The Content Collection organizes files and folders into separate areas for users, courses, and the University itself. Each area is accessed through the Content Collection menu. Selecting an area displays the hierarchy of folders and files available to the user in that area. There are three default content areas: My Content, Course Content, and Institution Content.

To add content to your own content collection folder:

  1. Click the Content Collection tab at the top of the Blackboard interface.

  1. When you enter your Content Collection you will see two options: Upload, and Create Folder (folders can help you keep your files organized by topic, course, etc.).  Hover your mouse over Upload and choose Upload Files.

  1. Ensure the “Single File” option is selected.

  1. Click the Browse button to upload files to your Content Collection.

  1. Click Submit to upload the file(s).

Public Access to Content Collection items


It is recommended that file access permissions be set to "Public" for any items uploaded to the Content Collection. This ensures that users across multiple versions of a course will have uninterrupted access to the file.


By default, access to the file is limited to the "owner," or uploader. When a link to the content collection item is created within a course, read-only access is expanded to all other users within that course. This allows students to view the file, but not to remove or make changes. However, if the course is copied at a later time, item access must be manually granted to new course users each semester. Making read-only access public removes the need for repeated access changes.


  1. To set permissions, click the options button directly to the right of the item, then choose Permissions on the drop-menu.

  1. On the Permissions page, click the Permit Anyone button. Read permissions are granted by default. This allows users to view the file, but not to remove or submit changes to the original.

  1. Click Submit to save your changes.