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About files and multimedia

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You can add files, images, video, and audio when you create content in your course. For example, in discussions, you can browse for a media clip from your computer or the Content Collection if you have access to it.

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.

In some instances, you can browse for files in a separate attachment section.

You can 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


Add files to your content

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Wherever you can attach files in your course, you can use the Browse My Computer function to select a file. If you have access to the Content Collection, you can use the Browse Content Collection function for some content types.

When you use the Insert File function in the editor, you can determine exactly where the file's link appears within your content.

The Browse Content Collection window includes tabs and functions so that you can browse and search for files easily.

  1. Browse, Upload, and Advanced Search tabs:
    • Browse for Content Collection folders you have access to.
    • 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.
  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.
  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.

More on the Content Collection

Upload content from Dropbox

If your institution has enabled the Dropbox Education integration, you can link directly to your Dropbox content by using the Blackboard Learn mashup functionality available in most content areas. You can also upload files directly from your Dropbox when submitting assignments.

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


Watch a video about using the editor

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


Add images in the editor

Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Ultra" help about adding images in the editor.

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 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 users select to view the image in another window or tab. In some areas of your course, you can also drag and drop files from your computer or use the Browse My Computer option.

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 user points 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 media files in the editor

Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Ultra" help about adding media files in the editor.

You can determine where media files 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 file to appear embedded in your text, select the Insert File icon. Browse for the media file and create a link that users select to view the media in another window or tab.

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.


ULTRA: Add files and multimedia

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When you submit your work in assignments, you can browse for files in cloud storage or on your computer. You can include documents, video, audio, and images.

More on cloud storage

Supported file types include DOC, DOCX, HTM, HTML, MP3, MPG, PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS, XLSX, RTF, TXT, ZIP, and most image types.

More on file types you can add

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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 in cloud storage. You can also upload an image from your local drive.

If you add a large image, you may want to include the image as a separate text link. Then, your classmates and instructor can select the link to view the image separately and more clearly, while still able to read your text.

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 help you express your thoughts in addition to text. In discussions, for example, you may want to include a document to support your statements.

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 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.

Supported file types for most browsers include JPEG, GIF, PNG, MP3, FLAC, WAV, and MP4.


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. Your classmates can watch the video within the same window, without navigating 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 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. Others 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 browser doesn't support inline viewing, the video appears as a link.
  7. Select Insert.