Items

Items

An item is one of the most useful tools for building content in your Blackboard course site. We refer to it as the Swiss Army Knife of Blackboard tools.

Items: General Tips
  • Make sure edit mode is ON when you start editing or creating course materials.
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  • All items go inside of your weekly learning modules. Use the items to add text (introduction), images, YouTube videos, hyperlinks, and attach documents.
  • Go to Lessons>Select Learning Module>Build Content>Item
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  • Create materials offline and then copy/paste into Blackboard
  • Always choose Submit to save your work; Blackboard has no automatic save.
  • To edit an item, hover over the title until the chevron or down arrow appears.
  • Items can be moved by hovering over them until yellow bar with arrows appears to the left. Drag and drop.
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Create Items

Create Items

Text-Only Items

Go to Lessons>Select Learning Module>Build Content>Item

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  • To create an item with text only, go to Go to Lessons>Build Content>Item. Fill in the name (this acts like a header) and then copy and paste your text into the text box.""
Document Attachment

o to Lessons>Select Learning Module>Build Content>Item

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  • To create an item a document attachment use the paperclip tool.
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  • Select “Browse My Computer” to find the file on your system
  • “Name of Link to File” is the text your students will see as a heading.
  • “Alt Text” is viewable to screen readers, and other accessibility software. We recommend that you always use this, to better serve your students.
  • Always open in a new window
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Hyperlink (External URL)

Go to Lessons>Select Learning Module>Build Content>Item

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  • To create a hyperlink, first write the text you want to be the link, and then highlight this text with your cursor.
  • Click the “link” button on the top right.
  • You will be prompted to enter a link path, which is the URL of the page you wish to direct students to.
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  • Always open links in a new window
  • The “title” will act as descriptive text for screen readers and other accessibility software. We recommend that you always use this, to better serve your students.
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Image

Go to Lessons>Select Learning Module>Build Content>Item

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  • To create an item with an image use the image tool.
  • Best browsers for this are Firefox and Chrome – they allow you to resize photos after importing.
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  • You will be asked to input an image URL or Browse your Computer to find the image.
  • Image Description: Acts as descriptive text for screen readers and other accessibility software. We recommend that you always use this, to better serve your students.
  • Dimensions: For images, the ratio of height to width in pixels should match the original image. If the image is too big, customize the dimensions, but keep the same ratio between height and width. For example, and image at 640 x 800 pixels could be resized to 320 x 400. Changing the ratio of the dimensions will make the image appear stretched.
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YouTube Video

Go to Lessons>Select Learning Module>Build Content>Item

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  • YouTube videos have a special tool within the MASHUPS on the tool bar. It is for YouTube only.
  • You are able to change the Display Name of the video.
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  • Recommended settings:
    • View: Embed Video
    • Show YouTube URL: Yes
    • Show YouTube information: Yes
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Creating Items in Blackboard Video
Item Editing

Editing Items


Once you‘ve created an item, you may wish to change something about it.

When editing an item, you‘ll want to make sure “edit mode” is set to on. You will not be able to use the “Table of Contents” bar on the left and will need to interact directly with the items.
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  1. Enter your lesson and locate the item you want to edit.
  2. Place your mouse over the item so the down arrow appears next to its name, and then click on the arrow to access the item menu.
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  3. Select “edit”.
  4. From here you can change an item‘s:
    • name
    • description
    • attached files
    • availability
    • due dates
    • grading information (including points, rubrics, submission details)
  5. Be sure to click “Submit” to save your changes.
Editing Items