You can add file attachments to different areas in a course, such as to a content item, an assignment, or a discussion board post. Users open a file by clicking a link to the file that appears in the course.
Locate the file you want to attach to your course using one of the following options:
After selecting a file to attach, you may add a name for the link to the file. This link title appears to users, instead of the name of the document. For example, you could assign "Biology Syllabus" as the link title instead of using the file name syllabus_bio_101.doc.
Blackboard Learn allows the use of all characters in file names. However, a user's operating system and browser may limit the types of characters accepted. For example, some browsers do not accept multi-byte characters, and some may not have the languages installed to display the special alphabetic characters specific to them.
The following file types are recognized by Blackboard Learn. These files can appear within a content item.
Note: Blackboard Learn can recognize additional file types and associated applications if a MIME extension is added. Contact your school to learn more about adding MIME extensions.
|Extension||File Type||Programs associated with the File Type|
|aam||Multimedia||Adobe® Authorware® plug-in. Note that the AAM file is the starting point for a series of files that must be enclosed in a ZIP file.|
|aiff||Audio||Audio media player|
|asf||Multimedia||Microsoft® .NET™ Show|
|au||Audio||Real Audio Player™|
|avi||Video||Video player (not Macintosh® compatible)|
|doc||Text||Microsoft® Word or other word processor|
|gif||Image||Graphics program or web browser|
|html, htm||Web page||HTML editor or web browser|
|jpg, jpeg||Image||Graphics program or web browser|
|jif||Image||Graphics program or web browser|
|mp3||Audio||Audio media player|
|mpe||Audio/Video||Audio media player|
|mpg, mpeg||Audio/Video||Audio media player|
|moov,movie||Movie||QuickTime® movie player|
|mov||Video||Movie or media player|
|Text||Adobe® Acrobat® Reader|
|png||Image||Portable Network Graphics|
|ppt, pps||Slideshow||Microsoft® PowerPoint® and PowerPoint® Player®|
|ra||Audio||Real Audio Player™|
|ram||Video||Real Audio Movie™|
|rm||Audio||Audio media player|
|rtf||Text||Rich Text Format|
|swf||Multimedia||Adobe® Shockwave® plug-in|
|tiff, tif||Image||Graphics program or web browser|
|txt||Text||Text or HTML editor, word processor|
|wav||Audio||Audio media player|
|wma||Audio||Audio media player|
|wpd||Text||WordPerfect® or other word processor|
You have several options in Blackboard Learn for sharing and exchanging files with students.
For distributing files to students, you can use Items or Files within a content area. You also have the ability to make items and files available for a set period of time or to apply adaptive release rules to limit access to students who have met a set of requirements.
You may also use Course Files or the Content Collection (if your school licenses content management) to store files and link to them in a content area.
You can create assignments to receive student files. Again, you can limit assignment availability by date and time, or by the application of adaptive release criteria. A major benefit is the ability to download all files submitted through an assignment in a single compressed ZIP file, rather than a file-by-file workflow.
The course groups feature allows you to create subsets of students and give them their own workspace to collaborate within a course. One groups tool is file exchange that permits group members and instructors to upload and manage documents in the group area. As only designated members can access the group area, this solution allows for cooperative editing as well as simple file exchange.
You can also enable the blogs, journals, and wikis tools within group areas.
Another option for file sharing is the discussion board. Threaded posts within the discussion board enable discussions of documents to be tracked easily.