Difference between Files and Items
To upload a file to Blackboard, use the Build Content pull-down menu at the top of a content section page. You’ll notice two possible options: Item and File. What's the difference?
The File option allows you to find/attach the file; provide a name and have the option to display without opening a new window. However, it does not provide any additional information to the student such as the type of file or any instructions
Item allows additional information to be posted such as “Name”; any description or instructions to the student; as well as attaching the file itself. It also provides the opportunity to add information or instructions that will assist the student as well as the type of file that is attached