What is cloud storage?

You can upload files to web apps that run in the "cloud" and aren't installed on your computer, such as OneDrive®.

Your files are stored on secure, online servers where they're protected from accidents and viruses. If something happens to your computer or phone, you don't have to worry about file loss. You can access your files in the cloud any time you're connected to the internet, on any of your devices.

In your courses, you and your students can instantly connect to multiple web apps where you store files. Blackboard Learn uses a cloud integration service for easy access to web apps in one location.

If you can't access cloud storage in your course, contact your administrator. Cloud storage might not be available in your Blackboard Learn deployment.


Access cloud storage for the first time

When you access cloud storage for the first time, you choose the web app you want to connect to:

  • OneDrive
  • Box
  • OneDrive for Business
  • Dropbox
  • Google Drive™

Next, sign in and allow the cloud integration service to connect to your web app.

In the cloud storage pop-up window, you see your files for the selected web app. In the menu, select Accounts to enable more web apps or switch to one you've enabled.

Select the X to remove your account.


Access cloud storage in your course

Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Ultra" help about accessing cloud storage in your course.

If you can't access cloud storage in your course, contact your administrator. Cloud storage might not be available in your Blackboard Learn deployment.

You can access your files in cloud storage in these course areas:

  • Attachments and in the editor for assignments
  • Attachments and in the editor for content items

Students can access their cloud storage files when they submit assignments.

Access cloud storage in an assignment

In an assignment in the Attach Files section, select Browse Cloud Storage.

You can also access cloud storage from Select File icon in the editor.


Add a file from cloud storage

Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Ultra" help about adding a file from cloud storage in your course.

When you add a file from cloud storage, the system makes a copy of the file in your course. The files aren't linked. Any change you make to a file within your course doesn't apply to the file in cloud storage.

  1. From the Attach Files menu, select Browse Cloud Storage.
  2. In the cloud storage pop-up window, select a web app from the menu and select a file name. Or, select a folder title to view the contents and select a file. You can select a ZIP file—a compressed package of files. ZIP files stay compressed when you add them. Students select the ZIP file to download it to their computers and unzip it to access the contents.
  3. Click Select to add the file to the page.

Cloud storage and shared computers

If you use a computer that others use, clear your cookies and site data after you sign out. Then, other users can’t access your files in cloud storage.


ULTRA: Access cloud storage in your course

Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Original" help about accessing cloud storage in your course.

You can access your files in cloud storage in these course areas:

  • Course Content page
  • Document, test, and assignment creation pages
  • Discussions, messages, and conversations

Students can access cloud storage for their assignments, tests, discussions, messages, and conversations.

Access cloud storage in a document

On a new document page or after you select the plus sign to add more content, select Upload from Cloud Storage.

You can also access cloud storage from the Insert Content menu in the editor.

More on accessing cloud storage on the Course Content page

More on accessing cloud storage from an assignment


ULTRA: Add a file from cloud storage

Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Original" help about adding a file from cloud storage in your course.

When you add a file from cloud storage, the system makes a copy of the file in your course. The files aren't linked. Any change you make to a file within your course doesn't apply to the file in cloud storage.

  1. Access the editor. From the Insert Content menu, select Insert from Cloud Storage.
  2. In the cloud storage pop-up window, select a web app from the menu and select a file name. Or, select a folder title to view the contents and select a file. You can select a ZIP file—a compressed package of files. ZIP files stay compressed when you add them. Students select the ZIP file to download it to their computers and unzip it to access the contents.
  3. Click Select to add the file to the page.

You can edit settings for the files you've added. Select a file in the editor and then select the Edit Attachment icon in the row of editor functions. You can add a Display name and Alternative text. Alternative text describes the image for people who use screen readers or visit web pages with images turned off.

You can also 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.

More on adding and editing files

Cloud storage and shared computers

If you use a computer that others use, clear your cookies and site data after you sign out. Then, other users can’t access your files in cloud storage.