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Recommendations for sharing Bb Module Content with students in China

Some students based in China may have difficulty accessing module content (PPT, Word docs) uploaded to Blackboard.  China-based students have reported that OneDrive (part of O365) may be a better solution.

This guide details how to setup a One Drive folder for your module.

Step 1

  1. Go to and log in
  2. Click on the OneDrive icon
A screenshot showing how to login to 365 Office from the University of Lincoln (

Step 2

  1. Create a parent folder called ‘20/21’ by clicking ‘New’ and ‘Folder’.
  2. Within there, create a child folder and title it in this format: module code – module name (e.g. MGT3254M-2021 – Management)
A screenshot showing how to click 'New' and 'Create Folder' to make a new folder on OneDrive.

Step 3

  1. Click the ‘Share’ option and choose ‘People in the University of Lincoln with the link’ and do not tick ‘Allow Editing’.
  2. Click Apply
A screenshot showing the 'Link Settings' for any uploaded content on OneDrive. The image shows that you should share the content only to 'People in University of Lincoln with the link'.
  1. On the next screen, click Copy Link
A screenshot showing the 'Send Link' option on OneDrive from where you can add the email address of the person at the University you wish to share with.

Step 4

  1. On your Blackboard module site, go to the Module Content section and add a ‘Web link’.
A screenshot showing how you can add a 'Web Link' within a a content area on Blackboard from the 'Build Content' menu.
  1. Name the web link ‘Module Content – China-based students’ and paste in the URL
A screenshot showing the 'Create Web Link' option in Blackboard where you can add a name for your link and the URL.
  1. Click ‘Submit’
  2. Move the Web Link to the very top of the page by dragging it up.

Step 5

  1. Go back to One Drive.
  2. Create weekly folders (e.g. Week 1, Week 2) using the folder creation process detailed in Step 2.
  3. Upload your materials using drag-and-drop.