Blackboard provides many options for creating content. After you create a course area, such as a content area, learning module, lesson plan, or folder, you create content in it by pointing to its action bar to reveal menus for selecting content items, tests, and links to tools.

You can make content relevant and interactive by including several different types of learning materials and experiences. For example, you can provide online lectures, multimedia, and surveys.

As you create content, you can set its options, such as availability. This enables you to create content and make it unavailable to users until you are ready for them to view it.

Using the Content Editor
The content editor allows you to add and format text, insert equations and hyperlinks, tables, and attach different types of files to create content. The editor appears throughout the system as the default editor.

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Add a New Content Area to the Course Menu

A new content area can be created for Tests and Quizzes, your Syllabus, or as a place to store and organize any additional content. Content areas allow you to upload documents, embed videos, or create assignments and tests.

Adding an Item

An item is any type of file, text, image or link which is displayable to students.

Customizing Your Blackboard Course Menu

Blackboard's Course Menu can be customized by the instructor. Items can be added, hidden, and re-ordered to meet the instructor's preferences and needs.

Embed a YouTube Video in Blackboard

Learn how to embed a YouTube video in a Blackboard course.


Instructors can use the Mashups tool to easily add content from Ensemble, YouTube, Flickr, and SlideShare to their Blackboard course.