Add a File to the Content Collection

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The Blackboard CONTENT COLLECTION is an online storage space available to every Blackboard user.

Blackboard gives users the option of uploading course content either directly to the course or to the Content Collection. There are several advantages to using the Content Collection:

  • A single file can be shared with numerous courses, groups, or individuals without having to create additional copies or uploads;
  • Files can be updated or replaced without needing to redistribute the file or link;
  • Files in the content collection remain available to the instructor, even as old courses are removed and new ones created;
  • Links to files can be easily copied from one year’s course to the next without having to interact with the file. Currently, there are known issues with this feature. Please visit the Known Issues page for more information;
  • The Content Collection provides considerably more space for files than a course does, and additional space can be requested.

Using the Content Collection can therefore save you significant time and file space in building and updating your courses.

To add a single file to your Content Collection:

Adding a file to your Content Collection allows you to later use that file as you are building or updating a course.

  1. Click the Content tab near the top right of the screen.
  2. Hover your mouse over the Upload button, then click Upload Files.
  3. On the next page, click the Choose File button to locate the file on your computer.
  4. The Options reflect settings relevant to documents shared with other users who may edit or change the file.  If the file will be used by students in the context of a course, you can leave all options unchecked.
  5. Click Submit.

To add this file to your course, see Add & Organize Course Content.

To add a folder to your Content Collection:

With the Content Collection, you can store files from many courses and over many years.  The Content Collection therefore allows you to organize your files much as you would organize the files on your own computer.  Creating FOLDERS allows you to easily group your files together by course, year, or any other criteria.

  1. Click the Content tab near the top right of the screen.
  2. Click the Create Folder button.
  3. Enter a Name for the Folder.
  4. Click Submit.