Before you begin
Instructors will see an option to Select PDF from Blackboard when creating a Hypothesis reading assignment only if Blackboard administrator in your institution has followed the directions in this article.
If this option is not visible, please fill out a support ticket here and we will work with your Blackboard administrator to enable.
Important note: Hypothesis’ Blackboard Files integration works with PDFs stored in Blackboard’s “Content Collection” within your course. Some institutions may have a different name for the Content Collection. Depending on how your Blackboard environment has been configured, there may be several ways to upload and manage Content Collection files; this article is our recommended workflow.
Unsure if you have Blackboard Ultra or Learn? Please see this Blackboard help article.
Create and configure a course content folder for Hypothesis
If you have already followed the steps below to create and configure a Hypothesis folder for your course, you may skip to the section titled Upload PDFs to the Hypothesis course content folder.
1. Create new content folder for Hypothesis
In the Blackboard sidebar, under Course Management locate and expand Content Collection and click on your course name.
In the Course Content window, click the button to Create Folder and give name the folder an appropriate name such as “Hypothesis Files”.
Click the Submit button to create the folder.
From the Blackboard sidebar select Tools, and click on the Content Collection pane.
Then, from the list of all your course folders, locate the current course you are working in and click on its name.
In the Course Content window for your current course, click the button to Create Folder and give the folder an appropriate name such as “Hypothesis Files”.
Click the Submit button to create the new folder.
2. Set permissions on the folder to allow students to view PDFs
By default, Blackboard does not allow students to view files uploaded to the course content collection. We will need to manually set the appropriate permissions on the new Hypothesis Files folder to allow access.
In the listing for the new Hypothesis Files folder, locate and click on the icon in the permissions column.
You will see a list displayed of the existing permissions for the folder. Click the menu item Select Roles then select Institutional Roles from the drop-down.
Under Select Roles:
- Locate Student in the role list on the left-side pane, and
- Click the right arrow button to move Student over to the right-side pane
Under Set Permissions, make sure Read permission is checked.
Click the Submit button to save.
Confirm that you now see the Student role listed with Read permissions checked.