Adding Images to Your Blackboard Content, Tests, and Discussions

Adding Images to Your Blackboard Content, Tests, and Discussions

A couple of instructors have asked me how to embed images into their content, tests, and discussions. Fortunately, the process is quite easy. Also, the same process works for all these different content types. Let me show you how to add an image as well as resize an image.

Adding an Image

There are a couple of ways you can add images to Blackboard. You can add an image as a lone item or it can be added as part of other content.

Adding an Image as Content

To add an image as a single piece of content, do the following:

  1. Navigate to the point in your course where you want to place the image.
  2. Click on Build Content.
  3. Next, click on Image.Click the Image option under Build Content
  4. Select Image File
    1. Enter a Title, Alt Text, Long Description as appropriate.
    2. Click on the Browse My Computer button to locate the image you wish to share.Adding an image dialog box
  5. Update Image Options – You can provide a link to another webpage when students click on the image. Additionally, you can customize the image size. You will have to calculate the correct proportions.Update Image options
  6. The rest should be familiar to you. Click on the Submit button.

Adding an Image to an Item, Blank Page, Discussion Board, or Test

In this example, I will be using an item but the concept works for other places in Blackboard.

  1. Navigate to the point in your course where you want to place the image.
  2. Click on Build Content.
  3. Next, click on Item.Select an Item from the Build Content menu
  4. Enter a Title.
  5. Click in the text box.
  6. Click on the Insert Image/Edit Image button from the editing toolbar.Click on the Insert/Edit Image button
  7. A new window will appear to add the image. It has three tabs: General, Appearance, and Advanced.
    1. General Tab
      1. Click on the Browse My Computer button to locate your image.
      2. Enter Image Description (ALT Text).Browse to get image and add description
    2. Appearance Tab
      1. Set alignment.
      2. Change the image Dimensions.
      3. Make adjustments to spacing, borders, and style.Use the Appearance tab to edit dimensions and spacing
    3. Advanced Tab
      1. This is for specialized rollover images.
  8. When complete, click on the Insert button.
  9. You can add additional content to explain the image. When done, click on the Submit button.

Resizing an Image

When you upload your image, it may not appear at the size you want. You can make an image smaller but when you make it bigger, it will distort.

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Resizing an Image as Content

Here are the steps for resizing an image uploaded as content:

  1. Find your image and click on the Options button next to the image title.Click on the Edit options button
  2. Click on the Edit button.Click on the Edit button
  3. Scroll down to image options and click on the Custom radio button for Dimensions.
  4. Adjust the height and width. You will have to calculate the correct proportions.Update the height and width
  5. Click on the Submit button to update.

Resizing an Image That is Part of an Item, Blank Page, Discussion Board, or Test

  1. Find your image and click on the Options button next to the image title.
  2. Click on the Edit button.
  3. Right-click on the image and click on the Image option. Right-click on the image and select the Image optionYou can now edit your image by clicking on the Appearance tab and making adjustments to the dimensions.
  4. When done, click on the Update button to close the window and then the Submit button.

 

Stan Skrabut, Ed.D.

Stan is Director of Technology-Enhanced Instruction. He has over 20 years experience working as an instructional technologist and trainer. He has a master’s degree in computing technology in education and a doctorate in education specializing in instructional technology.

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