Let students exchange files in Blackboard
It can be useful having a shared folder on your course page where you and your students can exchange files with one another. For example, it can be used to share notes, assignments, or articles.
On Blackboard, it is only possible for educators to share files. This is typically done in a content area with Build Content > File, or Build Content > Item where one or more files are attached.
However, what do you do if your students need to share files? This is possible with the group tool, in which group members can exchange files. The solution is to create a group that consists of all students in a class.
How to create a group
- In the Course Management menu, select Users and Groups > Groups
- Move your cursor to Create and select Manual Enrol.
- Below Name, select a name for the group, for example, All students.
- In Tool Availability, you can select which tools should be available to the groups. The tool needed to share files is File Exchange.
- Click Add Users and select all students by ticking off the box to the left of USERNAME. Finally, click Submit.
- Again, click Submit to create the group.
Now the group has been created, and all students have access to the group – including sharing files. Students can find the group in the left menu below Groups.
For students: How to exchange files
- Click on the recently created group and select File Exchange.
- Click Add File.
- Name it and click Browse My Computer to locate the file to be shared.
- Click Submit to upload the file.
Now the file has been shared with peers. By clicking on the name of the file, it can be opened or downloaded to your computer.
Please note that all students can delete one another’s files. Therefore, it is not suitable for setting assignments. It is much more appropriate to create an assignment where students can upload.
It is not allowed to share copyrighted files – even if a Blackboard course page is not public.
With File Exchange, you can only share files. If you also need to share links or comments, you may want to use some of the other group tools, such as a blog, discussion board, wiki, or journal.