Add Content To Your Blackboard Learn Course
How to Use This Page
The links given below go to the Blackboard Corporation's Blackboard Learn Help website. The bulleted list below the link gives the topics on the website page. Click the link to the Help website and scroll down the page to the topic.
Disclaimer: Not all features included on the Blackboard Learn Corporation help pages are available in the Saint Louis University Blackboard Learn license.
- Creating Content Areas and Folders
- Types of Content That Can Be Added to a Course
- How to Organize Your Content
- How to Control the Release of Content (Adaptive Release)
- How to Use the Content Editor (enhanced for SP11)
- The Creating Course Areas for Content page will show you how to create areas to post content on.
- The How to Create a Content Area and How to Manage Content Area Links sections will demonstrate how to create and manage a Content Area on the Course Menu.
- The How to Create a Content Folder section will demonstrate how to add a Content Folder to a Content Area to help you organize your content. [Top of Page]
- The About Content Types section will go through the different types of content you can use on Blackboard Learn.
- The How To Create an Item section will give you the steps to add an Item to a Content Area.
- The How To Create a File and Upload Single Files or Zipped Packages section will give you the steps to posting a single file (like your syllabus or a PowerPoint presentation) to your course.
- The How to Create Audio, Image, and Video Links sections will give you the steps to post these type of files to your course.
- Important information about Video links:
- Due to file size limitations and usability issues, it is recommended that Video Files be less than 5 minutes long.
- For Video Files longer than 5 minutes, it is recommended that you send the file to the Instructional Media Center (IMC) where it can be loaded on the Classroom Video 2 streaming server.
- Once the video is loaded to the server, the IMC will send you a web link that you can post on Blackboard Learn.
- Your students will then click on the web link and the video will play.
- The IMC is located in the Xavier Hall Annex on the Frost Campus
- The How to Create a Web Link section gives you the steps to add a web link (URL) to your course.
- The Creating a Mashup Item as a Content Item section will show you how to embed a YouTube video to your course.
Editing and Managing Course Areas and Content
The How to Reorder Content section will demonstrate how to rearrange the content on your Content Areas or how to rearrange Content Areas on the Course Menu.
Use the sections below to learn how to use the Action Link (contextual menu) to make changes to the Content Areas/Folders and other Content Items (files, images, audio, video, web links and YouTube mashups and tools).
- How to Edit Course Areas and Content Items
- How to Make Content Unavailable (invisible to students)
- How to Copy and Move Course Areas
- How to Copy and Move Content Items
- Deleting Course Areas and Content Items [Top of Page]
The Adaptive Release function is used to restrict course items by selective release criteria. There is also an Advanced Adaptive Release option which calls for the creation of Rules to limit access to a course item. For more information about Advanced Adaptive Release, please see the sections on it on the Blackboard Learn Corporation's Help Site.
- The Adaptive Release Rules and Criteria section introduces the Adaptive Release feature which can be found on the Action link and allows for the selective release of course items by various criteria.
- The Visibility of Items With Adaptive Release Rules section explains how Adaptive Release restricts who can see a course item.
- The Differences Between Basic Adaptive Release and Advanced Adaptive Release section adds information about the Advanced Adaptive Release option
- The Unavailable Items and Adaptive Release Rules section shows the hierarchy of release criteria.
- About Adaptive Release Criteria
- About Date Criteria
- About Membership Criteria
- About Grade Center Criteria
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The Content Editor is used throughout Blackboard Learn to allow users to create content. The Content Editor is used for Discussion, Blog and Journal postings, descriptions for content items and tools, creating Test questions, Announcements, e-mail, and many more things. Learning about the Content Editor can greatly enhance communication.
- Two Views of the Content Editor
- Adding and Editing Content
- Best Practice: Copying and Pasting Test to Prevent Loss
- Simple Content Editor Features
- Advanced Content Editor Features
- Working With Lists
- Using the Spell Checker
- Using Find and Replace
- Using the Link Function
- Inserting Lines and Horizontal Rules
- Adding Images
- Adding Media Files
- Adding Mashups
- Using the Math Editor
- Working With Tables
- Using Anchors
- Advanced Functions: HTML Code View
- Using the Right-Click Contextual Menu (does not work in all browsers)
- Keyboard Shortcuts for the Content Editor [Top of Page]