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Blackboard Courses – Course Content

An instructor has the ability to add content to their Blackboard course for the student’s learning experience. This content can come in many forms such as text, images, video, links and documents. The organization and availability of the course content can vary based on how the instructor wants to present it to the student.

By default, course content can be found by clicking on the Course Content link from the Course Menu but the instructor has the ability to change the link name as well as add additional course content links.

Types of Content: There are different types of content that can be added to a course. The following table contains a list of the different kinds that can be found.

Icon Content Type Description
 course_content_item_13x16 Item A general piece of content, such as a file, image, text, or link. A description and other items can be attached.
 course_content_file_13x16 File An HTML file used in the course. These files are viewed as a page within the course or as a separate piece of content in a separate browser window.
 course_content_audio_13x16 Audio Audio file played in a page. If Autostart and Loop are both set to Yes, the audio file plays when you open the page and continues to play until you stop it or navigate away from the page.
 course_content_image_13x16 Image Image file shown on the page.
 course_content_video_13x16 Video Video file viewed from the page. The video player appears directly on the page.
 course_content_url_15x16 URL Link to a website or resource to provide a quick access point to relevant materials.
 course_content_learning_module_15x16 Learning Module A set of content that focuses on a specific subject with its own navigation. Your instructor sets the navigation so you must view content in a specific order, or permits you to view the content in any order. All types of content, including text, images, multimedia, assignments, and tests can be found in a learning module.
 course_content_course_link_19x16 Course Link A shortcut to an item, tool, or area in a course. A course link provides a quick access point to relevant materials and tools.
 course_content_content_folder_22x16 Content Folder A content folder is a way of organizing content items. Content folders and subfolders set up a hierarchy to group related material together. Content folders are used to group material based on a theme, such as media clips. Content folders are used to group material based on a schedule, for example, placing all items for “week 1” together. Using folders to organize content items makes materials easier to find and reduces the length of a content area page.

Learning Modules: A learning module allows for an instructor to present content items in a structured path. A learning module can contain the various pieces of content such as Items, Links and Videos. The instructor can decide whether or not to enforce a sequential progression through the materials. If while navigating through a learning module, only the next page is available to navigate to, then Sequential Viewing is turned on. Otherwise all pages will be available.


Navigate through a Learning Module by clicking on the Page arrows or by clicking on the Content Links.


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