Blackboard: Adding Content

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Readings, lecture files, and other course materials are typically added to a Content Area. The Course Materials page is an example of a Content Area. Other Content Areas can be added to the course menu.

Adding Folders to a Content Area

If you plan to upload a lot of content to your course, you’ll probably want to organize it into folders.  To add a folder,

  1. Proceed to a content area and click on “Build Content“.
  2. Click “Content Folder“.
  3. Enter a name for the folder.
  4. Click “Submit“.

You can now put content in this folder by clicking on it to enter it, and then using the Build Content tool to add materials.

Adding Items or Files

What’s the difference? Item allows you to type text that will appear directly on a Blackboard page, such as an introductory paragraph, a list of tasks, or even an entire written lecture. Item also lets you attach one or more files, such as a PDF article, a document, and Powerpoint slides. The student will see the text you typed as well as links to the files you attached.

File creates a link to a SINGLE specific file such as a PDF, document, spreadsheet, or Powerpoint, etc. with no accompanying text.

Adding an Item

  1. Go into a Content area in your course, such as “Course Materials” or “Syllabus.
  2. Click on “Build Content.”
  3. Click on “Item.”
  4. Enter a name for the “Item” (e.g. “Readings”).
  5. Type or paste your text into the Text area. (Note: Pasting text from a Word document may cause some formatting problems.)
  6. To attach one or more files to that “Item,” click the “Browse” button to add a file from your computer.
  7. Click the “Submit” button to publish the Item to your course.

Adding a File

  1. Go into a Content area in your course, such as “Course Materials” or “Syllabus.
  2. Click on “Build Content.”
  3. Click on “File.
  4. Enter a name for the File (i.e. “Reading 1”).
  5. To attach a file to either an Item or a File, click the “Browse” button and find the file.
  6. Click the “Submit” button to publish the Item or File to your course.

Editing an Item or File

  1. Go into a Content area in your course, such as “Course Materials” or “Syllabus.
  2. Hover over the Item or File to be edited and from the drop-down menu that appears, choose “Edit.”
  3. Click the “Submit” button to republish the edited Item or File to your course.


Before we talk about adding more content however, let’s look at organizing it.

Sometimes you may wish to link to an article that is not in Blackboard.  To do this,

  1. Go to the Website to which you want to link.
  2. Copy the full URL from the address bar, e.g.
  3. With the address copied, go to your Bb course content area.
  4. Under the “Build Content” button, choose Web Link.
  5. Give the link a title, e.g. “New York Times”
  6. Paste in the URL in the next field.
  7. Click Submit.

Adding Text

The “item” is an area where many types of content may be displayed, such as text, images, and videos. To add a text item, click the “Build Content” button and choose “Item.”

Adding Images

Images, (or video and audio files) can be added to your course in a variety of ways. You can embed them within an item and you can add them on the page directly with the Build Content button. To learn more about this, see adding images.

See Also: Adding Content Areas to the Course Menu

To add additional Content Area pages to your menu, find out how to manage the Course Menu.

See Also: File Management

The “Files” area in the course Control Panel makes it easier to organize and update the files that you attach to your course, such as images, PDFs, and Word documents. To learn more see this article on the course files area, or view this video tutorial created by Blackboard about uploading files.

Updated on March 5, 2020

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