There are two main methods for uploading documents to Blackboard - “Files” and “Items”. The main difference between Files and Items is how each displays the content to students.

  • Files allow you to upload a single document to Blackboard relatively quickly. Students will generally only see the name you have entered for the document, for example:


  • Items allow you to attach multiple documents to the same item in Blackboard and to add additional descriptive information. Students can see the attached files and the description that you have added, for example:


It is recommended, for most cases, to upload content as Items as this gives the student additional information about the content before they click on it.