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Types of Course Content

In your Blackboard courses, you can add a variety of content, such as online lectures, multimedia, tests, assignments, and links to websites and social media.

Menus for adding content

Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Ultra" help about the types of content.

Your institution controls which functions and tools are available in all courses. You can control tool availability in your course on the Control Panel > Customization > Tool Availability.

In a content area, learning module, lesson plan, or folder, select one of the menus to view the content types.

Be sure Edit Mode is ON so that you can access all of the instructor's functions.

This table describes the materials you can add from each menu. Use the information to decide which content type is right for each piece of your content.

Description of content types in the menus
Content Type Description
Build Content menu
Item You can create an item to present a combination of content. You can use the functions in the editor to format text, attach files, embed multimedia, and insert equations, links, and tables. You have creative control over how your content appears and the flexibility to change the order and appearance when you want.

In your course, the materials you add are all presented together in the content list. Students may need to scroll up and down to view the content and the content list.

File You can create a link to a file in the content list. You can't add a description with the link, so you want to be sure to use a meaningful title. For example, include "Syllabus" in the title. You can choose whether students view the file as a page within the course or in a separate window or tab. Students need to download some file types such as Word docs to view the contents. This content type saves screen real estate and reduces the amount of scrolling.

You can also create an HTML file in your course that students can open in a new browser window or tab. Or, upload a collection of files, including cascading style sheets (CSS) so that students can view them in the prescribed order and with your design.

Audio

Image

Video

You can upload multimedia files from your computer or browse the course's file repository: Course Files or the Content Collection.

More on adding images, video, and audio

Web Link You can link to an outside website or resource.
Learning Module A learning module is a content container that allows students to navigate through the content from a table of contents. You can add all types of content, such as content items, file attachments, links to websites, tests, assignments, and multimedia.
Lesson Plan A lesson plan is a content container that holds the content items students need to complete a lesson. You can also add lesson profiles, instructional objectives, required materials, and more.
Syllabus You can attach an existing syllabus file or build a course syllabus through a series of steps.
Course Link You can create a shortcut to an item, tool, or area in your course for quick access to relevant materials.
Content Package (SCORM) You can add web-based learning content called an SCO or Shareable Content Object. These SCOs are gathered together into a compressed, zipped file called a content package. The zipped file can be unpackaged and played through a content player. Typically, individual components or entire packages are provided to you by schools, private companies, or other sources.

More on content packages

Content Folder You can organize content in folders and sub-folders. Use folders to reduce scrolling and help students find materials easily.
Module Page A module page is a specialized content page that presents content in boxes, such as on a course Home Page. Students can keep track of tasks, tests, assignments, and new content created in the course. You can't add your own content to a module page. The system generates the information in each module.
Blank Page You can include files, images, and text together on one page. With the editor, you have creative control over how your content appears and the flexibility to change the order and appearance when you want.

Students select the title in the content list to view the content. No description appears with the title, so you want to be sure to use a meaningful title. This content type saves screen real estate and reduces the amount of scrolling.

Mashups You can use mashups to browse for and add social media elements from other websites.
  • Flickr®: Share photographic images.
  • SlideShare: Share slide presentations, documents, or Adobe PDF portfolios.
  • YouTube™: Share online videos.

More on mashups

Assessments menu
Test You can create tests to assess student knowledge. You can add question types, such as Multiple Choice, True/False, Matching, Calculated, and Essay.
Survey Surveys are ungraded tests. Use surveys to poll student opinion and conduct class evaluations. Survey results are anonymous.
Assignment You can create graded coursework, and manage the grades and feedback for each student or group of students.
Self and Peer Assessment You can allow students to review the work of their classmates through criteria-based evaluation and constructive feedback.
SafeAssignment You can use the SafeAssign tool to prevent plagiarism and create opportunities to help students properly cite sources.
McGraw-Hill Assignment You can build customized assignments from McGraw-Hill's textbooks and resources.
Tools menu
Links to an individual tool You can provide links to tools near related content. For example, you can add a file for students to read in a content area. Then, if you want them to respond in discussions, add a tool link in the content area for easy discussion participation.
Link to the Tools Area You can provide a list of all available tools.
Partner Content menu
Search for Textbook You can include information about the textbooks used in your course. The textbook information is also included in the course catalog where prospective students can access this information prior to enrollment.
Manual Entry Textbook If your search doesn't return the result you want, you can provide the information needed.

ULTRA: Types of content

Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Original" help about types of content.

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

Select the plus sign wherever you want to add content.

More on creating content

This table describes the materials you can add.

Description of content types
Content Type Description
Document You can create a page and add text, audio, video, files, and images.
Folder You can create two levels of folders to organize your content. After you already have two levels of folders, you can't create a third level or upload a folder into the second-level folder. Use folders to reduce scrolling and help students find materials easily.
Link You can link to an outside website or resource.
Teaching Tools and Content Market You can include content with the Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) technology from Blackboard's partner publishers, such as Macmillan, Jones & Bartlett, and Chegg Study.

LTI is an initiative managed by the IMS Global Learning Consortium to seamlessly integrate externally hosted web-based learning tools into courses. The tools must be authorized by your institution.

More on adding content from external sources

Test You can create tests to assess student knowledge. You can add question types, such as Essay, Multiple Choice, and Multiple Answer.
Assignment You can create graded coursework, and manage the grades and feedback for each student or group of students.
Discussion You can provide a link to a discussion near related content. For example, you can add a file for students to read. Then, if you want them to respond in discussions, add a tool link for easy discussion participation.
File 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.