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KB-000125: Can I use Impatica for PowerPoint content with WebCT/BlackBoard? How do I upload my content to WebCT/BlackBoard?

Since WebCT was acquired by BlackBoard, WebCT will be used as a synonym for BlackBoard in this article. These instructions are for both WebCT and BlackBoard.

Because of WebCT's unique file upload feature, you cannot use Impatica's FTP feature with WebCT. Impatica files must therefore be uploaded in the same manner as normal web files. The difference in adding Impatica content is that each Impatica presentation requires, at minimum, 3 files.

Instructions for uploading Impatica files:

When impaticizing your PowerPoint file, ensure that you select to generate a "Zip package" from the "Output Files" tab within Impatica for PowerPoint. To achieve this:

  1. Add a file to the "Source PowerPoint Files" list.
  2. Select the "Output Files" tab.
  3. Within the "Generated Support Files" area, check the "Zip package" checkbox.
  4. Select the remaining translation settings that you require and click on the "Impaticize" button.

Once the conversion process is complete, the following files will be located in the chosen save location:

  1. filename-imp.html (this is the HTML file viewers will see, and is created by Impatica for PowerPoint to play the converted PowerPoint presentation).
  2. filename-imp.jar (this is the converted PowerPoint presentation).
  3. ImPlayer (version Number).jar or ImPlayerWithVideo (version Number).jar (these are the Impatica Players*).
  4. videofilename.imv (this is the converted video file contained in the presentation. There will be one .imv file for each video file contained in the presentation. Imv files will only be present if there were videos contained on the slides in the PowerPoint file).
  5. filename.zip (this is the zip archive that contains all of the required files for playback of your impaticized presentation).

*Only one copy of each Impatica player is needed. This means that if you have multiple Impatica files in the same directory, you only need one copy of each ImPlayer (version Number).jar file in that directory.

Connect to WebCT

1.       Begin by connecting to a WebCT course.

2.       Once connected, click the "File Manager” button in the “Designer Tools” section in the left-hand panel of the page.


3.       Navigate to or create the folder where you want to upload the Impatica content.

4.       Click the “Get Files” button.


Upload Files

5.       The “Get Files” page will open in a new page or tab.


6.       Click on the “My Computer” tab.

7.       Next, navigate to the original save location and choose the zip file for upload. Once the zip file has been located, select the file and then click the "Open" button in the “Open” dialog box. Alternatively, double-click the zip file.


Select File to Unzip

8.       Once the zip file has been uploaded to the WebCT file manager,



it can be unzipped to extract the folder containing the Impatica files.

9.       Following completion of the upload process, you will be presented with the contents of the upload location.

10.   Click on the “ActionLinks for this Item” button (the down arrows to the right of the file name) for the uploaded zip package.

11.   Select the "Extract" option.



Files in Destination Folder

12.   The folder and individual files will now be listed in your selected destination folder. You have successfully uploaded and unzipped your impaticized content. You are now ready to create a link to the impaticized content from within your WebCT course.





In order to access the uploaded Impatica HTML file, you can either A: Add a Learning Module (or use an existing Learning Module) to the Course Home Page OR B: Add a file link to the Course Home Page:

A: Add a Learning Module (or use an existing Learning Module)

13.   In order to provide access to the impaticized content contained in your WebCT file manager, you must provide an access point for your viewers. Here, you will create a Learning Module with a link to the previously uploaded HTML file for this purpose.

14.   In order to create a new Learning Module, click the "Learning Modules" button in the left-hand column.

15.   From within the learning modules pane, click the "Create Learning Module" button.

16.   In the resulting "Create Learning Module" page, complete the information as desired and click “Save”.

17.   You will now be on the “Learning Modules” page containing the list of existing learning modules; including the one that you just created.

Complete Information for New Learning Module

18.   From the “Learning Modules” page, click on the link for the new learning module that we just created.

19.   Click on the “Add File” followed by the “Browse for Files” button. 


20.  A new tab or window, containing the “Content Browser”, will open. Navigate to the location where you uploaded and unzipped the Impatica files and select the HTML file for inclusion in the “Learning Module” and click “OK”.

21.   The HTML file will now be listed under the learning module. Click on the arrow to the right of the file name that display the “ActionLinks for this item”. Select “Preview” from the list to ensure that the presentation plays back properly.



Student View Test

22.   Click on the “Student View” tab at the top of the page.

23.   Click on the “Learning Modules” course tool in the left-hand panel.

24.   The new impaticized presentation link now appears as the learning module link.

25.   View your newly created learning module to ensure that playback is as intended.




B: Add a file link to the Course Home Page

In order to provide access to the impaticized content contained in your WebCT file manager, you must provide an access point for your viewers. Here, you will create a link to the previously uploaded HTML file for this purpose.

14.  Click on the “Add File” followed by the “Browse for Files” button



15.  A new tab or window, containing the “Get Files” tool, will open. Navigate to the location where you uploaded and unzipped Impatica files exist, select the HTML file and click “OK”.




16. The HTML file will now be listed on the course Home Page. Click on the down arrow to the right of the file name; “ActionLinks for this item”. Select “Preview” from the list to ensure that the presentation plays back properly.



17. View your newly created file to ensure that playback is as intended.



Edit Imported Presentation

26.   Once the presentation has been imported into WebCT, it cannot be edited directly. To make changes to the presentation, edit the PowerPoint presentation on your local computer, then repeat the process for impaticization and upload as described in this tutorial.

Contact Impatica Customer Support if you have remaining questions:

support@impatica.com

800-548-3475 x: 238


Updated: August 31, 2009

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