About files and multimedia

Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Ultra" help about adding files and multimedia.

You can add files, images, audio, and video when you create content in your course. For example, in discussions, you can browse for a media clip from your computer or your course's file repository: Course Files or the Content Collection.

More on Course Files

More on the Content Collection

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 when you want.

In some instances, you can browse for files in a separate attachment section. You may also be able to drag and drop files from your computer into the Attachments area. Drag files from your computer to the "hot spot" in the Attach Files area. If your browser allows, you can also drag a folder of files. The files upload individually. If the browser doesn't allow you to submit after you upload a folder, select Do not attach in the folder's row to remove it. You can drag the files individually and submit again.

You can also 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're experiencing a mashup.

More on mashups

Or, use the Build Content menu to embed multimedia as standalone items in the content list.

Add files to your content

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

Wherever you can attach files in your course, you can browse for files from your computer or your course's file repository: Course Files or the Content Collection.

When you use the Add Content function in the editor, you can determine exactly where the file's link appears within your content. When you use the Attachments section, the file you uploaded appears immediately after the title of the content item.

More on methods for adding files

The Browse Course and Browse Content Collection windows include tabs and functions so you can browse and search for files easily.

  1. Browse, Upload, and Advanced Search tabs:
    • Browse for folders you have access to. If you have Course Files, you only have access to the files for the course you're in. With the Content Collection, you may be able to access files for other courses and those files shared institution-wide.
    • 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. Use the Select to use the current folder location icon to link the folder that appears last in the breadcrumbs in your course. Note the folder appears in the Select Items area.
  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. When you link to a folder, use caution as students receive the read permission by default on all of the folder's contents. Read permission allows students to view all the files and sub-folders in the selected folder.
  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.

In most browsers, you can select where the files that you open in courses are downloaded. For example, in Chrome, navigate to Settings > Advanced > Downloads. You can select the location for file downloads and choose if you want the browser to ask each time. In Safari, you have the same capabilities. Navigate to Preferences > General > File download location. You can perform an internet search to learn about file download choices in other browsers.

Upload content from Dropbox

If your institution has enabled the Dropbox Education integration, you and your students can link directly to your Dropbox content in most content areas with the content editor Add Content feature. Students can also upload files directly from Dropbox when they submit assignments.

When you access Dropbox Education the first time from Blackboard Learn, you're prompted to either create an account or authenticate to your current account. After you log in, browse Dropbox and select 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. You can place the cursor where you want the image to be placed and select the Add Content icon. In the new window, choose one of the Common Tools or Additional Tools available according to the content type you are creating, then browse for the image file.

You can resize an image. Once the image is created, press and drag an image's corners or sides. You can also edit an image with the right-click menu, manually modify its size in pixels and add a title that appears when a user points at it.

You can add the common image types, such as GIF, JPG, JPEG, BMP, PNG, and TIF.


Add images in the Build Content menu

You can embed an image so it appears as a standalone piece of content in the content list.

In a content area, learning module, lesson plan, or folder, select Build Content to access the menu and select Image. Type a name, optional description, and alternative text. Select the appropriate options for dimensions, availability, tracking, and display dates. Display dates don't affect an image's availability, only when it appears.

Browse for an image file from your computer or your course's file repository: Course Files or the Content Collection. If the Add Content function is available, you can also browse for a Flickr photo. You can preview the image before you submit.

After you submit, the title and image appear in the content list. You can change the content at any time. Open the image's menu and select Edit.

You can change where the item appears in the list with the drag-and-drop function or the keyboard accessible reordering tool.


Add audio and media files in the editor

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

When you create content, you can determine where media clips appear in relation to your text. Select the Add Content 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 some properties of an existing selected media clip.

Blackboard Learn supports these media file types:

  • Audio: AIFF, MP3, MIDI, MP, WAV, and WMA
  • Video: ASF, AVI, MOV, MOOV, MPG, MPEG, QT, SWA, SWF, and WMV

 

Media settings

With the right-click menu you can edit the properties of an existing selected media clip.

