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Add Content From External Sources

The right digital content can help you make the most of your courses.

Make your Blackboard Learn course even more valuable through integrations and links to digital content. Your institution's Blackboard Learn administrator can authorize resources with Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) technology. LTI is an initiative managed by the IMS Global Learning Consortium to seamlessly integrate externally hosted web-based learning tools into courses.

You may also have access to the Content Market, a one-stop-shop for instructors to access external content they want to use in their course. Instructors and course builders can access ready-made material from textbook publishers to enhance their curriculum and provide students with supplementary materials that aid in learning.

With an integrated content solution, you can deliver market-leading publisher online products inside your Blackboard Learn courses. Provide seamless access to the high-value content you need, the way you want it.

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Content Market

Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Ultra" help for Content Market.

The Content Market workflow simplifies the discovery and addition of content and tools from external sources. You can access valuable learning materials from Blackboard's partner publishers, such as Macmillan, Jones & Bartlett, and Chegg Study. You can choose from commercial and non-commercial resources, lessons, ebooks, open educational resources, tools, and apps.

In a content area of your course, select Content Market from the Partner Content menu.

Browse the Content Market to add content to your course. The Associated Partners list displays publishers that you've connected to your course. Available Partners displays publishers who you haven't yet associated with your course, but that are available to you.


ULTRA: Content Market

Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Original" help for Content Market.

The Content Market is your gateway to access valuable learning materials from content providers. You can also access tools and links that your administrator has made available across your institution.

The content and tools you add appear on the Course Content page alongside your other course materials.

At this time, some partner content providers are only available in the Original Course View. These include Cengage Learning MindLinks™, McGraw-Hill Higher Education, Pearson's MyLab & Mastering, Bookshelf by VitalSource Technologies, and WileyPLUS.

  1. Go to the course where you want to add content.
  2. On the Course Content page, select the plus sign wherever you want to add content. You can also expand or create a folder and add content.
  3. Select Content Market. From here, you can find and add content from content providers or browse the list of tools that your institution has already made available.
  4. Choose a publisher textbook and electronic resources. Then, pair your course to that publisher with the authorization process required by that publisher. You may be asked to authorize the provider's access to certain user information, such as your name and email address.

    Your institution may choose to automatically share your user information with content providers.

  5. Select Launch.

At the start, you provide your publisher credentials and receive access to the textbook. Then, you can continue to access materials and tools throughout the term. After you add materials to your course, you can organize them as you want and show them to students when you’re ready.

Institution Tools

You may also have access to content and tools your institution has added.

Your administrator can authorize resources with Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) technology. LTI is an initiative managed by the IMS Global Learning Consortium to seamlessly integrate externally hosted web-based learning tools into courses.

On the Content Market page, you can select your institution’s Blackboard Collaborate Ultra session manager if it appears. In the panel that opens, you can manage visibility, rename the tool, and type a description that will appear on the Course Content page.


ULTRA: Books and Tools

On the Course Content page, select the Books and Tools link to view the publisher content that you've already used in your course and tools you might be interested in.

The list of suggested tools contains the authorized tools for your institution, such as Blackboard Collaborate Ultra. Select the plus sign to use a tool in your course.

You can use Books and Tools to set up a shared class notebook. You can also grade contributions and add a due date so that the required work appears on students’ calendars. Simply add it to your Course Content page and configure it based on instructions from the tool provider.


ULTRA: Add teaching tools with the LTI connection

You can also set up tools that your institution hasn't authorized yet. For tools integrated with the LTI standard, add the LTI connection information: Course Content > Create > Create Item > Teaching Tools with LTI connection.

On the New LTI Link panel, title the tool and type or paste the Configuration URL. If the LTI connection requires a key or a shared secret, these fields appear after you add the URL. You can also allow class conversations, enable grading, and type a description that will appear with the tool on the Course Content page.

Your institution decides which LTI providers are acceptable and may limit external connections.

When students select the link on the Course Content page, they're brought to the content.

You're alerted and the link is hidden from students if the configuration is invalid or requires approval by your institution.

You can align an LTI 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 LTI link before you can align goals.

Students won't be able to see the goals you align with an LTI link.

On the Course Content page, select More options icon in the LTI 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