Thursday, September 03, 2009

Add myFiles links To Your Blackboard Course

The best way to post large files in your course in Blackboard is to take advantage of our myFiles service. This has several advantages including faster download of files from campus, automatic update of files in Blackboard when they are updated in myFiles, and myFiles links will not take up any quota in your Blackboard course.
Here's the easy way to add myFiles links to your Blackboard course:

1.  First toggle Edit Mode at the upper right of your course to "on"

2.  Click a content area in your course menu on the left in which you would like to add the myFiles link, such as the "Course Materials" section.

3. Choose "Add myFiles Links" from the "Add Interactive Tool" button.

4. Blackboard will display the files and folders in myFiles. Check the boxes next to the files you want to add links to. You can even check an entire folder to add links to all the files. Click the "Make Links" button to make the links in Blackboard.

5. Click OK. You're done.

Blackboard will take care of making sure that the students in your course have access to the files in myFiles by setting up "ticketing" in myfiles to allow for access.

Here's a video tutorial demonstrating how to add myFiles links to Blackboard.  Note, this video is a bit outdated (it is for the old Blackboard version 7), but the concept is the same.  Follow exact directions above.

(both video and audio, so make sure your sound is enabled)
(Link to video: