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Blackboard: Create a shareable link to your Blackboard course

Staff Guide: you can create a “deep link” URL to your course (or a content item) so that anyone enrolled on the course can follow the link directly even if they are not logged into Blackboard.

This guide will show you how to:

  1. Correctly copy a link to the course or content item.
  2. Use the Soton URL shortening service to create a “deep link” into your Blackboard course. This will work regardless of whether the person who follows the link is logged into Blackboard or not.
  3. Share the link following good accessibility practice.

Follow the instructions below carefully if you are copying a link to a menu item or piece of content from your course. You will need to open your course in a new Tab to reveal the unique URL link of each item.

You can choose any point in your course to link to.

  • Go to the Blackboard course.
  • Copy the URL address of the course page. Right-click (Shift-F10) inside the address bar and select copy.
  • Go to the Blackboard course.
  • Turn Editing mode to OFF (top right of the page) so you don’t copy an “edit” link.
The Edit Mode option is located on the top menu bar of the course.
  • Right-click (Shift-F10) the course title – located above the course menu.
  • Select Open link in a new TAB. This will open the course outside of the Blackboard Ultra Frame and reveal the unique URL address of the page. View the course in this new tab.
  • Right-click (Shift-F10) the title of any menu item, folder or content item that you want to link to and select Copy link (the exact wording will depend on the Browser you are using). You can also select the item and copy the URL address from the address bar of the page.
  • Convert this link to a shortened deep link.

Courses Users will be taken to your course ONLY if they follow this link – they will not be able to access the rest of Blackboard. As an alternative, you can use the Course Link option in an Announcement to link a content item to an Announcement.

You can share this link with course users – for example via an Announcement, email or Teams.

For good accessibility, embed the link in text that can be read out by a screenreader, rather than just pasting the ULR. Highlight some descriptive text and then select add link from the text editor menu.

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