Using the Blackboard "Create Image" Feature

Blackboard can embed jpeg and gif images within a course page.  This method is an alternate method from adding the picture as a regular piece of content.

Edit Mode

Edit Mode

1. Check that Edit Mode is turned ON.  This can be switched by clicking ON or OFF.

Access a Content Area

Access a Content Area

2. Choose the Content Area into which you wish to add your picture.  All the content areas work in the same way, if you have renamed or added content areas to your Blackboard course the screenshot above may vary from what you see.

Add Image

Add Image

3. Hover your mouse pointer over Build Content and then click on Image.

Browse for the picture

Browse for the picture

4. You are first asked whether you wish to add a picture from your Computer (Browse My Computer), from elsewhere in your course (Browse Course) or through one of the “mash ups” which currently would allow you to embed a picture from Flickr. In these instructions we assume that you wish to use a picture that you have stored as a file on your computer.

Click Browse My Computer and select your image from your computer, network drive, usb stick, memory card etc.

Image details

Image details

5. Having selected your image you are asked to complete a number of text boxes:

Name
Enter a name for the picture.

Colour of Name
This selects the colour of the text that makes up the name.

Alt Text
Any text entered here will appear as a “tooltip” when a user hovers their mouse over the image. The text will also be used by screen reader software to help those unable to see the image visually understand its contents.

Long Description
Use this box to describe the image.

Image Options

Image Options

6. You may now enter some settings that determine how the image is presented

Dimensions
Here you may decide whether the image should be displayed using its original dimensions or choose custom dimensions. Original dimensions means that the image will be shown at its usual size. Use custom dimensions if you would like the image to be presented in a smaller size. For best results use Original Dimensions. If the image is too large to comfortably view within the Blackboard page then add it as a content item instead.

Border
If you wish a border can be placed around the image. The number selectable determines the thickness of the border. 1 is thin, 4 is thick.  0 (zero) means that no border will be placed around the image.

Image Target URL
If you wish you can set the image to act as a link to a web site outside of Blackboard. When a user clicks on the image they will be taken to this link. If you wish to use this option paste a full web address including the http:// at the beginning into this box.

Open Target in New Window
If you decided to make the image act as a web link above then this option allows you to decide whether the link should be opened within the existing Blackboard page or in a new browser window or tab.

Standard Options

Standard Options

7. The following options are the same that can be applied to most content you add to Blackboard:

Permit Users to View this Content
Do you want students to be able to access this image? Selecting No would prevent your students from viewing it, but you would still be able to view it while Edit Mode is ON. The date restrictions option below is a more powerful way of doing a similar action. The default for this option is Yes.

Track number of views
Select Yes to indicate that the system is to track the number of times a user accesses this image. Select No to indicate that the number of times this page is accessed will not be tracked. Only use this option when you particularly require tracking information. A general report on Course Statistics provides tracking information for the whole course and is available from the Control Panel. For more information about this feature check the link on the right under “What’s Related”.

Select Date and Time Restrictions
If you wish you may restrict when this image will appear. Tick the boxes and determine times and dates as appropriate. Ticking Display After will mean that the content will appear from the time and date that you select. Ticking Display Until will mean that the content will no longer appear (disappear) after the date and time selected has passed. This only affects the way the material appears to students. As a course instructor you can change this setting at any time and the content will always be available to you.

Click on Submit

Click on Submit

8. Click on Submit.

Picture added

Picture added

9. Your picture has been added to the course.  Further options are available by clicking on the modify button beside the image name.