Adding Video to your Blackboard Course

About Video Accessibility

Make sure your teaching materials and activities are accessible by all students. Please refer to the following resources.

Teaching for Diverse Abilities and Learning Styles

Captioning Video for Universal Access

Accessibility Tips

Getting Started With . . . Creating Accessible Course Content (PDF from Blackboard)

There are several ways to add video content to your Blackboard Course or Organization.

A. NOT RECOMMENDED: Upload a video file directly into your course.

B. Add a Weblink to access a video that is elsewhere on the web.

C. Add a Mashup to embed a YouTube video.

D. Upload video file to ISU’s Streaming Media Server and add a Weblink to the file.

E. Connect to a Panopto classroom recording.

F. Use an alternate video hosting service.

NOTE: Some departments or colleges host classroom recordings and other videos on their own servers. Check with them for recommendations.

A. NOT RECOMMENDED: Upload a video file directly into your course.

This is not recommended. Only use this if you are pressed for time and it is a very short video clip with a relatively small file size (less than about 5MB). Otherwise, there are better options.

Disadvantages:

  • Users may need to download a plugin, such as QuickTime, Windows Media Player, or RealPlayer.
  • Playback/downloading video files from the BbLearn servers is generally slow.
  • Playback is not optimized for simultaneous access by multiple users.
  • Large file sizes bog down other course functions such as the creation of backups and copying a course from one semester to the next.

B. Add a Weblink to access a video that is elsewhere on the web.

If the video is out there, just add a Weblink.

How to Create a Web Link (at Blackboard Help > Creating Content in a Course Area).

Adding a URL to Your Course (Video Overview at Blackboard On Demand Learning Center).

C. Add a YouTube video.

Blackboard’s Mashup tools lets you search for existing YouTube videos and embed them directly into your course. If the content is not already on YouTube, it is easy for you to create an account and control access to the files you upload.

How to Create Mashups (at Blackboard Help > Creating Content in a Course Area).

Adding a Mashup to Your Course (Video Overview at Blackboard On Demand Learning Center).

Advantages:

  • Since no additional plugins are needed, this is the most versatile option for providing video content within your course.
  • You can create video captioning with tools provided by YouTube.

D. Upload video file to ISU’s Streaming Media Server and add a Weblink to the file.

If your can’t or don’t want to use YouTube, ISU Information Technology’s Streaming Media Server is recommended for video file sizes greater than a couple of MB. Faculty and staff at ISU can upload video files to the streaming server. Once the file is on the streaming server, you can simply provide a Weblink (see item B, above) within your Blackboard course.

Advantages:

  • Compared to a file that has been uploaded directly into Blackboard, a video that is hosted on the streaming server loads much faster and plays with less time wasted waiting for it to buffer.
  • Multiple users can simultaneously access the video without reducing performance.

Disadvantage:

  • Users may need to download a plugin, such as QuickTime, Windows Media Player, or RealPlayer.

E. Connect to a Panopto classroom recording.

Panopto is the centrally-supported classroom capture system at Iowa State that allows instructors to record lectures or presentations and make them available to students.

F. Use an alternate video hosting service.

Upload videos to a departmental or college server and link to the files from within your Blackboard course.

Vimeo allows you to host videos that you created yourself.

TeacherTube is similar to YouTube for instructional videos. Be prepared to deal with more advertising.