Using Video in Blackboard

Video and other multimedia, such as images and audio, are powerful ways to enhance your courses. However, delivering multimedia content via the Internet, such as in Blackboard, can be tricky. Most of these files are large, which can make them difficult for students who may have a slow or unreliable Internet connection. Fortunately, there are several tools in Blackboard that can make this easier.

YouTube Videos

If you are using a video that is already available on YouTube, whether it is a video you found or one you made and posted, you can use the Mashup tool to embed it directly in Blackboard. This allows students to play the video directly within Blackboard instead of clicking a link to watch the video within YouTube. Mashups can be created within a Content Area or anywhere the Text Editor is used, such as Announcements or Discussion Boards.

A video embedded onto the page using the Mashups tool

MEDIAL (formerly Helix Media Library) – Posting Videos You Create

If you have recorded a video and do not want to post it to YouTube, you can post it in MEDIAL, instead. MEDIAL allows you to post audio and video content in Blackboard but stores the files on a secure server and optimizes them for streaming and mobile use.

MEDIAL is available within the Mashups menu in the Text Editor. Students may also use HML to store and share video in Blackboard courses, such as on the Discussion Board or as an Assignment submission.

A video embedded into the text description using the Mashups button in the content editor

Other Online Video Sources – Embedding via HTML

If you want to use video from another source, such as Vimeo, you can post it in Blackboard by using a Web Link. However, you may be able to embed the video manually, using embed code.

On the video site, look for an icon or button to Share the video. If there is an embed option, follow these steps:

  1. On the video site, select and copy (Ctrl+C) all of the text within the Embed Code field
  2. In Blackboard, create an Item (or any other Blackboard tool that includes the standard Text Editor)
  3. Click the HTML button at the far right; this opens the HTML editor
  4. Paste (Ctrl+V) the embed code within the HTML window and click the Update button
  5. Click the Submit button

Your video should now be embedded. If this did not work, use the Web Link option instead to post a link to the video.

Last updated: 6/6/2017

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