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The addition of video and audio content to a course can generate discussion, demonstrate topics with real-world examples and provide an additional opportunity for retention and comprehension. Using multimedia items in a course enables students to reinforce, analyze and evaluate content and helps accommodate visual and oral learning styles.

Streaming multimedia can be placed directly into your Blackboard content area. You can upload content once to use in multiple courses. Kaltura — KU’s media streaming service — accepts most web-ready media formats.

For more information visit KU IT's Streaming Media and click on the Support tab or select from the following:


Add an Audio or Video Clip to a Content Area

  1. Access any content area, such as Course Documents or Assignments.
  2. Build Content, then Kaltura Media (last option under "Mashups"). This step-by-step assumes that you're adding a video file for the first time. If you have already uploaded your video clip to MediaHub/Kaltura in the past (in another course, for example), you can skip to step 10. Otherwise, continue to step 3.
  3. Click on Add New (upper right) and select Media Upload.
  4. Click the Choose a File to Upload button and select the video file from your computer.
  5. Click Open.
  6. Your video will begin uploading. You must remain on this page until the upload is complete.
  7. Edit the Title, Description and/or Tags. (Tip: Use a unique title or tag.)
  8. Click Save.
  9. Click Back to Browse and Embed.
  10. Find the media clip that you've uploaded. You can search by Title, Description or Tag. Click the Select button for that clip.
  11. Choose your display options (metadata and player skin) and click the Embed button.
  12. Give the content area item entry a Title and Description, and select your access options.
  13. Click Submit.
  14. Your media will begin transcoding/processing on the server. Depending on its length and size, it might take 2-20 minutes to be available for playback.

Add an Audio or Video Clip to Multiple Courses

  1. Follow the steps above to load the audio or video clip to a course’s content area.
  2. Go to an additional course where you’d also like to use that clip.
  3. Access the content area where you’d like to place the file, such as Course Documents or Assignments.
  4. Build Content, then Kaltura Media.
  5. With the My Media tab selected, find the media clip you've uploaded previously. You can search by Title, Description or Tag. Click the Select button for that clip.
  6. Choose your display options (metadata and player skin) and click the Embed button.
  7. Give the content area item entry a Title and Description, and select your access options.
  8. Click Submit.

You can do these steps for each course where you’d like your media upload to be added.


Use the Media Gallery to Share Audio and Video Content

Using the steps listed above, instructors can embed content directly in Blackboard Content Areas, just like any other file type. Additionally, each Blackboard course also has a Media Gallery. If you prefer, you could place all your course's audio and video content in this one location and direct students to the Media Gallery.

This is also where you can have students upload multimedia content/assignments which are visible to the instructor view. You can control whether other students can view the content in the Media Gallery.

How To Change Privacy Settings on the Media Gallery

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you want student submissions to be private (only instructors can access), you must change the Gallery settings. By default, all submissions can be viewed by anyone enrolled in the course.

  1. Go to Course Tools --> Media Gallery
  2. Click on the Actions button on the right, and select Edit.
  3. Click on the Moderate content checkbox.

How To Upload Audio and Video Files to Media Gallery

  1. Go to Course Tools --> Media Gallery
  2. Click on the blue Add Media button at the top right.
    1. If you have previously uploaded the content you'd like to share to MediaHub/Kaltura (in another course, or in a content area in this course), find the file in your My Media listing and select the checkbox next to it. Then click on the +Publish button to "publish" it to the Media Gallery.
    2. If this is a new upload, click Add New --> Media Upload at the top. Click the Choose a File to Upload button and select the video file from your computer. Click Open. Your video will begin uploading. (You must remain on this page until the upload is complete.) Edit the Title, Description and/or Tags. (Tip: Use a unique title or tag.) Click Save. Click Go To Media Gallery.

Students can use these same steps above to submit audio/video content/assignments to instructors. Below are the steps for instructors to moderate student-submitted content.

How To Moderate Student-Uploaded Audio and Video Files to Media Gallery

  1. Go to Course Tools --> Media Gallery.
  2. Click on Browse Pending. This tab will only appear if there are pending (student) uploads waiting for approval to be published to the Media Gallery.
    1. You will see the list of uploaded media. To view, click on the title of each video. If you'd like to have the video remain private (only you and student can see their upload), you can view here. You can also Comment on the video - only the student who uploaded and course instructors will see the video and comment.
    2. If you'd like to share the student upload with the Media Gallery (all enrolled course participants can view), click on the Approve button.
    3. Instructors can also Reject student uploaded content - rejected content will not be deleted from the student's My Media, but will not display in the course's Media Gallery.

Add a Button to get to the Media Gallery from the Course Menu

For convenience, most instructors who use the Media Gallery prefer to place a button in their course menu which will send students directly to the Media Gallery.

  1. Hover over the + sign above your Course Menu.
  2. Select Tool Link.
  3. Give your new menu button a name ("Media Gallery," "Course Videos," etc.)
  4. From the Type drop-down, select Media Gallery.
  5. Click the Available to Users if you'd like students to be able to see the new button.
  6. Click Submit
  7. If you'd like to change the order of the course menu buttons, hover over them and click and drag (up and down) using the up/down arrow keys on the left of the button.

Add an Audio or Video Clip (Students)

Students also have the ability to share audio or video content in Blackboard via the Kaltura Media Mashup tool. Students can access this feature anywhere they have access to write content via the text editor, such as Assignments and Discussion Board forums. This is a good option to use if students are required to complete an audio or video assignment for a course. 

Add an Audio or Video Clip to an Assignment

  1. Access the Assignment in Blackboard.
  2. Click Write Submission.
  3. Click in the text box and enter any necessary text first. 
  4. In the text editor menu, select Mashups, then Kaltura Media
  5. Click on Add New (upper right) and select Media Upload.
  6. Click the Choose a File to Upload button and select the video file from your computer.
  7. Click Open.
  8. Your video will begin uploading. You must remain on this page until the upload is complete.
  9. Edit the Title, Description and/or Tags. (Tip: Use a unique title or tag.)
  10. Click Save.
  11. Click Back to Browse and Embed.
  12. Find the media clip that you've uploaded. You can search by Title, Description or Tag. Click the Select button for that clip.
  13. Choose your display options (metadata and player skin) and click the Embed button.
  14. Your video will appear within the text editor. 
  15. Scroll down and click Submit to submit your assignment. 
  16. Your media will begin transcoding/processing on the server. Depending on its length and size, it might take 2-20 minutes to be available for playback.

Add an Audio or Video Clip to a Discussion Board Forum

  1. Access the Discussion Board forum in Blackboard.
  2. Click Create Thread. 
  3. Enter a Subject for the thread.
  4. Click in the text box and enter any necessary text first.  
  5. In the text editor menu, select Mashups, then Kaltura Media
  6. Click on Add New (upper right) and select Media Upload.
  7. Click the Choose a File to Upload button and select the video file from your computer.
  8. Click Open.
  9. Your video will begin uploading. You must remain on this page until the upload is complete.
  10. Edit the Title, Description and/or Tags. (Tip: Use a unique title or tag.)
  11. Click Save.
  12. Click Back to Browse and Embed.
  13. Find the media clip that you've uploaded. You can search by Title, Description or Tag. Click the Select button for that clip.
  14. Choose your display options (metadata and player skin) and click the Embed button.
  15. Your video will appear within the text editor. 
  16. Scroll down and click Submit to submit the post. 
  17. Your media will begin transcoding/processing on the server. Depending on its length and size, it might take 2-20 minutes to be available for playback.

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