What kinds of files can I use for course content?

Instructors can upload a wide variety of document, image, and video file types to use for course content. Learners view the files inline; however, they can also download and/or print the files, if they have the appropriate permissions. For more information, contact your administrator.

To display documents inline, the Document Conversion Service converts documents uploaded to the Content tool into PDFs. The documents are converted during upload instead of during learner access, which reduces wait times when rendering the documents to learners. For best performance, D2L recommends uploading all non-HTML documents as PDF files, since PDF files do not go through the conversion process. When learners download documents, they are saved in their native file formats.

 

Extension

File Type

Notes

HTM, HTML, MHT, MHTML

Web document

Brightspace Learning Environment strips the <title> tag and text within the tag from user created web documents

RTF, PPT, PPS, PDF, DOC, DOCX, PPTX, XML, XLS, TXT, WPD, XLSX, XLS

Text document

When embedded in Content, PowerPoint presentations that contain animations do not play; however, downloading the PowerPoint presentations saves them in their native file format, allowing the animations to play

JPG, JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP, TIF, TIFF

Image

 

SWF, MPG, MPEG, RM, MP3, MP4, M4V, M4A, AVI, WAV, RAM, ASF, MOV, RA

Media

The extensions MP4, M4V, and M4A allow users to drag entire albums, video podcasts, and movies from iTunes