This information applies only to the Ultra Course View.

What is Batch Edit?

Content management is a time-consuming part of course set up and maintenance. Instructors spend valuable time carefully organizing content and assessments to release it for students to access at certain times.

In the Ultra Course View, you can use Batch Edit to update common settings across all content, such as visibility and due dates. Batch Edit lets you control content settings in one place and all at once to save you time managing your course.

To get started, go to Course Content > Batch Edit.

When you open the Batch Edit window, all of your content appears just as it does on the Course Content page. Sort the list by item title, category, or visibility.


Edit content visibility

  1. Select the checkbox next to the items you want to update. You can choose individual content items or you can edit visibility for folders.
  2. At the bottom of the window, next to Edit selection, choose Edit visibility in the Options menu.
  3. Choose to show or hide the content from students and select Save Visibility.
  4. A message appears that your content was updated successfully. Select View Details to confirm the content's visibility settings.

You can't currently use conditional release rules with Batch Edit.

Content folders

Folders are a helpful way to organize and release related content in your course. Along with Batch Edit, folders can help ease the burden of content management.

You can update folder visibility using Batch Edit, just as you would for individual content items.

  1. On the Batch Edit window, select a folder to open it.
  2. Select content within the folder and select Edit selection > Edit visibility.
  3. Choose to show or hide the content from students and select Save Visibility.
  4. A message appears that your content was updated successfully. Select View Details to confirm the content's visibility settings.

If you hide a folder from students, all content within the folder is also hidden. If you make a folder visible, you can still control visibility of the items within the folder. Show or hide as many items in a folder as you'd like.

Content visibility settings are preserved if you change the folder's visibility. For example, you have a folder with five visible documents and a hidden test. When the folder is hidden, student's won't see any of the content. When you change the folder to Visible to students, the five documents will also be visible, but the test remains hidden.

Editing content across folders

Batch Edit only lets you apply new visibility settings to content within the folder you are currently viewing. You can't choose content within two different folders and update visibility at the same time.

Make a selection on the screen you're viewing and update visibility before leaving. You can select a mix of items and folders, but can only update visibility if they appear on the same screen.

When you navigate into or out of a folder, your previous content selections are cleared.


Edit due dates

Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Original" help about changing due dates with Date Management.

You can use Batch Edit to update content due dates when you reuse, copy, or import content. If you taught courses in an earlier term or calendar year, Batch Edit lets you select multiple pieces of content and adjust due dates in fewer steps.

  1. Select the checkbox next to the items you want to update. You can choose individual content items or folders.
  2. At the bottom of the window, next to Edit selection, choose Edit dates in the Options menu.
  3. Choose to update due dates based on the course start date or based on a number of days.
    • Change dates based on course start: Select a Current start date and a New start date. The tool automatically calculates the number of days between the two dates and adjusts all due dates using that number. After you choose two dates, a message appears to confirm how many days are between them.
      Example: Current start date is January 1 2019. New start date is January 15 2019. All due dates add 14 days.
    • Change dates by number of days: Type a number in the Shift dates forward or Shift dates backward field. All due dates for the selected content shift forward or backward based on the field and number you choose.
      Example: My course is all set up but a snow storm at the beginning of the semester pushes the academic calendar a bit. All due dates add 4 days.
  4. A message appears that your content was updated successfully. Select View Details to confirm which content was updated.

Content without due dates isn't affected when included in the selection.


ULTRA: Watch a video about batch editing

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: Batch edit explains how to batch edit content settings in the Ultra Course view.


Content and tools supported in Batch Edit

These items that appear on the Course Content page are supported in Batch Edit:

  • Documents, files, and links
  • Folders and learning modules
  • SCORM packages
  • Teaching tools with LTI connection
  • Assessments, such as tests and assignments
  • Discussions

You can't shift due dates or visibility for manual grade columns using Batch Edit.

You can't shift Blackboard Collaborate session start and end dates using Batch Edit. You can use Batch Edit to edit visibility for the session links that appear on the Course Content page. Blackboard Collaborate session start and end dates need to be edited in the Collaborate Scheduler.