Linking and Embedding in Blackboard (steps for Faculty)

In Blackboard Original and Ultra courses, there are two primary ways to publish media from the My Media library to your course: by creating a link in the content area or by creating a playable thumbnail in any item with a rich text editor (e.g. Discussion Forum/Thread, Assignment, Item, Quiz Question, etc.).

Blackboard Original

Blackboard Original Option 1: Course Build Menu

This is the simplest way to display your media in the course. This process creates a link in the course that students will click to access the media.

  1. After having created your media, navigate to the place in your course where you want to insert a link to the media. Be sure you are in Edit Mode.
  2. From the Course Build menu at the top, choose Build Content then Kaltura Video.
  3. This will display your My Media content, click the blue Embed button for the media you want to embed in the course.
  4. This will create a direct link to your content in the course. You may edit this item to modify the title if you like.

Blackboard Original Option 2: Playable Thumbnail via the Add Content Button

You can insert a playable thumbnail embed of your media in any rich text editing window in the course that has the Add Content + button (e.g. Discussion Forum/Thread, Assignment, Item, Quiz Question, etc.). These instructions refer to an Item, but the instructions are essentially the same for Assignments, Discussion Forums, etc.

  1. After having created your media, navigate to the place in your course where you want to insert an item that contains a playable thumbnail embed of the media from your My Media library.
  2. Click Build Content, then Item.
  3. Edit the title for your item and then click the Add Content + button in the bottom row of the text editing tool panel, choose Kaltura MediaIf you do not see the Add Content + button, you may need to click the ellipsis [...] to display the full tool list.
  4. This will display your My Media content, click the blue Embed button for the media you want to embed in the text window.
  5. This will create a playable thumbnail embed of the media in the item.
  6. You may see a second, smaller thumbnail and a table of video properties below your video.  This will not be displayed once you submit the item.
  7. Finish editing the item and click Submit.

Blackboard Ultra

Blackboard Ultra Option 1: Create Button

This is the simplest way to display your media in the course. This process creates a link in the course that students will click to see your media.

  1. After having created your media, navigate to the place in your course, and hover your mouse where you want to insert a link to the media.
  2. Click the + icon and choose Content Market then Kaltura Video.
  3. This will display your My Media content, click the blue Embed button for the media you want to embed in the course.
  4. This will create a direct link to your content in the course. You may edit this item to modify the title if you like.

Blackboard Ultra Option 2: Playable Thumbnail via the Add Content Button

You can insert a playable thumbnail embed of your media in any text window that has an Insert Content + button including Document, Discussion Thread, Assignment, Quiz Question, and Ultra Document in the course. These instructions describe creating a new Bb Ultra Document, however, you could also edit an existing Bb Ultra Document or other types of Blackboard items and follow the same steps.

  1. After having created your media, navigate to the place in your course where you want to insert a document that contains a playable thumbnail embed of your media from your My Media library.
  2. Click the + icon and choose Create and Document.
  3. Edit the title of your Document and then click the Add Content button (or the + button on an existing document).
  4. In the Document editing window, choose the + button at the far right (Insert Content).
  5. Click Insert/Edit LTI Item.
  6. Click Kaltura Video.
  7. This will display your My Media content, click the blue "Embed" button for the media you want to embed in the text window. Edit the title if desired in the title panel that appears.
  8. This will create a playable thumbnail embed of the media in the document. Finish editing the Document and click Save.

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