Blackboard: Video Everywhere Tool

“Video Everywhere”

This new feature in Blackboard enables faculty (and students) to easily record and add video to many areas within a course space. This feature is useful in situations, particularly in online or hybrid courses, when more “presence” might be needed to explain a complicated idea or clarify assignment expectations.

The “everywhere” part of this feature’s name is not too much of an exaggeration! If you are using the Blackboard text editor, you can record a video using your device’s web cam. For example, video can be added to:

  • Content items
  • Discussion Board
  • Announcements
  • Journals
  • Blogs
  • Wikis

Students can also add video to the course in places where they have access to the Blackboard text editor, i.e., discussion board, journals, wikis, and blogs.

How It Works

Basically you record the video using a webcam, and the tool guides you to upload it to YouTube. You must have a YouTube account prior to uploading. Note: if you have a Google account, you can sign on using those credentials.

There are a few additional clicks needed prior to recording. Some you will only need to do once for every Blackboard session (and redo next time you log in), but you’ll be prompted for others every time you want to record. For example, for each Blackboard session, you must click on the “YouTube Terms of Service” before the record button appears.

Two ambiguous messages you will encounter before you can record:

“Allow s.ytimg.com to access your camera and microphone.”
“The website at bb.uvm.edu would like to use your webcam to upload to YouTube.”

After jumping through these small hoops (clicking “yes” or “OK”), you’ll be ready to record. When you are finished, uploading is straightforward. After you stop recording, choose whether to embed the video in the page or to have users open it in a new window, and then you are done.

Some Caveats

  • Smile BEFORE you click that “Ok to allow Blackboard to upload” because recording startsimmediately after you click!
  • Video files are stored on YouTube. By default, videos are recorded with the “unlisted” privacy setting. While this means that the video cannot be found by searching YouTube, it is still not a secure environment. Therefore, confidential conversations and information should not be shared via Blackboard Video Everywhere unless YouTube private settings are changed to “Private.”
  • Video files are not captioned automatically. While YouTube does have a transcription tool, it is not always accurate. If you have a student in your class with an approved ACCESS accommodation for captions, please check with the ACCESS office before using this tool (captioning@uvm.edu)
  • For step-by-step directions, including how to caption, see the Blackboard help page.
  • It may take you a couple times to get the hang of it, so start with some test videos and have fun with it!

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