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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:

  • Instructions for a term paper assignment with other members of your department.
  • A presentation with interested colleagues who can add their viewpoints and edits.
  • Policies that apply to all courses in your department.

In the Content Collection, you can create six types of reusable objects:

  • Assignment
  • Course Content
  • Discussion Topic
  • External Link
  • Grade Center
  • HTML Object

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.

How to Create Reusable Objects in the Content Collection

  1. Access the Content Collection and navigate to the folder that you want to create the reusable object in.
  2. On the action bar, click Build.
  3. From the drop-down list, choose a reusable object type. For this example, select HTML Object.

  4. On the Create Reusable Object page, type a name, which becomes the file name in the Content Collection.
  5. 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.

  6. Click Submit. The reusable object appears in the selected folder in the Content Collection. The system adds the .html extension to the file name. In the Content Collection list, note that all reusable objects have the same icon.

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How to View a List of Reusable Objects in the Learning Objects Catalog

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.

  1. In the Content Collection, in the left navigation pane, expand the Jump To... menu.
  2. Expand the Learning Objects section.
  3. Click View Catalog.
  4. In the content frame, in the Browse Reusable Objects section, you can view the categories of objects. Expand a category to see its contents.

    Note:You cannot add objects to your course from this area.

How to Set Permissions to Allow Others to Discover Your Reusable Objects

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 PermissionPrivileges
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
Manage Control properties

Determine permissions on the Manage Permissions page

Follow these steps to assign permissions to individual users.

  1. In the Content Collection, navigate to the folder or file you want to assign permissions to.
  2. In the file or folder's row, click the icon in the Permissions column.

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  3. On the Manage Permissions page, click Select Specific Users on the action bar.
  4. On the Add User page, type one or more usernames, separated by commas, or click Browse.
  5. If browsing, in the Search For text box, type the search criteria and click Search.
  6. Select the check boxes next to the appropriate users and click Submit.
  7. On the Add User page, in the Set Permissions section, select the check boxes for the appropriate permissions.
  8. Click Submit.

You can assign permissions to predefined groups of users, including:

  • All members of a course you are instructing.
  • All users with specific roles in a course you are instructing, such as all students or all teaching assistants.
  • All users assigned to select groups in a course you are instructing.

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.

  1. In the Content Collection, navigate to the folder or file you want to assign permissions to.
  2. In the file or folder's row, click the icon in the Permissions column.
  3. On the Manage Permissions page, click Select Specific Users by Place on the Action Bar.
  4. From the drop-down list, select a group.

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  5. On the Add Course User List page, in the Choose Courses section, select the check boxes next to the appropriate courses.
  6. In the Select Roles section—only available for some user groups, select the check box next to All Course Users, or narrow your selection by role.
  7. In the Set Permissions section, select the check boxes for the appropriate permissions.
  8. Click Submit.

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How to Discover Reusable Content in Your 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.

  1. On the Control Panel, expand the Customization section.
  2. Select Properties.
  3. On the Properties page, in the Course Files section, select the option for Display all Content Collection options.

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  4. Click Submit. The Discover Content function appears on the action bar in content areas and the Grade Center.

In this example, you add a reusable object to a content area using the Discover Content function.

  1. Access a content area and change Edit Mode to ON.
  2. On the Action Bar, click Discover Content to access the Discover Usable Objects drop-down list.
  3. Select a reusable object type:

    Note: To add an external link reusable object you created in the Content Collection, you must create a content item. Then, browse the Content Collection for the external link reusable object and link it to the content item. Also, when building content in a content area, you cannot use the web link content type to access the external link reusable objects.Click Go.
    • Assignment
    • Course Content
    • Discussion Topic
    • Grade Center
    • HTML Object
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  5. In the Learning Objects window, the reusable objects for that type appear. Select the item to add.

  6. Click Submit. The Create Item page appears.
  7. Provide a name for the reusable object.
  8. Provide the appropriate information in the remaining fields.
  9. Click Submit.

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.

Topic Information
  • Topic #: 8261-1789
  • Date Created: 5/7/2013
  • Last Modified Since: 8/15/2013
  • Viewed: 239
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