Creating Deep Links into Blackboard

A “deep link” is a link that takes someone further into a web site than the standard home page of that site.

In Blackboard you may wish to provide students with a link to a part of a Blackboard course, or a piece of content.

Before following this guide keep in mind the following:

  1. Such links will only work if the user who follows the link is on the user list for the course. In most cases this will mean the student having an active enrolment on the corresponding module in Banner. Users who follow such a link and are not on the user list of the course will receive an “access denied” message since they are not entitled to access the course.
  2. Future versions of Blackboard may entail changes to how links are produced. As such links you make today may not work after an upgrade.
  3. Links will only work for users with University accounts.

Identify your target

Identify your target

1. Identify the content you wish to link to. We will show several examples.

2. In this example I want to link to the Learning Outcomes content area shown in the above course menu.

3. Right click on the link to the menu item “Learning Outcomes” and choose “copy link address” / “copy shortcut” (wording varies across web browsers).

Example 2

Example 2

4. In this example I wish to link to a file uploaded to my course. Right click on the link to the file, and choose “copy link address” / “copy shortcut” (wording varies across web browsers).

Example 3

Example 3

5. Here I wish to link to a folder, right click on the link to go into that folder, and choose “copy link address” / “copy shortcut” (wording varies across web browsers).

Paste

Paste

6. Now I can paste the link wherever I wish by pasting from the clipboard. Usually this can be achieved by right clicking and choosing paste, or holding down the CTRL key and pressing the letter V.