I'm trying to link or attach a document to an assignment in BbLearn 9.1. The document is already uploaded into my course files. However, when I go to add an attachment (or create a link to the document in the visual editor), I do not get the button to "browse course files." I only get the "Browse My Computer" button. When I locate the file from my hard drive, it will attach, but a copy is not saved into my course files. Where is this attachment being saved, and why can't I attach something that's already in my course files?
All other types of content I create allow me to "browse course files" when I want to add an attachment or link to a document. Why not assignments?
I am experiencing similar issues. Please HELP!
Angela and Wendy,
This problem--no link to attach files from the course files to an assignment--is a known issue starting with Blackboard 9.1 Service Pack 1. It's been assigned the ID number AS-148518, and from what I can see in the Known Issues list for 9.1, it's supposed to be fixed in Service Pack 5, which is due out in April.
There isn't any workaround listed, but if you ask your system administrator to submit a ticket to Blackboard support and reference that ID number, support will be able to tell your admin if there's some kind of hotfix available.
I do not have a solution, but a workaround...
You will need to obtain the "Permanent URL" for the file you want to link to within your Course Files. To find this,:
1. Browse to the file you want to link to within your Course Files
2. Click the dropdown context menu and select 360 View. The 360 View of the file will give you several pieces of information, including a "Permanent URL."
3. Copy the Permanent URL to a safe place where you can find it.
Next, within your assignment you can create a link to this course file using the Hyperlink (globe icon) function in the Visual Editor.
1. First, type some text that will function as the link. For example: Click here to access such and such file.
2. Highlight this text, then click the Hyperlink icon.
3. Change the "Type" dropdown to HTTPS (the Permanent URL should always be an "https://" link)
4. Paste the Permanent URL into the URL Field
5. Type the Title or a name for the document. For example, "Week One, Assignment 1Instructions"
6. Check the "Open link in new window" box if you'd prefer the file download dialogue to open in a separate window and not navigate the students away from the Assignment page.
And that's about it! You can also include instructions to your students to use the Right-Click "Save As" method to save the files to their computers.
We are still on SP3 - going to upgrade to SP6 soon - can anyone who has already upgraded to SP5 or SP6 confirm/deny whether this has been fixed?
Working on our Test Server running 9.1 SP6, I am now able to attach a file located in the Course Files using the "Attach File" icon in the VTBE tool bar. I am still not able to browse my computer to attach a file....that seems to get uploaded someplace inaccessible ... so in SP6 the file needs be present in Course Files to be attached to an Assignment. Dan
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