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In this course, Patrick Crispen teaches the ins and outs of Blackboard 9 so that educators and trainers can get up to speed in the system quickly—even if they've never used Blackboard before. The course explores customizing a course site, managing users, and adding and organizing content, including multimedia. It also shows how to perform student assessments in the Grade Center, as well as how to communicate with students and encourage participation and collaboration.
To access your course's Content Collection or Course Files, under Course Management, click Content Collection, and then click the name of your course. Now, we are going to go through this pretty quickly, and the reason why is this topic could rapidly become an entire course unto itself. But out of the box Blackboard gives you a repository of all of your files for any particular course. Now, we've uploaded a handful of files in this chapter. We've placed them in multiple locations. The Content Collection has all of those files in one course folder.
Think of this as your course's file server. The way you are going to see it is click on Content Collection--or by the way, there might be something here that says Course Files instead-- and then click on the name of your course. So if you ever get to a point where you're going, where is that file, I know I uploaded it into Blackboard, where is it? Well, if you know it's in the course, if you're going to the Content Collection, or Course Files, you will see a list of every file that you've ever uploaded to this particular course, including when you've uploaded it.
Now, let me scroll back up to the top of the page, because I want you to see, we've got a list for you right now, but I can also click on View Thumbnails. If I click on View Thumbnails, it actually shows me thumbnails for all the items. I can actually zoom in and zoom out on the thumbnails and make them a little bigger, so the Hollywood sign is now getting bigger and smaller. I am going to stick in the list view though. And when you delete a file from Blackboard--say I go into one of my Course Content areas and I delete a file-- it turns out you're not actually deleting the file from Blackboard. The file will stay in your Course Content.
Now this is only true for things that you upload. If you delete a user, if you delete an announcement, if you delete a task, a Grade Center column, those things are gone. Blackboard only keeps an emergency backup of the files that you upload. Now, you can, if you want to, upload files directly here, if you didn't want to go into the Course Content area and upload files, and that certainly is an option for you. You can also upload a file, just an individual file, or a Package.
A package is just a zip file, and Blackboard will automatically unzip it. You also have the ability, if you want to, to take all of the files that you've uploaded-- I am going to click on this check box in the top left-hand corner--and download this as a Package. In other words, it's going to create a zip file and download it to my computer. And again, this is all of your files. One key thing to remember: when you're downloading the package, you're downloading all of your files, the files that you put on Blackboard.
It's not downloading your student work. We'll talk about that a little later. You also have the ability here in this Course Content, or the Course Files, area to create folders and move your items into folders. By the way, if you do that, it's not going to break the links to these files. Blackboard automatically updates that. You can also click on Set Up Web Folder. This opens up something called WebDAV, and it allows you to upload and download multiple files at the same time. We've only scratched the surface of the Content Collection, or Course Files, but I just wanted that you know the essentials here.
The essentials are to remember that you can go to the Content Collection, or Course Files, click on the name of your course, and there you'll find a copy of every file that you've ever uploaded into this particular course.
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