From the menu, you can select General, Embed or Advanced properties. The General properties you can change are the source, and the dimensions of the video (width and height) measured in pixels. If not set, the actual size will be used. If you select the padlock icon to Constrain Proportions and add a measurement, the file is resized without horizontal or vertical distortion.

The Embed properties option presents you with a text area where you can write or modify the embedding HTML code for the video to appear. This feature is intended for advanced web developers.

The Advanced properties include an alternative source or image URLs.


Add audio and video in the Build Content menu

You can embed audio and video so they appear as standalone pieces of content in the content list.

In a content area, learning module, lesson plan, or folder, select Build Content to access the menu and select Audio or Video. Type a name, optional description, and select the appropriate options for dimensions, availability, tracking, and display dates. Display dates don't affect the media's availability, only when it appears.

Browse for an audio or video file from your computer or your course's file repository: Course Files or the Content Collection. If the Add Content function is available, you can also browse for a YouTube video. You can preview the media clip before you submit.

We recommend that you include a transcript so students who can't hear are able to receive the same information. Browse your computer to attach your own transcript file. If the video file is an MPEG file, you can use the Include Transcript field to attach an SAMI transcript file.

After you submit, the title, transcript, and media clip appear in the content list. You can change the content at any time. Open the item's menu and select Edit.

You can change where the media clip appears in the list with the drag-and-drop function or the keyboard accessible reordering tool.

If a video file type isn't supported and doesn't appear embedded, students can download the file to watch it.


Ally Learn Originalissa – ohjaaja

Tiedoston käytettävyyden tarkistaminen ja parantaminen

Eikö näytä tutulta? Saat lisätietoja tiedoston käytettävyyden parantamisesta siirtymällä Ultran ohjeeseen.

Oppilaitoksesi määrittää, mitkä työkalut ovat käytettävissä.

Luokka on täynnä erilaisia opiskelijoita, joiden oppimiskyvyt ovat yksilölliset. Kun tarjoat opiskelijoille entistä helppokäyttöisempää sisältöä, kukin opiskelija voi valita itselleen parhaiten sopivan muodon. Jos oppilaitoksessasi on käytössä Blackboard Ally, voit varmistaa kurssisi sisällön helppokäyttöisyyden kaikille opiskelijoille työkalun avulla.

Ally tarkistaa kurssin sisällön automaattisesti ja tekee siitä entistä helppokäyttöisempää.

Aloita Allyn käyttäminen

  1. Etsi kurssitiedosto, jota haluat parantaa.
  2. Näet tiedoston nimen vieressä kuvakkeen, josta näet nopeasti tiedoston helppokäyttöisyysarvon. Näet arvon siirtämällä hiiren osoittimen kuvakkeen kohdalle. Tiedoston helppokäyttöisyyskuvakkeet sijaitsevat aina tiedoston vieressä, mutta tarkka sijainti vaihtelee kurssin eri alueilla. Blackboard Learnissa useimmat helppokäyttöisyyskuvakkeet ovat tiedoston vasemmalla puolella.
  3. Valitsemalla arvon kuvakkeen saat lisätietoja tiedoston helppokäyttöisyyden parantamisesta.
  4. Ally avaa ja näyttää vaiheet, joiden avulla voit muokata tiedostoa, parantaa sen käytettävyyttä ja optimoida sen vaihtoehtoisille muodoille.

Kurssin sisällön helppokäyttöisyyden lisääminen

Opiskelijat eivät näe tiedoston helppokäyttöisyysarvoa. Sen sijaan opiskelijat voivat valita haluamansa vaihtoehtoisen muodon, joita Ally tekee tiedostoille. Voit auttaa Allya luomaan parempia vaihtoehtoisia muotoja noudattamalla parhaita käytäntöjä helppokäyttöisten tiedostojen luomiseksi.

Vaihtoehtoisten muotojen näyttäminen

Kun liität tiedostoja kurssille, Ally luo vaihtoehtoiset muodot tiedoston alkuperäisen version pohjalta. Jos alkuperäinen tiedosto on esimerkiksi PDF-tiedosto, Ally luo samasta sisällöstä äänimuotoisen tiedoston, sähköisen pistekirjoitusversion ja ePub-version. Nämä muodot tarjotaan alkuperäisen ohella, jotta löydät kaiken kätevästi yhdestä sijainnista.

