The Blackboard Content Editor - student guidance

Blackboard’s Content Editor is used across Blackboard writing discussion board posts, or creating blogs, journals or wiki articles. You may also use the Content Editor when responding to some test questions, or if you have to submit audio or video work for your assignments.

Screenshot of Content Editor toolbar

Input and format text

You can format any inputted text using the buttons in the toolbar, which are similar to most word processing applications (bold, italic underline, bulleted lists, text alignment, etc).

Please visit Blackboard’s help page for a full list of the formatting options available in the content editor.

Blackboard Help: the Content editor

Add content (insert media)

Media can be inserted into the content editor using the Add content (+) button. If you can’t see the Add Content button, click the three dots to expand the content editor.

Please note: If you are submitting a media assignment, please visit our web page on Submitting media work in Blackboard.

Use the cursor to control where the content is added before selecting the Add Content button. You can insert the following items:

Item Description
Local files

Files from your computer, such as PowerPoint Presentations, PDFs or images can be uploaded to your course alongside other content.

Remember to check your content for accessibility using Ally. Audio or video files should be uploaded to your course using Kaltura Media.

Content collection Files from the Content collection (Course content, institution content etc).
Cloud Service Choose from Google Drive* and other Cloud Services.
Echo360 Video Library Insert Videos from your Echo360 (Encore) Library.
Flickr Photo Search and insert photos from Flickr using keywords.
Kaltura media Insert Videos from your Kaltura My Media Library.
Slideshare Presentation Search for and insert Slideshare presentations.
YouTube video Search for and insert videos from YouTube.

*Please note: when inserting a restricted Google Drive link on a new line in the Content Editor, a preview box may appear that has been translated to German.

This is a known issue that can be resolved by adding extra text after you have inserted the link, or using a public Google Drive link.

File attachments, such as PDFs and other documents can be added using the Attach Files area, which displays beneath the content editor. A full list of supported file types is available.

Multiple files can be attached using this area, such as when submitting an assignment or replying to a discussion board post.

Additional useful features

Accessibility icon

An accessibility checker is built into the content editor, helping to ensure content is accessible.

Copy / Paste icon

Copy and pasting from Word into Blackboard is now easier, and you have the option to remove extraneous HTML, but keep the basic content and formatting.

Code snippet icon

Computer code snippets can be correctly formatted using the content editor. Supported languages include HTML, Python, Javascript & PHP.

Responsive design icon

The Content Editor is responsive and will fill the screen, and is better suited for smaller displays.

Find out more about the Blackboard Content Editor

Content Editor Known Issues

These issues have been reported to Blackboard and acknowledged as bugs to be fixed in the future. Please check back on this page for updates.

  • The default font size in the content editor is currently displaying as '14px', however when text is entered this will actually be formatted as font size 10. Staff and students wanting to use an alternative font size should select the appropriate size from the dropdown menu - e.g. 10pt, 12pt, 14pt etc.

  • Students using the Source Code button (<> icon) on the content editor to embed content (e.g. Google Maps) are not able to achieve this. When added, the content is replaced by a blank space.

  • When using screenreading software (JAWS for Windows) to insert a Kaltura video into a course, a bug is appearing that disrupts the workflow.

  • After creating a content item, clicking the Add Content menu and selecting Kaltura Media, the cursor's focus will not automatically switch to the Kaltura Media pop-up window that enables you to embed videos. You have to click with the mouse anywhere in the web browser window before you can then use the keyboard to navigate around the Kaltura Media window.