Blackboard: Adding Documents and other Content

Types of Course Content

In your Blackboard courses, you can add a variety of content such as Word documents, PDFs, assignments, tests, online lectures, multimedia, and links to external websites.

Options for Adding Content to Blackboard

By default, faculty have three content areas to work with within their Blackboard courses: Syllabus, Documents, and Assignments.  Faculty may add as many content areas as they wish using the Add Menu Item "+".

Add menu item

Build Content Menu

Item:  You can create an item to present a combination of content. You can use the functions in the editor to format text, attach files, embed multimedia, and insert equations, links, and tables.
Audio, Image, Video:  You can upload multimedia files from your computer.
Web Link:  You can post a link to an external website or resource.
Learning Module:  A Learning Module is a content container that allows students to navigate through the content available from a table of contents. You can add all types of content such as content items, file attachments, links to websites, tests, assignments, and multimedia.
Course Link:  You can create a shortcut to an item, tool, or area in your Blackboard course for quick access to relevant materials.
Content Folder:  You can organize content materials in the course by using folders and sub-folders. Use folders to reduce scrolling and help students find materials easily.
Mashups:  You can use Mashups to add photos, videos, and presentations to your course.

Blackboard menus


Test:  You can create tests to assess student knowledge within the course. There is an array of question types such as Multiple Choice, True/False, Matching, Calculated, and Essay.
Survey:  Surveys are ungraded tests. Use surveys to poll student's opinions and conduct class evaluations. Survey results are always anonymous.
Assignment:  You can create graded coursework, and manage the grades and feedback for each student or group of students.

Tools Menu

Discussion Board:  Links to a discussion board page, or to an individual discussion board forum.
Journals:  Links to the Journal page, or to a specific journal.
Blogs:  Links to the Blogs page, or to a specific blog.
Wikis:  Links to the Wikis page, or to a specific wiki.
Group:  Links to the Group's page, or to a specific group or groupset.

Page last modified June 24, 2021