There are three way to upload files to Blackboard

  1. You can upload an individual file as a file. If this is a video, audio or image files there is a specific tool for each media type.
  2. You can attach one or more files to another item of content
  3. You can add a link to a file from most text windows.

To upload a file go to the content area where you want to place the file

Uploading an individual file

You can upload video, audio or image files with specific tools that will allow the media to play in the web page or you can upload a document that will need to be downloaded to be viewed. The process is the same for each file type it’s just the button you press to upload the fail is different for each one.

Warning: Video and audio uploaded in this way will not play in all browsers. Use Panopto to upload them in a format that will work with all browsers.

From the content area where you want to upload the files click on Build Content and click on the appropriate button.

upload buttons

Enter a name for the files. Under the name you will see a Browse my Computer Button click this and search for your file.

upload single file

Set the other options and click submit.

submit button

Students will see the file as an icon of the appropriate type, for media files they will also see the media

file icons

Attaching files to content

You can attach files to Items, web links, blackboard assignments, mashups and other types of content

To attach a file to another item of content. Edit the content or create a new item of content

Under the content section you will have an attachments section

add files window

Drag your file into the box with dotted lines or click on the Browse My Computer button. You can drag multiple files in at a time.

When your files have uploaded you will see them under the box with dotted lines

added files

If you want to remove any of the files click on the Do Not Attach button.

When you are happy with the uploaded files click on Submit

submit button

The uploaded files can be accessed by student from the content area by clicking on the links

attached files

Adding a link to a file from a text window

When you are editing text in most text windows in Blackboard you have the option to attach a file. This can be the text window in an item, content folder description, announcement, discussion board post, blackboard assignment and assignment feedback. Student don’t have the option to attach files in this way where they have access to edit text.

Anywhere where you have access to this text window

text edit window

Click on the double down arrow to Show More options

more editing tools

Click on the Papper clip icon to open the insert content link window.

attach file window

Drag your file into the box with dotted lines or click on the Browse My Computer button. You can drag multiple files in at a time.

When your files have uploaded you will see them under the box with dotted lines

attached files

Here you can edit the name of the file, give your files Alt Text and decide if you want the files to open in a new window.

If you want to remove any of the files click on the Do Not Attach button.

When you are happy with the uploaded files click on Submit and submit your text box.

submit button

Your files will appear to students as link within your text

attached files