Create and populate a document

What is it?

You may have, by now, created your basic module structure within course content using Learning Modules and Folders in MyDundee. You will now begin to upload content including documents from your computer. This guide will take you through how to upload a document to your MyDundee module.

Once you have created your document, you might want to include images, HTML, and links to your work to enhance your existing module content.

What does it do?

A document can refer to many types of files but will usually consist of a standard Word, PDF or PowerPoint file and students will be able to download the file to their device.

Including images to your document can make your module visually interesting and engaging. By adding links to your document, you can signpost a student to external resources that will broaden their knowledge and understanding. HTML can enhance accessibility for your document so that all your students can benefit from online learning. These are only a few examples of document add-ons that you can include.

  • Create downloadable content for your module
  • Upload a variety of file types to your module folders
  • Also gives the ability to drag and drop files to your course content
  • Enhance your documents visually
  • Enhance documents further with links to external resources
  • Make your documents accessible for all students

What should I know?

To create a document

Step 1: To create a separate document to your leaning modules and folders, select the plus tool beneath the Course Content title (outside of the Learning Module box outline) and it will highlight purple when you hover over it.

Blackboard Ultra module course content showing the add content menu

Step 2: Select Create

Blackboard Ultra module course content showing the add content menu

Step 3: Select Document

Blackboard Ultra module showing the Create Item menu

Step 4: A new tab will appear. Type over the pre-populated file name to change it.

Note: The folder title will be pre-populated with ‘New Document’ and then the current date. You can also edit the title by hovering over the text and a pencil icon will appear. Select this to edit.

Empty Blackboard document
Blackboard document screen highlighting the change name button

Step 5: A document that is created independently from a Learning Module or Folder will look like this in comparison to the Learning Module on the image below. You can edit the folder name and description again by selecting the three dots as below.

Blackboard module screen, highlighting the more actions button on a document

To create a document within a Learning Module

Step 1: Within the Learning Module, create the document following steps 1-6 of the independent document guide as above. The process is the same.

Blackboard Ultra module showing the Create Item menu

You have now created a document within your learning module. In comparison to the separate folder outside of the module, the two types of folder should look like this:

Blackboard Ultra module course content showing a learning module and a document

Note: You can also create a document within a folder either outside or within a Learning Module. The above process is the same for each.

Uploading content to your document

Step 1: Select the three dots to the right of your document and then select edit

Blackboard module screen, highlighting the more actions button on a document

Step 2: Select upload from computer and select the file you want to upload from your computer’s file explorer and open

Blackboard document screen showing the add content to your document

Note: You can also drag and drop a file from your file explorer to this page.

Step 2: Select your document

Blackboard module screen highlighting a screen

To add an Image, link, or attachment

Step 3: Select from the options below: Upload from the Cloud storage or Computer

Blackboard document screen showing the add content to your document , with the Add Content, Upload from Computer and Upload from Cloud Storage buttons highlighted

or Add content. Here you can use the text editor bar where you can format text, change the style and font to make your document more accessible.

It may also be easier to create a document page using the text editor as it makes it easier to move around, edit and delete parts of the text. A student can also open and read a document page as opposed to downloading a file to access it.

Blackboard document, showing the Add Content text box

Step 4: Save your work

To add HTML

Step 1: Select Add HTML 

Blackboard document screen showing the add content to your document , with the Add HTML button highlighted

Step 2: Enter your HTML

Blackboard document, showing the Add HTML  text box and highlighting the save button

Step 3: Save your Work

It is also possible to embed YouTube and YuJa videos. This will be explained in the pre-recorded content section of the training module.

Updated on 08/09/2021

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