Oberlin Center for Technologically Enhanced Teaching


Does your MAC unzip .zip files automatically?

When you download a .zip file in Safari on your MAC, does it unzip automatically?  This can be problematic if you are downloading .zip files for later use (such as future import into Blackboard).  There is a setting that you can change to prevent Safari from automatically unzipping the file:

  1. Open Safari.
  2. From the Safari menu, select PreferencesSafari preferences
  3. On the General tab, find the “Open Safe Files After Downloading” feature (usually at the bottom).
  4. Uncheck the box to prevent .zip files from opening automatically.   Disabling this feature can also help to protect your computer from malware and trojans.
  5. Once you have disabled the feature, download the .zip file again and it will remain intact without opening.uncheck


If you prefer to leave this feature enabled,  you can find the original .zip file in the trash.  Simply drag the original .zip file from the Trash to your desktop for use.


Access materials from older courses

Are you looking for an old course that is not in your Blackboard course list?  If we have a copy of the course, you can access it through Blackboard.  When you log into the system you should see a box just below your course list titled “Access materials from older courses.”  Click the link in the box and you’ll be prompted to enter a password.  Input your ObieID (same one used to access Blackboard).  Once you enter your credentials, you will be presented with a list of past courses.  These are zipped package files and need to be downloaded to your computer before you can import them into Blackboard.  Click the link to the course to initiate download.  Please be sure to download the file without unzipping it.  Once you have the file on your computer, you can then use the import feature in your course site to upload it back into the system.

Click here to learn how to “Import Course Packages.”


Add image (s) to a test or exam question

Question settings include options to change default point values for a test, add images, files, or external links to questions and answers, and designate questions as extra credit.

Before you can begin adding images to questions, you will need to change the test or survey’s question settings.  See Changing Question Settings for more information.


Upload multiple documents

You can add files and folders to Course Files in multiple ways, including when course content is created. All Recognized Attachment File Types can be saved to Course Files.

Note:  Students cannot upload files to Course Files. They may only browse for and attach files from their computers when participating in a course, and those files are not saved in Course Files.

You can add content in four ways:

  • Upload files and folders into Course Files, either one at a time or in batches, using the drag-and-drop function or the browse function.
  • Upload files when content is created in your course. Files uploaded from your computer using the Browse My Computer function are saved automatically in the top level folder in Course Files.
  • Create content using the Text Editor and save it as an HTML object,
  • Use WebDav for direct upload, editing, and management of files in Course Files from your computer desktop or through WebDAV capable applications.

For more information about uploading files and documents, please click here.