University of Rochester

Blackboard 9.1

Uploading and Downloading Multiple Files

Uploading Multiple Files

There are two ways to upload multiple files:

The Document Package tool will unzip the files directly in the content area you're in, making an item of each file.  You can then re-order them as necessary

The Upload Package tool from the Course Files folder will unzip the files into the Course Files folder.  You will then need to link them or attach them within the course framework, by creating an Item or File in the Build Content menu, or attaching to a forum post, or an assignment.

Document Package Upload

First, on your local computer, select the files you want to upload and zip them together into a zip archive.

In your course, enter the Content Area folder where you want to place the files.

From the Build Content menu, choose Document Package:

choose document package

On the next screen, navigate to your zip file and select it for upload

browse for zip file

Click Submit.

The files will be unzipped and appear as individual items in the Content Area.  You can rearrange the order as needed using the arrows to the left of each item

rearrange with arrows

Upload Package to Course Files

First, on your local computer, select the files you want to upload and zip them together into a zip archive.

From within your course, under Control Panel, expand the Content Collection and click on the first item, which is your Course ID

Open course files

This will open a screen to the Course Files for the current course.

From the Upload button, choose Upload Package

upload package

Browse for and select your zip file:

browse for zip file

The zip file will decompress and list the files in the Course Files folder.  

Tip: If you want to keep a set of files within a folder, first choose Create Folder, then enter that folder before using Upload Package.

files in Course Files folder

In order for any of these files to be accessible to students, you will add them as items or files to a Content Area, or attach them to an assignment or discussion post, or any tool that allows attachments.  When you attach the file you will Browse Content Collection instead of Browse Local Computer.

browse content collection

Downloading Multiple Files

You can easily download multiple files from the Course Files area. 

From within your course, under Control Panel, expand the Content Collection and click on the first item, which is your Course ID

Open course files

Tick the checkbox of the files you want to download and click Download Package

download package

The zip file will automatically download to your desktop or downloads folder, or wherever you have designated for downloaded files in your browser.