Ultra: Create Content – Document

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This guide relates to Blackboard Learn ULTRA

Ultra Documents

‘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.

Screenshot of create document page with add content options

On this page give your New Document a name by overwriting the default title.  The Document can be created here using the options:

  1. Add Content
  2. Add HTML
  3. Upload from Computer
  4. 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.

Screenshot of plus content menu for documents

Add Content

The Add Content option will open the Blackboard Ultra Editor.

Screenshot of Ultra text editor

The editor provides functions to enable you to build content in the document.  These functions include:

  1. Formatting options, text styles, fonts attributes, insert table, alignment, bullet points.
  2. Insert Link and Attach file options.
  3. Using the Plus icon option to insert media from other platforms.

The Plus menu options are:

  • Math
  • Image
  • 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.

Screenshot of embedded Box of Broadcasts

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.

Screenshot of file being uploaded to document

  1. Select the files
  2. Click Open
  3. 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.

Screenshot of Browse Content Collection page

  1. Select the Content area
  2. Select the file/files
  3. Save

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.

In Original

In Ultra

(these were uploaded as a batch by dragging and dropping the files from Windows Explorer, then reordered on the page using drag and drop)

Relevant guide:


Page last updated on June 23, 2023 by taralehane