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Use Microsoft OneDrive

Last updated on October 19, 2021

OneDrive may be the least obvious solution but can be effective in providing your students with the materials they need to complete group activities. Due to its “shared” nature, your students can easily collaborate on documents, spreadsheets, or presentations within OneDrive.

Directions

Create a Shared Folder for Students to Access

  1. Go to Faculty and Staff Hub.
  2. Log into Office 365 Email and authenticate, if necessary.
  3. Click on the Application Icon on the top left part of your email (this looks like nine dots shaped into a square).
  4. Click on the menu item OneDrive (cloud icon).
    • Your OneDrive will now be open. Files that you have saved previously to the OneDrive will already be in there.
  5. Click New.
  6. Click Folder.
  7. Type the Name of the folder in correspondence with the Blackboard group you will share it with.
  8. Click Create.

You can now share this folder, continue to the section “Share a OneDrive Folder.” If you would like to add important assignment related files (i.e. instructions or a shared document for students to work on) to the folder before sharing it, continue to the section “Upload to OneDrive.” You can also add files by opening the folder and following the steps above and choosing another type of file for step 6.

Upload to OneDrive

  1. Go to Faculty and Staff Hub.
  2. Log into Office 365 Email and authenticate, if necessary.
  3. Click on the Application Icon on the top left part of your email (this looks like nine dots shaped into a square).
  4. Click on the menu item OneDrive (cloud icon).
    • Your OneDrive will now be open. Files that you have saved previously to the OneDrive will already be in there.
  5. Open the Group Folder you just created.
  6. Click Upload indicated by an icon that is an arrow pointing up to a line.
  7. Click Files.
  8. Select the File(s) you would like to upload.
  9. Click Open.

Share a OneDrive Folder

  1. Hover your mouse pointer Over the Folder you just created.
  2. Click the Share icon (this looks like an arrow coming out of a right angle) that appears to the right of the title. This will create a link that gives anyone with the link access to view the folder you uploaded.
  3. Ensure that Allow Editing is enabled so that students will be able to edit or add files to the folder.
  4. Copy the URL.
  5. Share the URL with the Blackboard group via the Email tool in the group on Blackboard (view the tutorial on creating Discussions in groups to see where this option is located).