Adding Content

Posting course content is a very common use of Blackboard. Content items can include file attachments such as PDFs, Word documents, or PowerPoint slides, links to websites, etc. 

To begin adding content, you'll need to first enter a content area, such as 'Learning Materials', 'Assessments' or one you have added yourself.

Once you're in a content area, you'll see the Action Bar along the top of the page:

On the Action Bar, point to Build Content to access the drop-down menu, as shown in the sample image. 

From the menu, choose which content item type you would like to create.

The most commonly used are:

  • Item (which allows you to include an attachment and a description),
  • File (which links directly to a file attachment only), and
  • Web Link.
  • You can also create Content Folders or Module Pages to help organize your course/section materials (by topic, or week, or into collections of related materials, assessments, or lecture notes/slides).

Once you've chosen the appropriate content type, you'll be prompted to enter various details, such as the name of the content and a description; add relevant attachments; and set whether users may view the content, whether you wish to track the number of views, and set time and date restrictions. Click the Submit button to finish adding your content.

Learn more about the new content editor

New Content Editor Improvements

Blackboard have made improvements to the content editor on Thursday 5 November 2020. Some of the main changes include:

  • A new Add Content menu to insert images and videos into courses                
  • A new accessibility checker is built into the content editor, helping to ensure content is accessible for learners.                            
  • Images are inserted via the Add Content menu, and can be easily resized by clicking and dragging.
  • Copy and pasting from Word into Blackboard is now easier,  and you have the option to remove extraneous HTML, but keep the basic  content and formatting.
  • Computer code snippets can be correctly formatted using  the content editor. Supported languages include HTML, Python, Javascript  & PHP.  
  • The Content Editor is responsive. It will now fill the screen, and is better suited for smaller displays.

Please consult this detailed comparison for more information: