One of the most rewarding things I get to do in my job is talk to faculty, find out how they are using technology, and TRY to help them with technology questions and ideas. Just the other day I met with several faculty members and really listened to their questions, concerns, and great ideas. The thought came to me that other faculty members probably have the same needs, so why not answer some of those questions through this blog? So, here we go . . .
A faculty member asked me how to upload a file to her Blackboard course that could be accessed by her students. (Of course, you can create an external link to the article if it’s available online. But that has its own problems. For instance, what if the link changes and you want to use this course over again? You have to go back in your course, find the updated link (hopefully!), and put in the correct link. That’s a drag.)
So, how do you create a link to a pdf file you have stored on your Blackboard course? First, you must SAVE the pdf file to YOUR computer. Then, you simply select Control Panel and navigate to one of the content folders and select Item.
You will then be prompted to enter the name of the item, an optional description, and then browse for the file to upload. Blackboard automatically assumes that you want to create a link to this uploaded file, so you don’t have to do anything there. Then, you have a few more choices to select before you click “Submit.” Your file with accompanying information will then be available for your students to select, view, download, and print if they want.
For you visual learners, I’ve created a quick video: http://screencast.com/t/DWI8VjvD7
I hope this helps you better understand the difference between uploading a file for linking and linking to an external website. Have a great day!