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Previously in Blackboard, items uploaded for use in a course fell subject to Blackboard’s filing abyss. Once it was uploaded there was no way to find the file within Blackboard. New to Blackboard 9.1 is the Content Collection that provides instructors with the ability to upload either through browsing or by drag and drop, organize files and folders, and search content directly within a file storage area associated with each course.

Packaged (zipped) file folders are now automatically unpackaged when uploaded to Content Collections.  Blackboard 9.1 also versions documents to avoid file duplication. Once uploaded into the Course Content Collection, files are available for use within Content Areas within the course. Conversely, if a file is uploaded directly into a Content Area it can be accessed from within the Course Content Collection.

Managing the Content Collection

The below listed items provide tutorials that step you through uploading materials into Blackboard. Clicking on the items will expand the view window and expose the associated tutorial. Click on the item again to collapse the tutorial.

Uploading A Single File
  1. Turn Edit Mode for the course on.
  2. Click downward pointing chevron to the left of Content Collection item in the Control Panel menu to display the associated sub-menu links.
  3. Click on the course name to open the file management area.
    course Content Upload Files
  4. Click on the [Upload] button, and then click Upload Files in the dropdown menu. The Upload screen will be displayed.
  5. Click on the Single File link in the top right-hand-side of the Upload window. single file upload form
  6. Click on the [Browse...] button. The file manager on your local computer will be displayed.
  7. Navigate to the file to be uploaded, and then click the [Open] button. The file manager will be closed and the file name will copied into the File Information field.
  8. Click on the check box to the left of the Options that you would like associated with the file being uploaded.
  9. Click on the [Submit] button to upload a copy of the file into Blackboard.
Uploading Multiple Files
  1. Click downward pointing chevron to the left of Content Collection item in the Control Panel menu to display the associated sub-menu links.
  2. Click on the course name to open the file management area.
    course Content Upload Files
  3. Click on the [Upload] button, and then click Upload Files in the dropdown menu. The Upload screen will be displayed.
  4. Click on the Multiple Files link in the top right-hand-side of the Upload window.
    upload multiple files and folders
  5. Open the file manager (My Computer or Windows Explorer on the PC, or Finder on the MAC) on your local computer and navigate to the files or folders to be uploaded.
  6. Select and drag the files/folders to be uploaded into the Blackboard folder window.
  7. Click the [Submit] button to save a copy of the selected files to Blackboard.
Uploading Packages

The Upload Package function allows you to upload ziped folders of materials into Blackboard and have the system automatically unzip them and place the content in the Content Collection for use throughout the course. This is a very nice feature for uploading complete materials collections, html pages and multi-file media resources that are dependent on specific file structures.

To upload a zipped package:

  1. Click downward pointing chevron to the left of Content Collection item in the Control Panel menu to display the associated sub-menu links.
  2. Click on the course name to open the file management area.
    course Content Upload Files
  3. Click on the [Upload] button, and then click Upload Package in the dropdown menu. The Upload screen will be displayed.
    Upload Package
  4. Click on the [Browse...] button. The file manager on your local computer will be displayed.
  5. Navigate to the zip file to be uploaded, and then click the [Open] button. The file manager will be closed and the the file name will copied into the File Information field.
  6. Click the [Submit] button to save a copy of the zip file to Blackboard.

The uploaded zip file will automatically be unzipped and your original folder structure will be retained. You can then link to the files from any content area within your course.