Digi know: Organising content with folders in Course Resources (Blackboard)

Image from: Quinn Dombrowski shared under CC BY-SA 2.0 https://www.flickr.com/photos/quinnanya/

Image from: Quinn Dombrowski
shared under CC BY-SA 2.0 https://www.flickr.com/photos/quinnanya/

All content in Blackboard can be organised through folders, just like on your computer.

Folders can be used to organise content by week or topic – depending on how you want to present your course and what types of material you are making available to support the students.

Once the folder has been created, you have a new Content Area to begin adding all your normal resources, links and assignments.

Organise by topic

If you have a variety of content for a specific topic area; such as PowerPoint slides, lecture recordings (Panopto), screencasts, extra reading, web links (this list could go on for a while), you could break your course down into those individual topic areas and make all these topic-related resources available under that one folder. This means that when a student is looking to revise a specific area, they know they can find all the support material in once place.

Organise by week

You might decide that organising weekly would make more sense to your teaching structure, this might be because you have weekly tasks or tests. If organising this way, it’s worth adding descriptions to your folders reminding students what was covered under each week.

Creating folders

Creating folders is easy, full instructions for adding content (including folders) can be found on the Blackboard help pages.

Limiting availability

Once folders have been created, you can limit availability based on time (i.e. create now, make available to students later), or on membership (i.e. make available to a specific users or groups). More information on limiting availability using adaptive release is available on the Blackboard help pages


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