Discovering Reusable Objects Content
Teaching online, like teaching face-to-face, is an ever-evolving process. Creating and maintaining a repository of materials in the Content Collection can make the latest educational materials and research available across your department or the entire school.
Typically, you may want to reuse content in multiple or subsequent sections of a course you teach or share some of your course content with others, including:
In the Content Collection, you can create six types of reusable objects:
Reusable objects are course elements stored in the Content Collection that you can create and share with others. You can add reusable objects to any area of your course, such as the discussion board, Grade Center, content areas, or as an assignment.
Note: Your school controls whether this tool is available. If this tool has been turned off, it does not appear in the interface and will not be available for you to use.
Type information in the Content box. Optionally, use the content editor functions to format the text and include files, images, web links, multimedia, and mashups. The files you upload from your computer are saved in the Content Collection in the same folder.
In the learning objects catalog, you can view the entire collection of reusable objects that you created and those shared with you by other users at your school.
To share reusable objects in the Content Collection, set permissions for an individual object or its folder. When setting permissions, select which users or groups have access to the item or folder and determine their level of access—read, write, remove, or manage. For example, you can start by allowing only read permission. Next, consider creating a folder specifically for collaboration and give the appropriate users read and write permissions to the folder. Then, those users with read and write permissions can customize the reusable object by uploading new files and folders and editing the object.
The following table describes the privileges for each type of permission.
|Type of Permission||Privileges|
|Read||View and download|
|Write||Edit and overwrite
Upload files and folders to a folder
|Remove||Delete files from the folder or the folder itself|
Determine permissions on the Manage Permissions page
Follow these steps to assign permissions to individual users.
You can assign permissions to predefined groups of users, including:
When you set permissions for a group, the options available vary depending on the group selected. For this example, select all members of a course.
You may need to make a setting in your course so you are able to discover reusable objects that you and other users have created in the Content Collection. Other users have to set the appropriate permissions on their reusable objects to allow you to discover them.
In this example, you add a reusable object to a content area using the Discover Content function.
After you add a reusable object to your course, if you need to change it, you must edit it within your courses in each instance. You are allowed to edit the reusable object in the Content Collection using the Edit in Blackboard option in its contextual menu. However, those changes are not reflected wherever it is linked in your courses. The edits you make will be in affect when you add it to a course the next time. The only exception is for reusable objects with a file attachment. If the file in the reusable object is linked to from the Content Collection, you need to update the file using the Overwrite function in the Content Collection.
If you delete a reusable object from your course where it is linked, it is not deleted from the Content Collection. The link to the reusable object in your course is deleted. To delete a reusable object from your course completely, you must delete it from the Content Collection. If the file is linked in your course, a warning message appears alerting you that the deletion will introduce broken links. You may cancel the deletion and view the 360° view report to see where the file is linked before continuing the deletion.