Luotavat vaihtoehtoiset muodot riippuvat alkuperäisestä tiedostotyypistä. Jos et näe toimintoa vaihtoehtoisten muotojen lataamiseksi, Ally ei ole käytössä kyseisellä kurssilla tai tiedosto ei ole tuettu sisältötyyppi.

Etsi kurssilla oleva tiedosto. Valitse tiedoston vieressä olevasta valikosta Vaihtoehtoiset muodot. Valitse tarpeisiisi parhaiten soveltuva versio! Tallenna vaihtoehtoinen muoto laitteellesi valitsemalla Lataa.

Lisätietoja kurssin sisällön vaihtoehtoisista muodoista

Video: Add Content to the Course Content Page


ULTRA: Watch a video about adding content

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: Add content to the course content page explains how to add content to your course by creating new content, copying content from other courses, uploading content, or adding content from your Content Collection.


ULTRA: Add files, images, audio, and video

Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Original" help about adding files and multimedia.

On the Course Content page, you can browse for files in cloud storage or on your computer. In some cases, students select the file name to download and open it. If allowed by the browser, some media files open in a new window or tab. Students are notified in their activity streams when you add content.

In most browsers, you can select where the files that you open in courses are downloaded. For example, in Chrome, navigate to Settings > Advanced > Downloads. You can select the location for file downloads and choose if you want the browser to ask each time. In Safari, you have the same capabilities. Navigate to Preferences > General > File download location. You can perform an internet search to learn about file download choices in other browsers.

Supported file types include DOC, DOCX, HTM, HTML, MP4, MPG, PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS, XLSX, RTF, TXT, ZIP, and most image types.

Upload files. Select the plus sign wherever you want to upload files. In the menu, select Upload to browse for files on your computer. The files appear in the content list.

Open a file's menu to edit the file name, align with goals, replace the file, or add a description. You can also expand or create a folder or learning module and then upload files.

If your institution uses Blackboard Ally, you can use the tool to be sure your course content is accessible to every student. Accessibility score indicators and alternative formats appear next to files. Learn more about Ally later in this topic.

Add files from cloud storage. If you already have files stored in the cloud, such as in OneDrive® and Google Drive™, you can add them to your course. You may choose multiple files from cloud storage to add to your Course Content page in one action. The files you add are copies. If you make a change to a file in cloud storage, you need to upload a new copy in your course.

More on cloud storage

Add files from the Content Collection. If you already have files stored in the Content Collection, you can add to them in your course.

More on adding files from the Content Collection

Control what students see. All content is hidden from students until you decide to show it. Each item displays if it's visible or hidden from students. Select the visibility to change 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.

Add goals and standards. You and your institution can use goals to measure student achievement across programs and curriculums. After you successfully upload a file to your course, you can align one or multiple goals. Open the menu in the file's row 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.

Reorder, edit, and delete content easily. Point to an item to reveal the Move icon and drag the item to a new location in the content list. Open the menu and select Edit or Delete. For example, in the panel, you can change a file's name, type a description that appears with the file on the Course Content page, or replace the file.

With your keyboard, you can move an item to a new location, move an item into an expanded folder, and move a folder into another expanded folder.

  1. Tab to an item's move icon.
  2. Press Enter to activate move mode.
  3. Use the arrow keys to choose a location.
  4. Press Enter to drop the item in the new location.

Zip files

On the Course Content page, you can upload a compressed package of files, also called a ZIP file. Students select the ZIP file to download it to their computers and unzip it to access the contents. In the menu, select Upload to browse for the file on your computer.


Ally Learn Ultrassa – ohjaaja

ULTRA: sisällön käytettävyyden tarkistaminen ja parantaminen

Eikö näytä tutulta? Saat lisätietoja sisällön käytettävyyden parantamisesta siirtymällä Originalin ohjeisiin.

Oppilaitoksesi määrittää, mitkä työkalut ovat käytettävissä.

