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Blackboard - Content areas and menus for adding content

This page shows how you can create content areas and how to use the menus for adding content in Blackboard Learn.

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This user guide describes how you can create and use content areas and how to use the menus for adding content to them.

Adding content #

All courses are set up by default to include content areas. On the course menu on the left, you can see the content areas that are already available in your course. In this example, we will use the content area Learning materials.


Click on Learning materials to enter the content area and start adding content. On the menu bar under the title of the page Learning materials, you will have three options: Build content, Assessments, Tools and Partner Content.


If you cannot see the black menu bar, make sure edit mode is On, which you can see in the upper right corner of the screen, just below your name.


Build content #

Hover over Build content to see all the options. The most used are Item, Content folder and Learning module. Click on one of them or any of the other options to add content.


An Item allows you to present a combination of content. Using the editor you can write or copy-paste text, attach files, add hyperlinks or embed multimedia. Take note that if you add a lot of content, your students will have to do a lot of scrolling. You can always exit edit mode to see what your content area will look like to others.


Content folders and learning modules are both containers for content and they give you access to the same menus for adding content as the course content page, allowing you to build nested structures, reducing the amount of scrolling your students will have to do.

For more information on how to create and use different kind of content, check out the topic page for Blackboard.

Assessments #

Hover over Assessments to see all the options. Click on one of them to choose and add an Assessment.


Assignment with file submission is one of the most common types of assessment and is particularly suitable if your course uses text submission as part of the student activities.

You may also add a Test to be completed online with different types of questions, for example multiple choice, essay, and type the answer questions.

A Survey is suitable for getting students opinions on the course or learning activities. It works the same way as tests, with the exception that questions cannot be scored and submissions are anonymous. 

You can use Self and Peer Assessments to let students evaluate their own or other students' work. They can give and receive constructive feedback to enhance their comprehension of the course material.

For more information on how to create and use the different kind of assessments, check out the topic page for Blackboard.

Tools #

Hover over Tools to see the most common tools. Click on More tools to see all the options. Click on the tool you would like to add.



A Discussion Board provides an opportunity for students and teachers to discuss course material online. A course Wikis or a Blogs is suitable for example for letting all course members contribute to a course summary. These can all be graded to ensure that all students contribute.

Another tool you can use is Groups. Splitting your students into groups will allow them to work on different assignments. You can also give students access to Email and set up an online conference tool - Blackboard Collaborate Ultra that can be used to hold online seminars and virtual group meetings.

You can also give students access to the Calendar and the list of all List of Course Participants.

Note that if you choose to add tools to a content area, it is to make it available to the students. As a teacher, you can always access the tools from the course contral panel on the left.

For more information on how to use different tools, check out the topic page for Blackboard.

Creating a content area #

If you would like to add a content area to the course menu, use the mouse to hover over the + sign in the upper left corner and choose Content Area. You now get to name your content area and choose to make it available to your students by checking the box Available to users. If you choose not to, you can always make it available later.




Making a content area available to students #

If you have a content area that is not available to students, it will be marked by a square with a line through it in the course menu. To make it visible to students, hover over the link and an arrow will appear. Press it and choose Show link.


Now the content area will be visible to your students.

Contact #

Orakel Support Services can help if you have any questions or difficulties.

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