Uploading files to OneDrive and submitting a link to a Blackboard Assignment

You can submit files up to 600MB in size directly to Blackboard, but if you need to submit very large files such as video, audio or multiple project files, you can use Microsoft OneDrive to securely store and share the files.

Instead of submitting a file to a Blackboard assignment like you normally would, you submit the link to the file(s) on OneDrive instead. You have 1TB (1024GB) of storage space on OneDrive and it can be used on a computer or a mobile device such as an iPad.

View the guide for:

OneDrive on a computer

OneDrive on an iPad

On a computer…

  1. Go to https://onedrive.live.com and click on the Sign in link.
  2. Enter your Teesside University email address, making sure to include @live.tees.ac.uk and then click Next. You’ll be taken to the Teesside University log in page, enter your password and click Sign in.
  3. You’ll now see your empty OneDrive space, you can create folders to organise your files and you can share them with others, including students that you might be doing work with. If you wanted to work together editing a document you could send them a link to it and both work on it at the same time!

The first thing we’ll do is make a new folder to store our Shared Files in, it’s an easy way to keep track of the files that you’ve submitted to Blackboard as links. Remember that once you’ve submitted a file to Blackboard as a link you should not delete it from your OneDrive. If you delete the file the link will no longer work and your lecturer will not be able to access the file.

  1. Click on New in the toolbar and choose Folder. Enter a name for the folder such as Shared Files and click Create. Your Shared Files folder will now be displayed on the page, click on it to go inside the folder.
  2. Click Upload in the toolbar and choose Files. You can also upload a whole folder if you prefer, to do that click Folder.
  3. Choose the file(s) or folder that you would like to upload. You can check on the progress of your upload by clicking on Uploading in the toolbar which appears when files are uploading. Once your file(s) have uploaded you’ll see them listed on the page.
  4. Select the file or folder that you would like to share by clicking on the circle icon that appears when you move your mouse over the file or folder name and then go to Share on the toolbar. You can submit multiple links to individual files but if you want to submit multiple files it’s better to put them inside a folder and share the folder.
  5. Before we do anything else, we need to change the settings on the file(s) or folder we’re sharing so that no one else can edit or make changes to it. Click on the text “People in Teesside University with the link can edit” and then under Other settings untick Allow editing. Don’t change anything else on this page, click Apply and then click Copy Link.
  6. The link to the file(s) or folders you’ve shared will now be copied to the clipboard on your computer.
  7. Now you’ve got the link to the file(s) or folder that you want to submit to Blackboard, go to https://eat.tees.ac.uk, log in to Blackboard and go to the Assignment you want to submit the link to.
  8. On the Assignment Submission page click on the Write Submission button. Paste the link that you copied in Step 9 into the text box and click Submit to submit your link. You can submit multiple links at the same time so if you need to, go back to OneDrive and create sharing links for each file or folder you would like to share and add them to the text box before you click Submit.
  9. Your link(s) will be submitted and you will receive an email submission receipt.

On an iPad…

  1. If you’re using an iPad supplied by the University the OneDrive app should already be installed. If it isn’t installed you can download it from the Self Service app on a University iPad or from the Apple App Store.
  2. Tap on the OneDrive icon. Enter your Teesside University email address, making sure to include @live.tees.ac.uk and then tap the > arrow. You’ll be taken to the Teesside University log in page, enter your password and tap Sign in.
  3. You’ll now see your empty OneDrive space, you can create folders to organise your files and you can share them with others, including students that you might be doing work with. If you wanted to work together editing a document you could send them a link to it and both work on it at the same time!

The first thing we’ll do is make a new folder to store our Shared Files in, it’s an easy way to keep track of the files that you’ve submitted to Blackboard as links. Remember that once you’ve submitted a file to Blackboard as a link you should not delete it from your OneDrive. If you delete the file the link will no longer work and your lecturer will not be able to access the file.

  1. Tap the + icon in the top right corner. From the menu that appears tap Create a folder. Enter a name for the folder such as Shared Files and tap Create. You’ll now be inside the Shared Files folder.
  2. Tap the + icon in the top right corner. From the menu that appears tap Upload. If you want to upload an image or a video that is already in your iPad’s Photos library tap Photos and Video and choose the file you want to upload. For any other type of file tap Browse.
  3. Tap the Browse icon at the bottom of the screen twice, or if you know the name if the file you want to upload use the Search box.
  4. From the list of locations choose where the file you want to upload is currently saved. This is normally On My iPad, but you might have saved the file somewhere else, so try looking in different places if you can’t find it On My iPad.

  5. Tap on the file that you want to upload.
  6. The file will then be uploaded to the Shared Files folder.
  7. Tap on the 3 dots to the right of the file or folder you would like to share and from the menu that appears tap Share.
  8. Before we do anything else, we need to change the settings on the file or folder that we’re sharing so that no one else can edit or make changes to it. Tap on the text “People in Teesside University with the link can edit” and then under Other settings uncheck Allow editing. Don’t change anything else on this page, tap Apply and then tap Copy Link.

  9. The link to the file or folder you’ve shared will now be copied to the clipboard on your device.
  10. Now you’ve got the link to the file or folder that you want to submit, open the Blackboard app on your iPad and go to the Assignment you want to submit the link to. If you don’t have the Blackboard app installed you can install it from the Self Service app on a University device or the Apple App Store. Tap the Start Attempt button for the Assignment.
  11. Tap the Add Content button and then Add text.
  12. In the text box at the bottom of the screen paste the link you copied earlier. You can tap and hold with a finger on the text box and then tap Paste or you can tap the Paste icon on the on screen keyboard. Tap Done.
  13. Your link should now be listed under Your Additional Content. Tap Submit to submit the Assignment.