Luokka on täynnä erilaisia opiskelijoita, joiden oppimiskyvyt ovat yksilölliset. Kun tarjoat opiskelijoille entistä helppokäyttöisempää sisältöä, kukin opiskelija voi valita itselleen parhaiten sopivan muodon. Jos oppilaitoksessasi on käytössä Blackboard Ally, voit varmistaa kurssisi sisällön helppokäyttöisyyden kaikille opiskelijoille työkalun avulla.

Helppokäyttöisyysmittarit ja vaihtoehtoiset muodot näkyvät kurssin asiakirjojen ja kokeiden vieressä.

Aloita Allyn käyttäminen

  1. Etsi sisältö, jota haluat parantaa.
  2. Näet sisällön vieressä kuvakkeen, josta näet tiedoston helppokäyttöisyysarvon.
  3. Voit katsoa ohjeet helppokäyttöisyysarvon parantamiseen valitsemalla helppokäyttöisyysarvon kuvakkeen.
  4. Ally avaa ja näyttää vaiheet, joiden avulla voit muokata sisältöä, parantaa sen käytettävyyttä ja optimoida sitä vaihtoehtoisille muodoille.

Kurssin sisällön helppokäyttöisyyden lisääminen

Opiskelijat eivät näe sisällön helppokäyttöisyysarvoa. Sen sijaan opiskelijat voivat valita haluamansa vaihtoehtoisen muodon, joita Ally luo sisällöstä. Voit auttaa Allya luomaan parempia vaihtoehtoisia muotoja noudattamalla parhaita käytäntöjä helppokäyttöisen sisällön luomiseksi.

Vaihtoehtoisten muotojen näyttäminen

Kun lisäät sisältöä kurssille, Ally luo vaihtoehtoiset muodot tiedoston alkuperäisen sisällön pohjalta. Jos alkuperäinen sisältö on esimerkiksi PDF-tiedosto, Ally luo samasta sisällöstä äänimuotoisen tiedoston, sähköisen pistekirjoitusversion ja ePub-version. Nämä muodot tarjotaan alkuperäisen ohella, jotta löydät kaiken kätevästi yhdestä sijainnista.

Luotavat vaihtoehtoiset muodot riippuvat alkuperäisestä sisältötyypistä. Jos et näe toimintoa vaihtoehtoisten muotojen lataamiseksi, Ally ei ole käytössä kyseisellä kurssilla tai sisältö ei ole tuettu sisältötyyppi.

Etsi kurssilla oleva sisältö. Valitse tiedoston vieressä olevasta valikosta Vaihtoehtoiset muodot. Valitse tarpeisiisi parhaiten soveltuva versio! Tallenna vaihtoehtoinen muoto laitteellesi valitsemalla Lataa.

Lisätietoja kurssin sisällön vaihtoehtoisista muodoista


ULTRA: Insert files in the editor

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

You can upload files in the editor in certain areas of an Ultra course. For example, you can include an image or a document to help students understand your instructions or initial prompt.

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/Edit Local File. Browse for a file from your computer. A status window appears to show the progress of the file upload. You can also add files from cloud storage, such as OneDrive.

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.


ULTRA: Insert images in the editor

Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Original" help about adding images.

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 you can upload an image from your local drive.

If you add a large image, it's a good idea to include the image as a separate text link. This way, your students can select the link to view the image separately and more clearly, while still able to read your text.

At this time, you can't add images in the editor in calendar items.

Select Insert/Edit Image from Web. 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.

Add Office 365 files. You can embed enterprise Office365 files directly into your content. Select Share in your Office365 file to create a link to the file. Choose which permissions you want the user to have and select Copy Link. This copies the link to your clipboard. To embed the content, select Insert/Edit Media from Web from the editor. Paste the link in Media URL.Select Insert.

More on how media files appear

To edit the image's source or alternative text, select the image in the editor and then select Insert/Edit Image from Web.


ULTRA: Insert media in the editor

You can use the Insert/Edit Media from Web option to insert media and enterprise Office365 files directly into the editor. The editor automatically embeds the content so it appears with other content you include. Students can view the content, such as a video, within the same window—no need to navigate to the media's site.

You can embed content from these sites:

  • VidGrid
  • Panopto™
  • FlipGrid
  • SlideShare
  • Prezi
  • VoiceThread
  • Khan Academy
  • Kaltura
  • SoundCloud
  • Spotify®
  • Genial.ly
  • NearPod
  • Quizlet
  • EdPuzzle
  • H5P
  • Vimeo®
  • YouTube™
  • Office365
  1. In the editor, select Insert/Edit Media from Web.
  2. Paste the source URL from the site.
  3. Add alternative text that describes the item for people who use screen readers or may not be able to load the content.
  4. Select Insert. The item automatically embeds in the editor.

ULTRA: Insert YouTube video

Use the Insert YouTube Video option to browse and add YouTube videos 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. Students can watch the video within the same window—no need to navigate to YouTube.

More on inserting YouTube videos


ULTRA: Insert a feedback recording in the editor

Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Original" help about recording feedback.

You can embed audio and video recordings of your feedback in the editor as you grade attempts. The recording option appears in the feedback editor for most graded items in your course. Students watch or listen to your feedback alongside any text you include.

This function isn't supported on all browsers. For the best experience, use Chrome or Firefox.

More on adding audio/video feedback


ULTRA: Insert Content Market files

Your institution controls which tools are available.

The Content Market is your gateway to valuable learning materials from trusted content providers. You can also access tools and links your administrator has made available across your institution.

You can add content from the Content Market directly to the editor in your course's assignments, tests, and documents. In the editor, select Insert content > Insert/Edit LTI Item.

Select a tool to launch and browse for content to add. Or, select the plus sign on the Institution Tool's card to add the entire tool in the editor. When you add a tool or a piece of content to the editor, it appears as a link.

More on the Content Market


ULTRA: Add files from the Content Collection

You can use the Content Collection to organize, share, and reuse files in your courses and those files shared institution-wide. You can add files from the Content Collection right on the Course Content page. Select the plus sign wherever you want to add files. In the menu, select Content Collection to browse the files available to you and add them to your course.

You can also find the Content Collection in the Import Content panel. Select Content Collection to browse the files available to you and add them to your course. To speed up the process, you can select multiple files to add at one time.

Select Browse Content Collection to get started. You're brought to the Content Collection system, where you can find files stored here from your other courses. You'll also have access to files your institution has added and shared. Use the browse functions to explore.

The first time you open the Content Collection in your Ultra course, you can open it in the current window or in a new window. Select the option that works best for you. You can change the setting later. Select the Browser Settings icon at the top of the window.

When you find a file you want to add to your course, select the check box next to the file name. You can continue to browse and select files. The system shows how many files you've selected at the bottom of the window. Ready to add? Select Submit to review your list of selected items.

If you want to browse the Content Collection but not add a file to your course, you can access the Content Collection on the Tools page. You can also add links to items in the Content Collection.

Review the list

You can review the list of selected files before you import into your course. Review the Item Name, Date Modified, and Size to confirm that these are the correct files. Forgot something? You can add more items to the list. Select Back to Content Collection to continue browsing.

To remove or edit a file from the list, open the menu for the item. Select Delete if you no longer want to copy the file to your course. Select Edit to change the file's name or description.

Select Save to add the content to your course. The files are hidden to students by default so you can continue building course content.

How Content Collection files behave

When you add a file from the Content Collection to your Ultra course, the file in your course maintains a link to the original location. Keep these characteristics in mind when adding Content Collection files to your course:

  • File permissions in the Content Collection don't impact whether a student can view a file in your course. You control visibility settings for these files the same way as all other content in your course.
  • If a file you added to your course is updated or overwritten in the Content Collection, the file in your course reflects that change as well.
  • If a file you added to your course is deleted in the Content Collection, the file is no longer accessible in your course. The file still appears in the Course Content page, but an error appears when a user opens it. You can access the 360° View before you delete Content Collection files to understand the impact.
  • When you delete a course file that you added from the Content Collection, the file remains in the Content Collection. The only file removed is the one within your course.