What are artifacts?

Artifacts are reusable content items that you can attach to a portfolio.

Course artifacts are graded content from your course. They're available to you even if you no longer have access to the course. Personal artifacts are any content items—text, files, links, and multimedia—you create or upload.

You can create artifacts in two ways:

  • Create artifacts ahead of time in the My Artifacts repository so that they're available to use in your future portfolios.
  • Create artifacts while authoring a portfolio. The artifacts are still stored automatically in the My Artifacts repository. You can also reuse them in other portfolios.

Create artifacts

  1. On the My Artifacts page, select Add Personal Artifact.
  2. Provide a title, description, and content. The description is visible only to you, the owner.
  3. Select Browse My Computer to upload a file from your computer. You can also attach a file from the Content Collection, if available at your institution.


    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 will upload individually. If the browser doesn't allow you to submit your assignment 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 won’t be able to drag files to upload if your institution uses an older version of Blackboard Learn.

    You can use the file name or provide another name for the file.

  4. Choose Submit.

Convert assignment submissions into artifacts

You create course artifacts by converting a graded submission to an assignment in a Blackboard Learn course into an artifact. Course artifacts not only include the submitted file/content, but they also include metadata about the assignment such as the assignment details, the grade the student received, and any feedback provided by the instructor. After students convert assignment submissions into assignment artifacts, they have permanent copies of their assignment artifacts in their My Artifacts repositories. If the assignment or its course are later made unavailable to a student or even deleted, the assignment artifact still remains in the My Artifacts repository.

  1. On the My Artifacts page, select Add from Course.
  2. Find and select the graded assignments in your available courses.
  3. Select Submit.

When you add a course artifact to a portfolio, you must select which metadata to show when displaying that course artifact in that particular portfolio.

Example: For a portfolio you are creating for a prospective employer, you may not want to include the grade/feedback information about artifacts.