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Upload / edit / update multiple files


1. Introduction

This guide shows you how to upload multiple files at once and deploy them to your modules quickly and easily. As the content remains in the content collection, it can be reused as needed. The process requires installation of Blackboard Drive.


2. What's Blackboard Drive and how do I get it?

Please view our installation guide.


3. Upload files

You can upload files to MyBeckett by opening the module folder in Blackboard Drive. Then drag and drop the file/s you want to upload. You need permissions to upload files to some folders. If you don’t have permission, Blackboard Drive will tell you.
 
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4. Edit Files

To edit MyBeckett files in Blackboard Drive, open the module folder and locate the file you want to edit. Open the file and make changes, then save the file and close it. Editing your file this way means the xID does not change. (More on xIDs shortly.)
 
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5. Update Files

To update a file stored on Blackboard Drive with a newer version of that file you've saved locally, drag and drop the new version into the same location as the old file and select the option to Copy and Replace.

Important: The file must have exactly the same name as the previous version.
 
Don't delete the old version from Blackboard Drive and upload the new one, as this will create a brand new xID for the file, meaning any URLs you've sent out (linking to the file) won't work.
 
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6. What's an xID?

When you upload a file to the content collection, it's assigned an xID (Permanent URL). You can use this to link to the content.


7. Web Folder URL and Permanent URL differences

The Permanent URL always stays the same as long as you follow the steps above to manage stored files.
 
The Web Folder URL is based on the file name. If you rename the file, that URL will change and any existing links to the file will no longer work.
 
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You can view these URLs in MyBeckett. Locate your file in the Content Collection, then click the arrow to the right of the file and click 360 View
 

8. Add files to a content area

If your files already exist in the Content Collection and you want to add them to a content area, please see our guide.


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