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Best Practice: Reduce Your Course Size

Be mindful of the sizes of the courses you create—your Blackboard administrator will appreciate it! Your institution might have course size limits. You can minimize the uploaded file sizes as you create content to stay within the limit for the entire term. These recommendations can help you conserve disk space on your institution's server. Your institution might have additional policies that you need to follow.

Video: You can link to videos rather than upload your video files to your course. Instead, upload your videos to YouTube, Vimeo, or a separate media server on campus and then link to them within your course. Be mindful of intellectual property rules. For example, it might not be legal to host a video from National Geographic on Vimeo, even if you licensed it to use in a course.

Use mashups: Upload slide presentations to SlideShare, video to YouTube, or images to Flickr©. You can embed these elements in your Original course with the Blackboard Learn mashups tool.

Course Files or Content Collection: Look for large file sizes and unused files and folders that you can delete.

Reduce file sizes: Before you upload files, try to reduce the size of these:

  • Microsoft Office files: Use the tools available in Microsoft Office to reduce file size for slide presentations and Word files. The Reduce File Size option is located in the File menu. You can also save files as PDFs before you upload them, which often makes smaller, read-only versions of the files.
  • Images: Use a graphics program to resize images for screen viewing before you upload them. You can also use an online service such as Shrink Pictures or picresize®.
  • Audio: Use software to resample or trim audio files to reduce their size.