Bb Mailbag: Folders vs. Learning Modules


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Q:  What’s the difference between a folder and a learning module for organizing content?

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In Blackboard Ultra, there are two main organizational components: folders and learning modules. While they serve similar purposes in terms of organizing course content, there are some key differences between them.



Folders in Blackboard Ultra are used to organize and store various types of course materials such as documents, videos, images, or other files. They act as containers for these resources and can be created within the course content area. Folders allow you to categorize and arrange files based on topics, weeks, or any other organizational structure that suits your course design. Within a folder, you can have multiple files or subfolders to further organize content.

image of folder in Bb

Learning Modules

Learning modules, on the other hand, are a more comprehensive way to organize and present course content. They provide a structured learning experience guiding students through a specific topic or week of the course, presenting the content in a linear or sequential manner. This sequential presentation helps students navigate through the material and ensures they engage with the content in a particular order.

image of modules in Bb

Learn about how to create content in Blackboard:


New!  You can now add an image to a module.  Make sure to add alternative text if the image is not decorative.  This will allow screenreaders used by students with visual impairments to be able to read the description of the image to the student.


Read more about creating content on the Blackboard instructor online guide

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