How to add materials

Getting Started

Before you make any changes to your Blackboard course site, check the Edit Mode option in the top right to make sure it is switched on. If Edit Mode is off then you can't change your course site.

Edit mode

Course Menu

The Course Menu is the menu on the left of the screen.

Default view example

In most cases you should leave this menu in the standard 'default view', to provide consistency for students. However there may be occasions when you need to alter this menu, either for courses that are not being used for an academic module or if you have good pedagogic reasons for the change. You can find instructions on modifying the Course menu in Blackboard's help pages:

Content Areas

A content area is the main area on the right in Blackboard where you add your learning materials. To add learning materials to the Content Area, you use the Build Content menu at the top of the screen in most cases.

Build content menu

The most common types of content to create are Items (Build Content > Item) and Folders (Build Content > Content Folder). See the Types of learning materials page for a description of the other types of content you can include in Blackboard. For information on how to add materials to Blackboard, see Blackboard's Create Content help page.

If you want to make your course more personal, you can add some text that will make a student's full name appear on the screen, for example in a welcome message. For details, see the Add a personal message page.

Add images

You can add images to folders, items and other types of Blackboard content. To add an image:

  1. Click the Insert/Edit Image button above the Text box.
    Insert image
  2. Browse to find your image file
  3. Enter the Image Description that will appear when someone hovers their mouse over the image. This is also used to describe the image to visually impaired people using a screen reader. You do not need to do this if the image is purely to improve the appearance of your course, only if it is conveying some information.
  4. You can use the options on the Appearance tab to change the Alignment and add a border and space around the image. Choose a higher number if you want a thicker border. It is best not to change the Dimensions to avoid distorting the image.
  5. Click Submit to add the image to your content item.

Attach a file

The easiest way to provide a file for your students is to create an Item and drag the file (or files) into the Attach Files area. You need to scroll down to see this.

Attach files

Files added to Blackboard are automatically stored in the Content Collection. You can see the files stored for your current course by choosing Control Panel > Content Collection > <Course code> , for example:
Course content collection

In some cases there will be a storage quota for your course, which is displayed above the list of files. If you are close to exceeding this quota, have a look at the files and see if any can be deleted. If this is not possible, contact the IT Service Desk and ask for the quota to be increased.

You can make your files easier to manage by organising them into folders. To see details about content in the content collection, such as who created it and when, move your mouse over the file or folder and choose 360° View from the menu that appears.
360 view

Learning Modules

A learning module is a special sort of folder. Once you have created the learning module using the option on the Build Content menu, click on the name of the learning module to open it. Then create Items and other content within the learning module. Each item will form a separate page in your learning module.

Other types of learning material

You can also add links to materials outside Blackboard using the instructions below:

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