File Attachments

 

Overview

Instructors have the options of attaching files to many different areas of a Course Web site, such as Content Areas, Assessments and Assignments. When a file is attached, a link to the file will be displayed to users. The following information explains what types of files may be uploaded and how these files are treated by the Blackboard Learning System.

 

To attach a file the user may enter the file path or click Browse to locate a file on their local system. When the file is attached it is saved to the course Web site. If the user removes the file from their local machine, the attachment in the course Web site will not be affected.

 

File names

The characters a-z, 0-9, period ‘.’ and underscore ‘_’ are acceptable in file names. All standard ISO 8859 characters (not foreign characters or symbols) are also supported. All spaces will be converted to underscores ‘_’ in the name of the uploaded file.  Special characters are not supported in file names.

 

Recognized content attachments

The following file types are recognized by the Blackboard Learning System. Users may upload any of these types of files to their course Web site.

 

Extension

File Type

Programs associates with the file type

.aam

Multimedia

Macromedia® Authorware® plug-in

Note that the .aam file is the starting point for a series of files that must be enclosed in a .ZIP file.

.aiff

Audio

Audio program

.asf

Multimedia

Microsoft® .NET™ Show

.au

Audio

Real Audio Player™

.avi

Video

Video player (not Macintosh® compatible)

.doc

Text

Microsoft® Word® or other word processor

.exe

Executable

 

.gif

Image

Graphics program or Web browser

.html, .htm

Web page

HTML editor or Web browser

.jpg, .jpeg

Image

Graphics program or Web browser

.jif

Image

Graphics program or Web browser

.mpe

Audio/Video

 

.mpg, .mpeg

Image

Graphics program or Web browser

.moov

Movie

 

.mov

Video

Movie or media player

.pdf

Text

Adobe® Acrobat® Reader®

.ppt, .pps

Slide show

Microsoft® PowerPoint® and PowerPoint Player®

.qt

Movie

QuickTime®

.ra

Audio

Real Audio Player™

.ram

Video

Real Audio Movie™

.swa

Audio

Macromedia® Shockwave® plug-in

.swf

Multimedia

Macromedia® Shockwave® plug-in

.tiff

Image

Graphics program or Web browser

.txt

Text

Text or HTML editor, word processor

.wav

Audio

Audio program

.wma

Audio

 

.wmf

Graphic

Microsoft® Windows®

.wmv

Media/Audio

Microsoft® Windows®

.wpd

Text

WordPerfect® or other word processor

.xls

Spreadsheet

Microsoft® Excel®

 

Note: The Blackboard Learning System can recognize additional file types and associated applications if a MIME extension is added to an XML file in the file system. Contact your System Administrator for more information about adding MIME extensions.

 

Attaching files through the Text Box Editor

The Text Box editor enables users to add many different types of files to the Blackboard Learning System. The table below explains which button in the Third Row of the Text Box Editor is used to add different file types. See the Text Box Editor topic for additional information.

 

File Extension

Text Box Editor Button

.doc

Attach File

.exe

Attach File

.html, .htm

Attach File

.pdf

Attach File

.ppt, .pps

Attach File

.txt

Attach File

.wpd

Attach File

.xls

Attach File

.zip

Attach File

.gif

Attach Image

.jif

Attach Image

.jpg, .jpeg

Attach Image

.tiff

Attach Image

.wmf

Attach Image

.avi

Add MPEG/AVI Content

.mpg, .mpeg

Add MPEG/AVI Content

.qt

Add QuickTime Content

.aiff

Add Audio Content

.asf

Add Audio Content

.au

Add Audio Content

.moov

Add Audio Content

.mov

Add Audio Content

.mpe

Add Audio Content

.ra

Add Audio Content

.ram

Add Audio Content

.wav

Add Audio Content

.wma

Add Audio Content

.wmv

Add Audio Content

.swa

Add Flash/Shockwave Content

.swf

Add Flash/Shockwave Content

 




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