This guide relates to Blackboard Learn ULTRA
‘Document’ in an Ultra course or organisation refers to a content item which is similar to an ‘Item’ in Blackboard Original, but might better be thought of as a web page.
You can create multiple blocks or sections within your Document.
At their simplest, these blocks could consist of a single file (such as a Word document or PowerPoint presentation) uploaded to Blackboard.
But you can also create multiple text blocks within a Document, each of which might contain text, weblinks, images, uploaded files or embedded videos.
Create Document options
From the Create Items menu under Course Content items select Document. The New Document page will open.
On this page give your New Document a name by overwriting the default title. The Document can be created here using the options:
- Add Content
- Add HTML
- Upload from Computer
- Browse Content Collection
Building Sections in a Document
Once you have created a block of content, using any of the Add options, and saved it, the plus icon will appear at the bottom of the document. This allows you to choose from the menu again, to create another section in your Document.
The Add Content option will open the Blackboard Ultra Editor.
The editor provides functions to enable you to build content in the document. These functions include:
- Formatting options, text styles, fonts attributes, insert table, alignment, bullet points.
- Insert Link and Attach file options.
- Plus the option to insert media from other platforms.
The Plus menu options are:
- YouTube video
- Content Collection
- Content Market
Embedding a YuJa video
To embed a video from your YuJa account select Content Market and use the YuJa Media Chooser LTI tool to insert the video from your My Media area.
See our guide Add Content – Content Market for further details.
When you select Add HTML a text editor will open and allow you to write HTML code directly into the editor.
In the HTML text editor the code will display in various colours to distinguish it from the text, and a prompt of tags and attributes will display to aid your code writing.
Add Embed Code to HTML editor
The Add HTML option is likely to be used rarely, if at all, by most staff. However you will need to use the HTML editor in Ultra to add the embed code for external media, such as Box of Broadcasts, or to embed a Twitter feed. Simply paste the embed code into the editor and it will add the media.
Upload from Computer
When you select Upload from Computer the file manager will open and prompt you to select the file or files to add to the document.
- Select the files
- Click Open
- Each file displays in the document as a separate blocks (these can then be rearranged on the page)
Browse Content Collection
When you select Browse Content Collection the Blackboard Content Collection will open and prompt you to select the file or files to add to the document.
- Select the Content area
- Select the file/files
The files will display in the document as separate blocks (which can then be rearranged on the page).
Organising the Blocks
Once you have created your various blocks using these methods, those blocks can be rearranged into the order you desire. Hover over the block you wish to move until the Move Paragraph/Move File icon appears. Click on this icon to pick up the section and move it.
Presenting files to students via a Document
If your Original Organisation has a content area consisting principally of files – whether created as a File or attached to an Item – you could reproduce this in Ultra as a single Document.
(these were uploaded as a batch by dragging and dropping the files from Windows Explorer, then reordered on the page using drag and drop)