We rely heavily on Reusable Objects at our institution. If you use ROs at yours, what is your process to link them from the Content Collection to your course and retain the ability to update them dynamically? Thanks!
As with any updateable content stored in the Content Collection, it's problematic.
You could just overwrite the Object with the updated Object (same folder, same name). However previous years' courses that link to that object are now no longer an accurate snapshot of how they were at the end of the course, potentially risky if you give students access to previous years' Blackboard courses.
The alternative is to upload the new Object alongside the old one with a different name (or in a different folder, maybe "V2_201708" or some such). But since this is the institutional Content Collection where everything is shared, how do you then convey the need to update their links to all those who are using the Object; do you even know who is using the Object?
In my opinion the resources most suited to the Content Collection are things like past exam papers or datasets that can never change.
Hope this helps
One of my favorite aspects of this community is seeing how different organizations conceptualize and respond to these types of challenges.
Unlike David Cheseldine I actually encourage our faculty to use the Content Collection tool specifically for things that do need to be updated on a regular basis. We follow the procedure as David described, but before we update a file we first save it with a new name that includes the date on which the file was "retired." So, if I was going to update a file in the Content Collection today, I would begin by renaming it as "filename8_10_17". Then, I would immediately rename it back to the original file name and make the changes in this version. This allows me to always keep each previous version of a file with a note of the timeframe in which it was active, but also to easily ensure that courses always are displaying the most recent version.
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