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Create content containers and content

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Ready to add content to your course? You create your individual pieces of content in content containers: content areas, learning modules, lesson plans, and folders. In a content container, you create content from menus for content items, tests, assignments, and links to tools.

More on the types of content you can add

As you create content, you can set its options, such as availability. You can create content and make it unavailable to students until you're ready for them to view it. You can also limit which content items students see based on date, time, individual users, course groups, and their performance on graded items.

Example: Release an assignment after a test is taken

You can restrict access to the next assignment until each student completes a test. You can also require that the assignment doesn't appear until students complete the test and earn a score of at least 70 percent.

More on setting release options

ULTRA: Create content

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Your course creation starts on the Course Content page. You'll find it's easy to discover features and complete actions.

Add content. Select the plus sign wherever you want to add content. You can also expand or create a folder and add content. Create new content, upload something you already have, or add content from external sources or from another course.

Create: Add documents, links, folders, discussions, assignments, and tests. A panel opens and you can choose the content type you want to add.

Upload: Select Upload to browse for files on your computer or drag files from your desktop onto Upload. They will appear in the content list. Students select a file title to download it. You can also expand or create a folder and upload files. Supported file types include DOC, DOCX, HTM, HTML, MP3, MPG, PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS, XLSX, RTF, TXT, ZIP, and most image types.

Content Market: You can discover and add content and tools from external sources. Access valuable learning materials from Blackboard's partner publishers, such as Macmillan, Jones & Bartlett, and Chegg Study.

Copy/Import: Select the More options icon next to the Books and Tools link to access the options. You can copy an entire course or import a course package to add its content. You can also copy files from OneDrive.

More on copying and importing content

Control what students see. Students can’t access your content until you decide to show it, but you can always see it. Select an item's visibility to change it. You might show only the first week of content—and keep the rest hidden as you refine it. Have fun! Experiment! Students can't access items set to appear on future dates. Those items appear with a strikethrough on the icon in the content list.

With your keyboard, tab to the visibility list and press Enter to open the menu. Use Alt/Option + the up and down arrows to select an option.

Organize with folders. You can create two levels of folders to organize your content. Students won't get lost looking for materials, and your content is easier to manage. Also, students can navigate easier on smaller screens when they don't have to search for materials. Optionally, add folder descriptions to help students understand what content you have included in them. After you already have two levels of folders, you can't create a third level or upload a folder into the second-level folder.

Reorder content easily. Point to an item to reveal its management functions. Select the Move icon and drag the item to a new location in the list.

With your keyboard, you can move an item to a new location, move an item into an expanded folder, and move a folder into another expanded folder.

  1. Tab to an item's move icon and press Enter to activate move mode.
  2. Use the arrow keys to choose a location and press Enter to drop the item in the new location.

Edit and delete content. In an item's row, select the More options icon to access the Edit and Delete functions. You can make changes or delete an item from your course. If you delete a folder that has content, the content is also removed from the Course Content page.

Add goals and standards. You and your institution can use goals to measure student achievement across programs and curriculums. After you successfully upload a file to your course, you can align one or multiple goals.

Students won't be able to see the goals you align with a file.

On the Course Content page, select More options icon in the file's row to open the menu. Select Edit, and then select Align with goals to search for available goals to align with the file.

More on how to align goals with course content