Adding content to a course is usually one of the first activities for which instructors use Blackboard.
A variety of content can be added, often in Microsoft Office formats, and organised into folders. Staff profiles give students information about the staff instructors. Links can be made between areas of the Blackboard course, and a glossary may be added including common terms and definitions.
Once content has been added sophisticated rules may be used to make content items available to students once they have fulfilled certain criteria.
Use the guides listed below to find out how to add content to your course.
Use this guide to find out what’s involved in adding content to your Blackboard course.
Keep your course organised by using folders to store your content.
This guide illustrates the most common method of editing existing content found on your Blackboard course.
You may use the Video Everywhere feature to record a video from your web cam directly into your Blackboard course, via YouTube.
Sometimes you may wish to simply add a file to you course for your students to download, without any extra descriptive information. This guide explains how.
A picture is worth a thousand words – find out how to add one to your Blackboard course by reading this guide.
This guide explains how to add an audio file to your Blackboard course. You may prefer to use the Podcast guide below instead
This guide explains how to add an video file to your Blackboard course.
Announcements can be used to pass on news and reminders about your Course.
Let your students know who you are and add a staff profile to your Blackboard course.
The blank page feature allows you to create a page of text and graphics within your course.
Learning Modules allow you to order content in a sequence so that students access it in order.
Add links to external websites to your Blackboard course by using this guide.
It is possible to embed a YouTube video within your Blackboard course. Note that this method may stop working if YouTube changes the way their videos work. YouTube is a third party web site and iSolutions cannot be held responsible for the content held on it. Users should read the YouTube terms and conditions.
It is possible to embed a Twitter feed, search, or hash tag into a content item or announcement that you add to your Blackboard course. Note that this method may stop working if Twitter change the way their service works. Twitter is a third party web site and iSolutions cannot be held responsible for the content held on it. iSolutions does not support Twitter. Users should read the Twitter terms and conditions.
It is possible to embed a RSS feed into a content item or announcement that you add to your Blackboard course. Note that this method may stop working if the third party RSS widget we demonstrate in this guide changes. Please read the note on the terms of usage within the guide.
This guide explains how to embed a presentation from SlideShare into your Blackboard course. Users should read the SlideShare terms and conditions.
This guide explains how to embed a picture from Flickr into your Blackboard course. You should read Flickr’s terms and conditions.
You may wish to place a link in one content area to another within your course. Use this guide to find out how.
The Glossary Manager can be used to create a list of terms and definitions for your course.
The Syllabus Builder allows you to create a simple course syllabus using a Blackboard template.
If you wish you can use Blackboard to share lesson plans and their associated resources with your students.
You may wish to add a link to a piece of content held within EdShare so that it is accessible from your Blackboard course. These instructions show how to take the link and put it into a piece of content within your course.
This guide explains how to add SCORM based learning objects to your Blackboard course.
Weblogs, known as Blogs can be used within your Blackboard course. Full step by step instructions are available.
Wikis allow for collaborative creation of content by any member of your Blackboard course. Full step by step instructions are available.
You may add podcasts to your Blackboard course. You may also allow students to subscribe to your podcasts using aggregator software such as I-Tunes. This set of guides explains how.
Following extensive testing of Lynda.com we recommend adding a link to the special Lynda.com authentication page. This guide describes how.
You will find this Text Editor on most Blackboard screens, this guide explains how it works.
The Edit Mode function allows you to quickly edit materials in your Blackboard course.
The Course Files area shows the files that you have uploaded to your course and allows you to upload new files in bulk.
It is possible to set your Blackboard course to appear in a number of available languages. You can enforce this selection so that students cannot change it back to a language of their choosing.
It is possible to set content items to have a “Mark Reviewed” button beside them. This allows students to click on the button which then turns to “Reviewed”. You can check which students have marked materials as reviewed, and this feature can be used to form part of an adaptive release rule.
Adaptive Release allows you to control what content is viewable by a student based on certain rules. Criteria that can be used to form such rules are: username, group membership, gradebook score, and review status.
You may wish to copy or move material within your blackboard course, or to another course. This guide explains how to do this.