Creating digital materials for your courses/organizations

Instructors can add file attachments to different areas in a course, such as to a content item, an assignment, or a Discussion Board post. Users open a file by clicking a link to the file that appears in the course.

Creating Audio files

  • When creating and saving audio files, be sure to save it as an MP3.
  • If at anytime you have questions or concerns about creating audio files for courses, please contact OCTET.

How can I acquire audio from different resources to use in my class?

  • You can link to audio files on the Internet.
  • You can import audio selections from CD’s using built in computer software (such as iTunes).
  • You can create your own audio using Audacity or Aviary (part of OCApps) to  record and edit audio files.


Creating Video files

  • When creating and saving video files, be sure to save it as an MP4 or MPEG.
  • If at anytime you have questions or concerns about creating video files for courses, please contact OCTET.

How can I acquire video from different resources to use in my class?



Creating PDFs 

  • When creating PDFs for distribution to students, it is recommended to save the file using the “Reduce File Size” option. Be sure to make the file compatible with Acrobat 4.0.
  • Try to scan documents in Black/White.  Scanning documents in greyscale or color increases the file size.

How can I make a PDF document to upload into Blackboard?

  • Articles and images can be scanned on OCTET’s scanner and converted into PDF files for easy access. These files can be posted on Blackboard for class use.
  • Most academic departments on campus have scanner/copies that can scan documents and send PDFs to your email address.  You’ll need to contact your departmental AA to verify if this is possible.
  • You can upload documents to GoogleDocs and export them as PDFs.


PowerPoint /Slides

Embedding Audio/Video files within PowerPoint:

If you plan to use audio and video within a PowerPoint presentation there are several things to consider:

If you just plan to show the PPT in class:

  • be sure that the audio/video clip is located somewhere on the computer (or media) you plan to use for the presentation
  • when you insert an audio/video clip in your PPT, it doesn’t actually add the file to the PPT.  Instead, it creates a link to the file, so it is very important that the file remains in the same location, otherwise PPT will not be able to locate it.

If you plan to show the PPT in class and make it available in Blackboard:

  • You will need to post the audio/video through Blackboard separately from the PPT.
  • If you create the PPT on a MAC, students using a Windows machine will not be able to view any inserted videos; if I am on a Windows machine, but the PPT was created on a MAC, it’s going to try to open QuickTime–which isn’t the default system player on a PC.
  • If you create the PPT on aWindows machine, students using a MAC will not be able to view any inserted videos; if I am on a MAC, but the PPT was created on a Windows machine, it’s going to try to open Windows Media Player–which isn’t the default system player.


Other file types for courses

Any file type can be uploaded to Blackboard.  However, remember that students need to be able to access the file when they download it.  This means that they need to have software that can open the file.  This can be especially useful to faculty who want to share files with students for specialized software that is only available in public labs on campus.  Students can access the files from their course sites while in the public lab.

Click here for more information about file attachments and recognized file types.