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Blackboard 9.1 Online Guide: File Management Tools
Online Learning Modules

Introduction

 

The Course Files area of your Bb9.1 course site is where you will store and organize any files (such as Word documents, PowerPoint presentations, and PDFs) that your students need to access. Links to these files are then created using the "Build Content" tools.

Objectives

Bythe time you have finished the instruction in this module, you should be able to:

  • Locate the Course Files feature within your Blackboard course site
  • Upload files
  • Create folders
  • Move Files
  • Create an HTML file
  • Create and use a Web folder (set up access web folder, drag and drop, edit files)
Learning Activities

Touring the Course Files Feature

  • Click here to view the Tour the Course Files Feature video tutorial which will demonstrate how to access the Course Files storage area, organize your files, upload your files, and link content.

Viewing Your Current Course Files

  1. Click the chevron next to Control Panel under Course Management to expand it so that Files is revealed.
  2. Click the course title to view the Course Files features which show all files currently stored in this area within your current course site.
  3. Click View Thumbnails (upper right corner--just below the Edit Mode switch) to see a list of your files displayed as thumbnails rather than in a list.
  4. Use the slide bar (next to "View Thumbnails") to change the size of the displayed thumbnails.
  5. Click any of the thumbnails to display more information about that item or to reveal the contents of a folder.
  6. Click View List to switch back to the list view of Course Files.

Create a Folder

  1. Click the Create Folder button.
  2. Enter a name for the folder in the space provided and then click the Submit button--you should now see your new folder.

Upload files to Course Files

  1. If you just place your cursor over the Upload button, you will see two options: Upload Files and Upload Package
  2. Cick on "Multiple Files"(in the upper right corner--just below the Edit Mode switch) if it is not already selected.
  3. You can now drag and drop multiple files and folders into the area provided. Once you've added all the desired files/folders, click the Submit button to complete the uploading process.
  4. You can also use the Browse button to navigate to a particular file or folder on your computer rather than using drag and drop.

Move a File to Another Folder

  1. Select a file by clicking the checkbox directly in front of the name of the file.
  2. Click the Move button.
  3. Click the Browse button to select a destination folder.
  4. Click the "radio" button in front of the folder you wish to move your file into and then click the Submit button.
  5. You should see you file in the destination folder.

Create an HTML (Web Page) Object

  1. Click the Create HTML Object button.
  2. Enter a name for your page.
  3. Enter your text in the Content window using the WYSIWYG editor. (Note that you can add images, video clips, and other multimedia elements in the content field.)
  4. Click the Submit button once you have finished entering/editing your text.
  5. You should now see your new file (HTML web page) listed in Course Files.

Attaching Course Files to a Content Item

Setting up a Web Folder (Using WebDAV to transfer files to/from Course Files)

WebDAV is way for you to access files stored in the Course Files storage area within your course site as if it were a network drive or folder on your personal computer.

Here are the steps to create a "web folder" on a computer running the Windows operating system (more complete directions and direction for Mac users can be viewed/downloaded using the links provided below).

  1. From the Course Files area, click the "Setup Web Folder" button located on the uppper right side of the window.
  2. Copy the "Current Web address" which is highlighted in yellow.
  3. Click on the Windows "Start" menu and choose "My Network Places."
  4. Click "Add a network place" and then click the Next button.
  5. Click "Choose another network loaction" and then click Next again.
  6. Enter your UTAD username and password and check "Remember my password" (assuming this is not a public computer.
  7. Click the OK button
  8. Click Next.
  9. Click Finish and you should now shee a web folder for the course in your network place. You can now drag and drop files and folders from your computer directly to this folder and also edit them directly.

Editing a File in the Web Folder

  1. Here are the steps to edit a file in the Web Folder if your computer is running the Windows operating system:
  2. Choose "My Network Places" from the Windows "Start" menu.
  3. Click on the Web folder for your course.
  4. The folder will appear if your UTAD username and password were previously stored while creating the Web Folder; otherwise, you will need to enter them.
  5. Double click on the file (such as a Word, PowerPoint, or Excel file) that you wish to edit and it should open in the appropriate application.
  6. Make the desired changes to the file, save the chages to this same location and the updated file will be immediately available to your students.
It's Your Turn!

 

Itis highly recommended that you apply what you have learned in this tutorial directly in your own Bb 9.1 course environment.

Best Practices in Higher Education

 

  • Use folders to organize your files. (Remeber, that unlike CE4.1, moving your files to a different folder or sub-folder, does not break the link to that file.)
  • Web Folders eliminates the need to download and then re-upload a file that you have made changes to. Web Folders allows you to make changes directly to the files used in your course site--changes made to files in you course Web Folder are immediately available to your students.
Summary

 

The Course Files area of you Bb9.1 course site allows you to store and organize the files that your students need to access. Enhancements over the previous "My Files" area in CE4.1 include the ability to drag-and-drop files as well as the ability to create Web Folders that allow you to directly modify the files and have the changes instantly available to your students.


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Last Updated: 2/22/13