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Link to Websites

Your institution controls which tools are available.

Create a web link

Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Ultra" help about creating a link to a website.

You can embed a web link so that it appears as a standalone piece of content alongside other materials. For example, you can add a link to a website that has the required reading you list in the syllabus.

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

  1. In a content area, learning module, lesson plan, or folder, select Build Content to access the menu and select Web Link.
  2. Type a name and paste or type the URL. Use the http:// protocol, such as
  3. Type an optional description. You can use the functions in the editor to embed content in your text and add formatting. You have creative control over how your content appears and the flexibility to change the order and appearance when you want.

  4. Select Browse My Computer to upload a file from your computer. The file is saved in the top-level folder in your course's file repository: Course Files or the Content Collection. You can also attach a file from the repository.


    Drag files from your computer to the "hot spot" in the Attach Files area. If your browser allows, you can also drag a folder of files. The files may upload individually. If the browser doesn't allow you to submit the web link after you upload a folder, select Do not attach in the folder's row to remove it. You can drag the files individually and submit again.

    You won’t be able to drag files to upload if your institution uses an older version of Blackboard Learn.

    You can use the file name or provide another name for the file.

  5. Select the appropriate options for availability, tracking, and display dates. Display dates don't affect a web link's availability, only when it appears.
  6. After you submit, the web link appears in the content list. You can change the content at any time. Access the web link's menu and select Edit.

You can change where the item appears in the list with the drag-and-drop function or the keyboard accessible reordering tool.

Link to a tool provider

Select the Tool Provider check box if the web link is a third party tool that implements the Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) protocol. LTI is an initiative managed by the IMS Global Learning Consortium to seamlessly integrate externally hosted web-based learning tools into courses.

For example, if you use external resources that require logins for activities, such as virtual science experiments, create a tool provider web link. Based on the configuration, this link can then pass user information to the tool provider to create a seamless experience for students.

If your institution has already set up the tool provider, paste or type the web address in the URL box. If your institution hasn't performed the setup, and you received a key and secret from the tool provider, add them in the boxes. Provide any custom parameters required by the tool provider. You may also enable grading.

More on tool providers

ULTRA: Create a link to a website

Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Original" help about creating a link to a website.

On the Course Content page, you can add a link to a website that you want students to access alongside other materials. For example, you can add a link to a website that has the required reading that you list in the syllabus.

Select the plus sign wherever you want to add the website information. You can also expand or create a folder and then add the link. Select Create > Link > and the New Link panel opens.

In the panel, type a name and optional description. If you don't add a name for the link, the website's address appears to students. Paste or type the URL and select the globe icon to preview the website. The link is hidden from students until you decide to show it. Select the visibility to change it. Select Save when you're finished.

You can align a web link to one or multiple goals. You and your institution can use goals to measure student achievement across programs and curriculums. You need to save the link before you can align goals.

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

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

More on how to align goals with course content

You can return and edit the information at any time. Point to the link to reveal its management functions. Select the Move icon and drag the link to a new location in the content list. Select the More options icon to delete or edit the link. For example, you can change the link's name.

With your keyboard, you can move the link to a new location and move the link into a folder.

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