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How do I place articles for students to read on Blackboard?"

One of the most common uses for Blackboard is as a tool for instructors to share readings with their students. This can be done in a few ways: uploading individual documents, linking to external information, and uploading batches of documents. You should know the copyright status of documents you plan to use in class for using teaching materials. Many materials may be eligible for use in class so it's best to learn how to evaluate them. The Fair Use Checklist assists in this process.

If you need help with doing any step in this process, CMET Consultants can provide individualized training to UO instructors on any of the following processes.

Uploading and Linking to Individual Documents

If you have electronic copies of your readings in the forms of .pdfs, Word documents, PowerPoint files, etc. then uploading them one by one to Blackboard is fairly easy by following this tutorial. If you don’t have electronic copies of the readings, you have several options:

You can use FindText to get electronic copies of articles linked in Blackboard. This process will save you time and effort in finding the most recent publications! Check here to more information on creating a durable link.

We recommend users connect with UO VPN to read library articles from off-campus.

If you have print copies of readings or books, CMET Consulting provides convenient scanning for your articles and chapters from your book. If the library owns a print journal or book, our document delivery program will provide you with an online article or chapter. We'll show you how to make requests and use the files in your Blackboard coursesites. Please see:

For archival and high quality scanning Image Services also provides assistance for faculty members in scanning photographs, books and documents for research, presentations and publication. Their scanning technicians can digitize images, text and graphics at high resolution for digital use or for print output. Here are the following kinds of image-specific scanning and digitization services: slide scanning, negative scanning, map scanning, copy stand photography and duplication of three dimensional artifacts using a digital slr and studio lighting kit. Please visit the list of Library Services for Faculty.

Batch Uploading Files

Here are steps on uploading several articles all together and displaying them in a pedagogical arrangement:

Create a folder on your hard drive with all the readings you want to upload in it.

  • Create a Word document and then write a text handle like “Week 1 Reading” select it, and in Word go to Insert > Hyperlink and navigate to the appropriate reading in the folder you will upload.
  • Go to File > Save as… and select “Web Page” as type, and name the file index (The file you create should end in .htm or .html)
  • Create a zip file that includes all your readings AND the index.htm file
  • Essentially, the key thing here is to make a simple HTML page that provides links to your readings in the order that you want your students to read them. Without this index.htm file, you have to point to each reading separately in Blackboard. But WITH it, you can have Blackboard point to it and then it points to all your files.

Go to Blackboard

  • Go to Course Management Section in bottom right hand corner
  • Click on Files option
  • Click on the Course number
  • under Upload, click the Upload Package option (NOT Upload File)
  • Click Browse and select the zip file
  • Click Submit
  • At this point, you have uploaded all the files, including the .htm file to your "Course Files" folder

You can now make the files available by:

  • Go to the "Course Documents" link in the Navigation bar for your course
  • Click on the Build Content button and select the File option from the Create column
  • Click on the Browse COURSE option (NOT the Browse My Computer option) and this opens a new window -- then click the button to the left of the index.htm file which is the index of all your readings.
  • Click the Submit button which returns you to the other window where you can rename the file in the Name box to something like "Electronic Course Readings" and click Submit

Finally, to clean things up one more step, you can optionally do the following:

  • Create a new content area in the Navigation bar using the + sign and selecting the "Create Course Link" option
  • For Location, Browse to the "Electronic Course Readings" link you created in the last step above -- you should see it
  • Make available to users and click Submit
  • Now, the students get a listing of all the readings right away when they click it
  • Lastly, hide the earlier "Course Documents" link since that is duplicative.

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Created by pfrantz on Aug 15, 2012 Last updated Jun 24, 2014
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