Nov 202012

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When adding images in Blackboard, you will need to make sure that the images that you plan to add are in either .JPEG, .PNG or .GIF format (.JPEG is the preferable format, however, since .JPEG files produce better tonal resolution than .GIF files, and are typically much smaller in file size than either .GIF or .PNG files).  If you are downloading an image from the internet (which you can easily do by right-clicking on a web-based image and selecting Save Picture As… from the pop-up menu that appears, if you are using Internet Explorer, or Save Image As…, if you are using Mozilla FireFox), you also need to “clean up” the image so that it doesn’t contain unnecessary link-information (including links to malicious processes).  In both cases, you can prepare an image for bringing into Blackboard by doing the following:

  • Open Microsoft Paint (it is located under Programs/Accessories when you select the Start button in Windows XP, or the Microsoft button in Windows 7)
  • In MS Paint, select Open… from the File menu, locate the image on your computer that you plan to add in Blackboard, and then select the OK button.
  • Next, select Save As… from the File menu
  • In the Save As window, navigate to the location on your computer where you want to save the image, select JPEG [*.JPG,*.JPEG*.JPE,*.JFIF] from the Save as type:  drop-down menu, and then select the Save button.  When you do this, unnecessary link-information will be removed from the image, and it will be in the appropriate graphic file format for attaching in Blackboard (see the following instructions)
Set Edit Mode to ON to perform these functions.

Create Image

  • From Build Content
  • Select Image
  • Select Image File
    • Enter a Name in the Name field
    • Select Browse My Computer, Browse Course, or Browse Mashups (see the tutorial on Flickr) to locate and select an image file
      • Select a Different File: this allows you to just change the file you selected
    • Enter Text in the Alt Text field (ALT text provides alternative or substitute text, used when the image is not displayed properly or for screen readers)
    • Enter image information in the Long Description field
  • Image Options
    • Dimensions: Choose Original to display the image in its original size. Choose Custom (Recommended), to specify a size
    • Optional:Border: Select a border width from the menu
    • Optional: Image Target URL: If known, enter the URL to the image such as an image on your H: drive, this can allow students to open and view a larger view of the image.
    • Open Target in New Window: If a Target URL is used, you can choose Yes to open the image in a new window or No to keep it within Blackboard
  • Standard Options
    • Permit Users to View this Content: Choose Yes to make the item available to students. Choose No to make the item unavailable to students
    • Track Number of Views: Choose Yes to record the number of times the item is viewed, when it is viewed and by whom
    • Select Date and Time Restrictions: Choose the Display After date/time and/or the Display Until date/time
  • Select Preview to view display settings before submitting
    • To edit display settings, select Back
  • When finished, select Submit
  • A green confirmation bar appears: “Success: name of image created.

Edit an Image

  • Select the Down arrow next to the image title you want to edit
  • Select Edit
  • Image Information
    • Make changes to the Name field
    • To change the image file: select the Select a Different File button
  • Image Options
    • Make changes to the ALT Text and/or Long Description fields
    • Make changes to the Dimensions, Border, Image Target URL, and/or Open Target in New Window
  • Standard Options
    • Make any changes to the Availability, Track Number of Views, Display After date/time, and/or Display Until date/time
  • Select Submit
  • A green confirmation bar appears: “Success: name of image edited.

Delete an Item

This action is irreversible.

  • Select the Down arrow next to the image title you want to delete
  • Select Delete
  • A confirmation pop-up message appears, to continue deletion select OK, to end deletion select Cancel
  • A green confirmation bar appears: “Success: name of image Deleted.
 November 20, 2012  Posted by at 8:41 am Build Content, Course Content and Tools, Create