You can search for items by title on the Course Content page. Select the magnifying glass button located at the top right of the page to expand the button into a search bar.
In the search bar, type a few letters of the keyword related to the item of your search.
The course search function displays the titles of matched items as you type in letters. Select the item from the list to open the corresponding content.
Select the Show all item results link at the bottom of the list to display a detailed view of all matched items. Select the desired item to view.
To do another search, select the ‘X’ button inside the search bar to clear your previous entry. You can also delete the search bar contents and type in a different keyword.
Select the Clear Search link near the top left side of the list to clear the detailed list of search results. You'll return to the full Course Content page.
The search display functions in a different way when the browser is not in full screen.
Edit, replace, and delete
You can make changes to existing content items on your Course Content page. In an item's row, select the menu button to access the Edit and Delete functions.
Edit or replace files. To edit or replace files, select the ellipsis button on the right-hand side of the item you wish to work with. This opens a panel that allows you to edit:
- Display name. Select the display name at the top of the panel to edit the name that appears on the Course Content page for your item.
- Add goals and standards. You and your institution can use goals to measure student achievement across programs and curricula. After you successfully upload a file to your course, you can align one or multiple goals. Select the ellipsis button on the right-hand side of the item you wish to work with 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.
- Replace the file. Use this option to substitute one file in place of another. For example, you may find a higher resolution version of an image you've uploaded. If the file in question is being displayed in multiple locations in the course, a prompt asks if you wish to replace the file in all instances or this single instance. The old file is not retained when replaced by the new version, unless you are replacing it in one instance only. This frees up storage space for your institution.
- Add a description. The description appears beneath the display name on the Course Content page. This is where you can provide students with more information about the item. The maximum length of a description is 750 characters. A warning will appear below the description field when 75 characters or less remain.
- Edit student access to file. You can edit students' ability to download or view the file.
Delete files. You can delete an item from your course or hide it from students to preserve the information. Students can't access hidden items on the Course Content page. If you delete a folder or learning module that has content, the content is also removed from the Course Content page.
Reorder content on the Course Content page
Select the row of the item you wish to move and drag it to a new location. You can also move content into a folder. Expand the folder and drag the item to the area below the folder's title.
Learn Ultra supports up to three levels of hierarchy for content nesting on the Course Content page. For example, a folder within a folder is two levels. A folder within a folder within a learning module is an example of three levels. Your institution has the option to add one additional level of content nesting in courses across the institution. Ask your Ultra administrator whether your institution uses this option.
With your keyboard, you can move an item to a new location and move an item into a folder.
- Tab to an item's move button (the button is two vertical arrows: one pointing up, one pointing down).
- Press Enter to activate move mode.
- Use the arrow keys to choose a location.
- Press Enter to drop the item in the new location.
In an item's row, open the menu to access the Edit and Delete functions.
You can easily set each piece of course content as visible or hidden from students. You can make this setting when you create each piece of content, or you can make a change after the content appears in your course.
By prominently displaying the visibility of each item, you can be confident you aren't showing students content that isn't quite ready. You have the flexibility to experiment with content before you release it to students. For example, you might show only the first week of content—and keep the rest hidden as you refine 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.
Students can't access items set to appear on future dates, but they can see them in the list. You can also create rules to release content based on how a student performs on other items in your course.
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.