The most versatile type is the “Item.” An “Item” is a container in which you can add all kinds of content items (your own text, files, images, videos or links.) “Items” are containers, “Content Items” go inside “Items”!
Once you’ve placed the Item, you provide a name, instructions and any additional content you wish. To get you started, we will covering the most common types of content that you can build within an Item.
► Add Text
► Add an Attachment
When you open an Item, you will see a screen that looks like:
You must give the item a name. Following this, you use the text editor to write any instructions or additional course notes in the space provided. Below this, you will see a field allowing you to add an attachment:
You should now see your file below.
Proceed to the next section. By default, students can see this content. If you want to track the number of views or restrict the dates the content is visible, you can adjust each. Once complete, click “Submit.”
► Insert a File
If you prefer, you can place the link to a file directly into the textbox. Once again, you will navigate to the file you wish to link. The only difference between this method and the first is where the link is visible to the student.
► Add an Image
Begin by selecting the “Image” icon.
This will open a navigation window. Browse to the image you wish to upload and select it. Give the image a description and a title. Click on “Insert.”
Reminder: you can see the students’ view by turning the Edit Mode to “Off”
► Link to a new website
They will initially appear greyed out. They become active whenever you highlight any object (e.g. a word or even an image.) This will open a navigation window.
- Copy and paste the link path (or browse)
- Change Target to “Open in New Window (_blank)”
- Provide a title
- Insert the link
The Item screen will reopen. The word you highlighted will now appear as a link. Click “Submit”!
If you turn the Edit Mode off and click on the link, the web site should open in a new page. Close the page to return to your Item.
Warning! In Step 2, if you don’t change the setting to “Open in New Window (_blank)” your student might receive an External URL error when they try to open the Link.
► Embed a Video
Embedding a video is very similar to other methods of inserting content. In this case, we are going to embed a youtube video, “Getting Oriented with Blackboard Learn” with the URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YfQ–kd23ts.
Begin by selecting the video icon:
This will open the navigation window. Paste or type the URL into the File-URL field.
The Item screen will be displayed. Note the yellow box in the text editor. This is where the video would be displayed.
Normally , you would click “Preview” to see the students’ view.
But….in this case, the video does not work! This is because the URL needs a small adjustment. Follow the following steps to correct this.
Click the small HTML icon on the Text Editor:
A new screen will appear. Look for the “http://…. “ in the code. Add the letter “s” after the “http”:
If you select “Preview” the video will now appear.
Click Submit and turn Edit Mode off to see the students’ view.