Folders are a type of container that you can use to organize content. You create folders in existing content areas, learning modules, lesson plans, or other folders. After you create a folder, you can add content. For example, in a content area, you can create folders for each week of your course. Then, you can add content items, assignments, file attachments, links to websites, tests, assignments, multimedia, and additional folders. To make it easier for students to navigate your course create folders and add items for students to follow a sequential order.

Use folders to reduce scrolling and help students find materials easily. You want to limit the number of nested folders used so that students can access content with as few steps as possible.

example of a content folder in blackboardYou can add a description outlining the contents of the folder. You can also add images and bullets to the description to provide variety and visual cues.

Be sure Edit Mode is ON so that you can access all of the instructor's functions.

In your course, select Build Content to access the menu and select Content Folder. Type a name, optional description, and select the appropriate options for availability, tracking, and display dates. Display dates don't affect a folder's availability, only when it appears.

After you submit, a link to the new folder appears. A newly created folder is an empty container. Select the folder to add content.

More information about Creating a Content Folder.

After reviewing the instructional resources, create a Content Folder in your course. First, create a content area menu (on the left) called Course Materials or Week-by-Week. Create 2-4 content folders e.g. Readings, Additional Resources, etc.

While you add text to your course, you can protect against loss of work if an internet connection loss or software error occurs. You can type in an offline simple text editor, such as Notepad or TextEdit, and then copy and paste your work into your course.

Or before you submit or save, you can copy all of the text you want to add. Select the text and right-click to copy it. You can also use key combinations to copy and paste:

  • Windows: Ctrl + A to select all the text, Ctrl + C to copy, and Ctrl + V to paste.
  • Mac: Command + A to select all the text, Command + C to copy, and Command + V to paste.

More information about Working with Text in Blackboard.

Using the Content Editor

This tutorial, Use the Content Editor in the Original Course View shows you how to use the content editor to add formatted text, links, images and media to Blackboard Learn.

After watching the video, open another tab or window, replay the video and follow the instructions to revise an announcement. Insert an image related to the course content or your photo, and add a description in the text box and make a hyperlink in your course.

You can add files, images, audio, and video when you create content in your course. Based on the content type, you can use the functions in the editor to embed content in your text. You have creative control over how your content appears and the flexibility to change the order and appearance when you want.

Attaching Files from Course Files in Blackboard

This tutorial, Attaching Files from Course Files in Blackboard shows the two ways how to attach files to content items from course files. 

After watching the video, open another tab or window, replay the video and follow the instructions to post a sample course syllabus or a short bio to introduce yourself to your students in your course.

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