Topic Overview

There are several ways to add a PowerPoint file to Blackboard.  This page will show you three options to share a PowerPoint to Blackboard.


  • Adding the PowerPoint as an attachment to an Item 

    This option is quick and easy but it requires the student to download the PowerPoint to their device to view it.

    In a Content area, select the Build Content Tab, then select Item from the Dropdown

    In the Item, add a Name (required) and it is suggested you add a description for what the PowerPoint is.

    Create Item PowerPoint

    In the Browse section, you can select Browse Content to look through folders and find your PowerPoint or you can drag the PowerPoint from your computer into the dashed line box. If you have uploaded to Blackboard's Content area, you can retrieve it from there or you can search your different Cloud storages to upload it (Box, Dropbox, One-drive, and Google Drive)

    Once the file has been uploaded and attached, you can rename the file for the students.

    You can change the availability of when students can see the Item in the Standards Options area if you want.

    Then select Submit

    Students will now see the Item with your description and file to download.

  • Embedding a PowerPoint into Blackboard

Log into your Microsoft Portal using your (Your_NetID) account.

You can either create your PowerPoint in your Onedrive or Upload it from your desktop.

Once you are ready to share your PowerPoint slides, go to  File - then Share

File Menu

Share Button

In the Share Menu, select Share

Share Option

In the Send Link Menu, select People you specify can dit

Send Link Menu

In the Link settings, choose People on Syracuse University with the link and then Can View under Other Settings. Then Apply.  

Link Settings

Go back to the In the Share menu, and select Embed this time.

Embed Option

In the Embed Screen, select Copy. This will copy the embed code for the Presentation.

Copy Embed

Go to your Blackboard class content area where you want to share the slide deck and select Build Content → Item.

Build Content Menu

In the Item screen, name your PowerPoint slideshow, then select the icon for source code <>.

Source Code button

In the Source Code window, paste your Code from PowerPoint, then select Save. 

Source Code Paste

Select Submit in the Item screen and you will see your embedded PowerPoint slides in Blackboard.

Embedded PowerPoint

Check out the steps to embed this into Blackboard (Start with step #3)

  • How to Export a PowerPoint as a Video 

*If you have a voice-over on slides or have inserted a video into a slide on PowerPoint, the best option for showing this to students is to export it as a video and Embed it into Blackboard.

Once you have all of your media set, you can go to File and then select Export.

In the Export Settings, Name the file and change its location to where you want the video to be saved. Under File Format, change it from PDF to MP4.

You will then see the default settings for your video, if you have any slides without audio or video attached, you can change the duration of that slide appearing in the video here.

 When your settings are the way you want them, select Export.

At the bottom of the PowerPoint screen, you will see your file exporting. (do not close PowerPoint).

Once it is ready, you can find it in your Folder.

You can now upload this to your Ensemble, Youtube, or Vimeo account to embed in Blackboard.

Sources and Relevant Links

Microsoft's tutorial to turn PowerPoints into Videos

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