What is the fate of Multiple File Upload for Bb Learn?
With NPAPI reaching end of life, when will a new elegant solution be made?
Great question! I too am hoping for a quick fix!
On 8/26/15, Blackboard released a support bulletin that said this:
Multi-file Course Files Upload Interface and Browsers Not Supporting NPAPI Plugins
Aug 26,2015 Product:Browsers_Learn; Version:X9_1
In September 2015, Google Chrome will stop supporting NPAPI plugins. This includes the use of Java in the web browser. Before this date,
it is possible to configure Chrome to allow this content; after this date, it will no longer be possible to use the multi-file drag-and-drop interface in Course Files or the Content Collection. The new Edge browser from Microsoft also does not support NPAPI plugins. Users wanting to access the multi-file upload interface should use a browser that supports NPAPI and a Java runtime environment. Blackboard will continue to support this interface, but only on supported web browsers that support NPAPI plugins. Chrome and Edge will continue to be supported browsers, but the multi-file upload interface in Course Files and the Content Collection will not be supported on these browsers. Institutions with a Content Management license that have enabled WebDAV support can alternatively use a WebDAV client for uploading multiple files into the Content Collection.
For more information about Chrome’s end of NPAPI support, see these links:
So, based on that statement, unfortunately I don't think they have plans to update this functionality so that it will work in Chrome.
There was an Open QA session today.
And this may be a viable workaround.
I just tried this, it's a few extra clicks, but it's not a bad way to go about it.
Which did you try, the zip upload, or the WebDAV solution?
We just tried the zip upload.
We couldn't be bothered by the WebDAV solution haha
Thanks for clarification - I am not a fan of WebDAV either.
Here's an excerpt from the document Sherman Lai references above:
Another possible workaround is to use the the Multiple File Upload feature with in the Content Collection. Simply ZIP the needed files and then use the Upload Zip Package or Download Package function. Enter the Course > Click on Content Collection > Click on Course folder > Click on Upload > Select the function to upload the Zipped folder.
Hi, Just a quick info : I've been told by Blackboard the Q2 2016 update will use Java 8 and that they're looking to re-implement drag & drop multiple file upload (but it's not in Q2 2016 yet, probably the next release end of 2016) .
If you're looking to upload multiple files not only in the Content collection but get course items created too, I'd advise you look into Document Unpackager (open source building block), I give a brief description here : Building blocks we installed and found useful
I hope this help .
PS : i know this post is old but for some reason it showed up in my community updates today, so I figured I'd give an answer for the sake of serendipity
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