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 content you can 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 change or move a file to another Course Files folder after you link it in your course, the link will not break.
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 you 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 Control Access to Course Files.
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.
- Content is stored for a single course.
- You cannot share content across courses.
- Students do not have access to store or share files.
- 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.
To learn more, see Content Collection.
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
- Select check boxes to perform an action on one file or multiple files and folders at one time, such as Download Package or Delete.
- Click a folder's name to view its contents.
- Access an item's contextual menu and select an option, such as Edit Settings or Copy.
- Sort a column by clicking the column title.
- In the Permissions column, click the icon to view and change who can see, edit, delete, and manage a file or folder.
- Switch from View List—the default view—to View Thumbnails.
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.
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.
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.
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In this section...
- Create and Edit Folders in Course Files
- Add Files to Course Files
- Files Added Automatically to Course Files
- Link to Files and Folders in Course Files
- Browse for Files in Course Files and the Content Collection
- Manage Files and Folders in Course Files
- Control Access to Course Files
- Move Files to Course Files