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Course Files

Creating and maintaining a repository of materials is an important part of developing an online course. With Course Files, you have access to all of your files for a specific course. You can organize, view, manage, and link to those files as suits your needs.

Course Files provides file storage on the Blackboard server for a single course. Course Files within each course displays content for that specific course, not for other courses you teach. You can create folders and sub-folders in Course Files to organize your content in a way that is logical to you.

You can move a large amount of content from your computer or network drive to Course Files in one action or upload files while creating content. After content is in Course Files, you can link it to any place in your course where attaching files is available. Course Files has support for WebDAV to allow direct upload, editing, and management of files in the Course Files area from your computer desktop or through WebDAV capable applications.

Content in the repository is considered content for reuse. Therefore, you can delete links to files in your course, yet the files themselves remain in Course Files, where you can link to them again. Also, if you modify or move a file to another Course Files folder after it is linked in your course, the link will not be broken.

Students cannot upload files to Course Files. They may only browse for and attach files from their computers when participating in a course. Student files are not saved in Course Files. They can view files in a course that are linked from Course Files. These links are automatically assigned read permission. To learn more about permissions assigned to files and folders in Course Files, see Controlling Access to Course Files.

Course Files vs. the Content Collection

Course Files is the file repository available with all Blackboard Learn courses. However, if your institution licenses content management, the Content Collection is the file repository.

The first section in the Control Panel shows where your files are stored. Click Files to expand the section and click the course ID to open Course Files in the content frame.

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Course Files

  • Content is stored for a single course.
  • You cannot share content across courses.
  • Students do not have access to store or share files.

Content Collection

  • You can store content for multiple courses you teach.
  • You can share content across courses and with other users.
  • Students may have access to store or share files.

Viewing Files and Folders in Course Files

The course ID is the title of the top-level folder that contains the files and folders you uploaded to your course.

Course Files Features

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  1. Perform an action on one file or multiple files and folders at one time. Select an item's check box and select a function on the contextual menu, such as Download Package, Copy, Move, or Delete.
  2. Click a folder's name to view its contents.
  3. Access an item's contextual menu and select an option, such as Edit, Copy, Move, or Delete.
  4. Sort a column by clicking the column title or the caret.
  5. In the Permissions column, click the icon to view and change who can see, edit, delete, and manage a file or folder.
  6. Switch from View List—the default view—to View Thumbnails.

Using List and Thumbnails Views in Course Files

You can view files and folders in Course Files as a list of file names or as thumbnail icons. Click the links at the top of the page to switch views.

View List: The default view in Course Files is a list of file names with standard small icons in the File Type column.

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View Thumbnails: In this view, each file and folder is represented by a larger icon. Use the slider at the top of the page to change the size of the thumbnails.

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The thumbnails view displays the image of an item for image file types, such as PNG, JPG, and DOC. Click an icon to preview an image. For all other file types, a standard icon representing the file type is shown. Folder icons include information about how many items are in a folder and the size. Click an icon or folder title to view a folder's contents.

You can perform the same actions on files and folders in either view.

The system remembers which view you chose and it remains until you change it.

Related Tutorials   tutorial_video.png  Course Files Tour  (Flash movie | 6m 40s)