File download location

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.


Your instructor and institution control which tools are available in the Original Course View.

About files and multimedia

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

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 using the Add Content icon 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, that's a mashup.

More on mashups


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 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 Add Content 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. Selected Items.

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 in most content areas with the Blackboard Learn mashup feature. You can also upload files directly from your Dropbox when you 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 directly. After you log in, browse Dropbox and select 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: Use the content editor explains how to use the editor in the Original Course View.


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

The following image settings are not available within the content editor anymore. For you to display these settings, add the image file from your computer, for example, using the Attachments section. When the file you selected is uploaded and visible, select the Display Media File within the page option from the File Action menu.

Each inserted file, link image or other media will be inserted in a "new line" to prevent consecutive inserted items from colliding. Line Breaks will be created when an image is inserted into a pre-existing text line. To make this text flow around the image, delete the linebreaks

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.

You can control image placement and appearance. Pixels are used for dimensions, space, and the border width. You can also add a target URL for the image to behave as a link and decide if the target page will be opened in a new window.


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, you can add it as an attachment uploading the source file from your computer, the Content Collection or the Cloud Storage, if the section you are adding content into allows you to add attachments, and use the option Create a link to this file.

Media settings

Unlike images, other media types (including documents) don't offer settings customization or to display the media file within the page when using the attachment option. You can only control some of them when using the Add Content option in the content editor and the right click menu or the mash up options, as explained earlier. 

For the dimensions, you can add a size displayed in pixels. If not set, the actual size populates the boxes.

In the General tab, for width and height, if you select the padlock icon for constrain proportions and add a measurement, the file is resized without horizontal or vertical distortion.

On the Advanced tab, you can set advanced display parameters. For example, you can set alternative sources/image URL.

On the Embed tab, you can provide custom media HTML code. This feature is intended for advanced web developers.


ULTRA: Add files and multimedia

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

When you submit your work, 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

More on assignments

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.


ULTRA: Insert files in the editor

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

You can upload files in the editor in certain areas of an Ultra course. For example, in a discussion, you can 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/Edit Local Files. 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.


ULTRA: Insert images in the editor

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

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 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.

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 directly into the editor. The editor automatically embeds the content so it appears alongside the other content you include. Course members 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
  • Office365
  • H5P
  • Vimeo®
  • YouTube™
  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.
  5. 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


ULTRA: Insert YouTube Video

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

Use the Insert YouTube Video 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—no need to navigate to YouTube.

More on inserting YouTube videos


ULTRA: Insert LTI Item

Use the Insert/Edit LTI Item option to browse and add content your institution allows from the Content Market.

Don't see the tool you need? Contact your administrator.