Types of learning materials

You can add a wide variety of learning materials to Blackboard. This page gives an overview of the most common types and how they can help learning and teaching.

Structuring your materials


You can use Folders to organise and structure your learning materials, making it simpler for students to find what they are looking for.


Learning Modules

Blackboard also has Learning Modules, which allow you to create a structured route through the materials with a Table of Contents and arrows to move between pages. This can be a neater way of presenting information and is easier to use than a long list of items in a folder.

Learning module

Presenting information


The main way to present information in Blackboard is to create an Item. Items are the basic building blocks of Blackboard and can contain text, pictures and attached files.


Module page

A module page allows you to pick from a list of pre-prepared content (or 'modules') to display to your students. This can form a page of your course site, for example the Home page for a course, or you can add a module page within another page.
Module page


You can add links either to other parts of your Blackboard course or to useful information on other websites.

Course Link

A course link is a link to another part of the current Blackboard course site. This can avoid you having to duplicate content in more than one area of the course. It is also a useful way to help students navigate through a course site.

Course link

Web Link

You can add a web link to direct students to useful information on other websites.

Web link

Audio and video

You can include both audio and video recordings in your Blackboard course sites. This can be a good way to make your courses more engaging, and supporting different learning style preferences, by providing information in a variety of formats.

Audio and video is most often useful for illustrating difficult concepts and ideas, or showcasing different viewpoints on an issue. Some tutors have also used audio or video to record introductions to their courses, which provides a personal touch (and is particularly effective for distance learners).

Remember to ensure that the materials will be accessible to people with visual and hearing impairments by including transcripts and captions as required.

Audio file

Blackboard has an option to add an audio file and include a transcript file.

Audio file

YouTube videos

You can embed a YouTube video in Blackboard.

YouTube video

Box of Broadcasts

Box of Broadcasts allows you to record broadcast programmes and create clips of programmes to share with your students. You can embed the programmes or clips in a Blackboard course site. For more information on Box of Broadcasts, see the Library website.

Reflect (lecture capture) recordings

You can add recordings made using Reflect, the University's lecture capture service, to Blackboard. These can be recordings of lectures or recordings made at your desk or other locations. For more information see the Reflect website.


VoiceThread allows you to share images, documents and videos to which others can add voice or text comments. You can draw on the screen while you are talking to highlight what you are talking about. For more information, see the VoiceThread help page.

Reading Lists

The Library has a system that allows you to create reading lists for your students and add them to Blackboard. For more information, see the readinglists@Leicester pages of the Library website.

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