They say…the more mouse clicks involved, the less likely the viewer will see it.
Instead of attaching a file in Blackboard, change it up a bit with an embedded file! I use http://embedit.in/ to embed my syllabus in Blackboard to give the students a scrollable zoomable visual of this important document. (Yes, I also attach a PDF file of the syllabus.)
- On the Embedit.in website, click the Select Files button and navigate to find your file. Embedit.in accepts all kinds of word processing, presentation, and picture formats, but I have had the best results with PDF files.
- Log in to Embedit.in with your credentials from an existing Google or Yahoo account.
- Make any changes (you can even add markup) and then copy the embed code. (FYI: this page is pictured below).
- In Blackboard, create a new item. Toggle HTML Source Mode and paste the code. Submit.
Scribd (http://www.scribd.com/) is another website you can use for this purpose, but I sometimes have trouble with it on my slow home internet connection. Posterous (this blog’s host) uses Scribd, so you have seen it in previous posts.