Media

Media








Adding Media to Your Course
Images, videos and mashups (combining content from two or more sources – photos,
videos, news, etc.) can be added to Blackboard assignments, assessments, interactive tools
such as discussion boards and blogs or as separate content items.

Considerations
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Accuracy/reliability of the source you are using
Number, size and quality of images used
Copyright

How to Create a Mashup Item
1. Begin with the Edit Mode ON.

2. In the content area select Build Content then select a mashup type. Blackboard
supports the following mashups
 Flickr: a site for viewing and sharing photographic images.
 Slideshare: a site for viewing and sharing PowerPoint presentations, Word
documents, or Adobe PDF Portfolios.
 YouTube: a site for viewing and sharing online videos.
 xpLor Content allows the instructor to share content across multiple learning
management system platforms

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The remaining steps are similar for all types of mashups. The example shown is for posting
You Tube Videos. NOTE: The You Tube mashup currently does not work. Until Blackboard
fixes the issue the workaround is to post the URL and your own description.
3. Search for and preview potential content

4. Click Select when you have found an appropriate item

5. Change the Name of the item.
6. Type a Description of the Mashup.

7. Set the Mashup Options - View
 Embed: The Mashup displays directly on the page when a student opens the
item.

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Thumbnail View with Player: A small picture of the Mashup displays on the
page with controls to launch it.
 Text Link with Player: A link to the Mashup is displayed on the page. Students
click the link to launch the Mashup.
8. Show URL
9. Show Information

10. Attach additional content items to the Mashup by clicking Browse My Computer or
Browse Course Files. For example, you may want to include a link to a newspaper
article to accompany your video on a particular subject.

11. Select (Standard) Options
a. Click Yes to Permit Users to View this Content.
b. Click Yes to Track Number of Views.
c. Use the Display After and Display Until date and time fields to restrict the
availability of the Mashup..

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13. Click Preview to examine the Mashup.
14. Click Submit.

How a Mashup Looks in the Content Area
Example You Tube Video – Thumbnail

Example You Tube Video – Embedded Video

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Example You Tube Video – Text Link with Player

Adding Media to an Assessment Question
1.

On the toolbar in the Question Text of an assessment you will see links to add media,
video or mashups.
a. Click the chevron symbol if all of the toolbar is not visible)

b. Click the appropriate media link. The steps to add Mashups will be similar to
those outlined above. This example shows how to add an image to an
assessment question.

15. Click Browse My Computer for images you have saved to a file for use in your course

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16. Select an image and click Open. A URL will be created for the image in your course.

17. Insert an Image Name and Image Description. Appearance and Advanced tabs allow
you to enter size and alt text information.
18. Click Insert

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How an Image Looks in an Assessment

Adding Media Elsewhere
The same toolbar can be found when creating an item or interactive tool. This example
shows how to add an image as a content item. Add media as directed above.

How an Image Looks in the Content Area

Additional Resources: Blackboard Help https://help.blackboard.com

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