the video within the same window, without having to navigate to the video's host site.

You can only insert YouTube or Vimeo videos at this time.

  1. In the editor, select Insert/Edit Video from Web.
  2. Paste the video source URL.
  3. Add alternative text that describes the video for people who use screen readers or may not be able to load the video.
  4. Select Insert. The video automatically embeds in the editor.

ULTRA: Insert a feedback recording in the editor

Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Original" help about recording feedback.

You can embed an audio/video recording 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.

More on adding audio/video feedback


ULTRA: Insert web content in the editor

YouTube is the only web content provider supported at this time. We'll add more soon!

Use the Insert Web Content option to browse and add video content 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, without having to navigate to the video's host site.

  1. In the editor, select Insert Web Content.
  2. Type a search term to find the relevant video.
  3. Use the filter options to explore the list of search results. YouTube determines the order of the search results.
  4. Select a video from the list.
  5. On the Edit Content Settings panel, you can add alternative text that describes the video for people who use screen readers or may not be able to load the video.
  6. Choose to display the video as a link or inline so it appears alongside the other content you include. If a student's browser doesn't support inline viewing, the video appears as a link.
  7. Select Insert.