As of the December 2022 Blackboard Ultra release, instructors may add Course Links in Ultra. Course Links provide access to content without excessive scrolling and reduce clicking. This new feature allows instructors to:

  • Insert a link at the desired location on the Course Content page
  • Browse the elements of a course to select an item
  • Rename the link that will appear on the Course Content page
  • Move a link on the Course Content page independent of the target item

Course Link created on the Course Content page

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Add a Course Link:

  1. Select Create from the purple plus option on the Course Content page. Select the Link option from the Course Content Items section.
  2. Select the Create Course Link tab.
  3. Enter a keyword and/or select categories to locate the target content. Click search to view the search results.
  4. Select the desired content.
  5. Edit the Display Name as desired.
  6. Course links inherit the description of their targets, if one is included. Instructors may edit the description.Adding a new course link to an Ultra document
  7. Instructors can change the visibility and release conditions by editing the Course Link or the target content. A change made to one applies to the other. Instructors can use Batch Edit to modify linked items, but not associated Course Links.

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Linking Exceptions

There are exceptions for Course Links in the December 2022 release:

  • An instructor cannot create course links using the Content Editor.
  • An instructor cannot create Course Links for Folders, Learning Modules, Discussions, and Web Links.
  • Blackboard does not support Course Links with Learning Modules where force sequence is enabled. If a Course Link exists in a Learning Module, it will not be possible to enable forced sequence.

Copying Content

When a course is copied into a new course, Course Links are updated to link within the new course. There are exceptions:

  • In this release, instructors cannot copy Course Links for Documents and third-party content (LTI).
  • When copying or converting from an Original course, the copy process will exclude Course Links for Folders, Learning Modules, and Web Links.