You can use your Blackboard course to share files with your students in your face-to-face, hybrid, and online courses. 

Note that this way of uploading files does not allow you to include a description, so be sure to clearly label your files so that students know what they are.  Consider using the Item tool instead, which allows for multiple file attachments and description to contextualize the content.

1. Log into Blackboard

Log into Blackboard Learn through learn.kent.edu or through FlashLine.

2. Enter your course

Click on the name of your course to access it.

3. Navigate to a content area or folder

Navigate to the content area or folder in which you want to upload the file.

4. Create file

In the Action Bar across the top of the page, select Build Content.  Then click File from the drop-down menu.

Build Content menu


Note: If the Action Bar does not appear at the top of the page, make sure that Edit Mode is turned ON (toggle button in the upper right corner).

Edit Mode button


5. Name the file

In the first section on the Create File page, type a name for the file.

File name

6. Browse for file

Click the Browse My Computer button.  A dialog box will pop up.

Browse My Computer button


7. Select file

Locate and select the file you want to upload from your computer, then click Open.  You will be returned to the Create File page.

Select file dialog box


8. Select options

Skip down to the Standard Options section and set your file options as desired.

Standard options


Permit Users to View this Content: This is your show/hide option.  If you select Yes, the file will be available for students to view and download; if you select No, the file will be hidden from students.  Note: If you enable the Date/Time Restrictions, make sure to set this option to Yes, or else it will override the date/time settings (and the file will not become available).

Track Number of Views: Set this option to Yes to turn on Statistics Tracking for this file.  When enabled, you can run a report to see which students clicked on the link to the file.

Select Date and Time Restrictions: You can make a file available to students for a given date/time range.  The Display After date/time is when the file will appear and the Display Until date/time is when the file will disappear.  To make the file permanently available, leave these boxes unselected.

9. Submit

When you are finished setting the options, click the Submit button.

Students can now click on the file name to view and/or download the file.

Link to file


Edit, Copy, Move, or Delete a File

To edit, copy, move, or delete a file, click the Action Link (drop-down arrow) next to the file name and select the desired option from the drop-down menu.

Action Link menu


Updated June 2019 by Katie Baer, M.Ed., Instructional Designer