Incorporating Content into Your Course

Incorporating Content into Your Course

There are multiple ways in which you can incorporate content into your course. This page provides brief overviews of five different options, along with links to step-by-step instructions for each method.

Within any Content Folder in your Blackboard course, you may share content with students by adding:

Image  File

Image  Item with attached file(s)

Image  Item with attached folder(s) full of files

Image  Blank Page with embedded link(s) to file(s)

Image  Learning Module

Image  Lesson Plan

Important: Know the difference between Course Content and your course’s Content Collection.

Best Practice: Use Blackboard Drive for uploading, downloading, editing, and organizing folders and files.

Also see: the Course Content section of Blackboard Help from blackboard.com.

Add File

 

This is the most obvious way to “deliver” content to your students. Unfortunately it may ultimately be the most time-consuming for instructors and least user-friendly for students.

Review pros and cons and step-by-step instructions for adding an individual file.

Add Item with attached file(s)

 

When you add an Item, you have the opportunity to attach multiple files and/or add any kind of formatted text description or guidance for learners.

Review pros and cons and step-by-step instructions for adding an Item with attached files.

Add Item with attached folder(s) full of files

 

If you want to easily give students access to a whole folder full of files, you must organize them in your Content Collection. Think about it the same way you would logically organize files into folders on your computer. Students can open or download invidual files, or easily download any selection of files in the folder as a zipped package.

Review pros and cons and step-by-step instructions for adding an an Item with an attached folder full of files.

Add Blank Page or Item with embedded links

 

You can embed links to files directly within blocks of text just like any typical web page when using any of the many tools that have the Visual Text Editor available.

Review pros and cons and step-by-step instructions for adding a Blank Page or an Item with embedded links to files.

Add Learning Module

 

Some people prefer to use Learning Modules to organize lessons. Remember, however, that Learning Modules are intended to be self-contained topical lessons. Learning Modules are not intended to simply provide access to an assortment of files.

Review pros and cons and step-by-step instructions for adding content into a Learning Module.

Add Lesson Plan

 

In addition to offering the same options as Content Folders and Learning Modules for organizing and sharing content Lesson Plans provide a template with which you may provide a variety of additonal beneficial information to help students understand relevance and expectations, objectives, how their learning will be assessed, and much more.

Review pros and cons and step-by-step instructions for integrating content into a Lesson Plan.

Important: Know the difference between Course Content and your course’s Content Collection.

 

All files that you add to your course are stored in the course’s Content Collection. No matter how you choose to make files available to your students, you really should pay attention to and organize the Content Collection. 

Think of the Content Collection as where all of the files that you are using [or may want to use] in your course are stored. When you place any content in an area where the students may access it, such as a Content Folder or a Learning Module, you are actually placing a link to a file that is in your course’s Content Collection. If desired, you can add (link to) a single file that is in your Content Collection from multiple areas within your course.

When you add or attach a file into your course, you have the option to Browse Computer or Browse Content Collection.

Best Practice: Use Blackboard Drive for uploading, downloading, editing, and organizing folders and files.

Bb Drive on Mac

 

Bb Drive on Windows

Keep your Content Collection organized the same as you would organize files and folders on your computer. Use Blackboard Drive to access your course’s Content Collection directly on your computer’s desktop. Blackboard Drive allows you to add, delete, organize, and edit folders and files in your course’s Content Collection without even logging in to Blackboard. (e.g. you can edit files that are in your course directly—without downloading and uploading.)