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Include Video in an Online Course

Videos can enhance your course by offering examples, explanations of concepts, and can be a visual for your students to refer to when learning new content.

There are three ways to add video to your course:

  1. Hollywood movies or documentaries (copyrighted)
  2. Free videos from the Web
  3. Create your own video

1. Hollywood movies or documentaries (copyrighted)

Brookens Library has many films freely available through film collections to which the campus subscribes, including American History in Video and Theatre in Video. If you find a video you would like to include, contact the library for help linking to it in your Blackboard site.

If the film you wish to show is not avialabe in these collections, it may be available in the library’s film collection or available for purchase. The library can work with you to find obtain copyright clearance for the film.

You can also request that your students find a film at a local library or video store.

2. Free videos from the Web

YouTube and Ted.com are just two of many great sites for free video on the Web. The embed codes provided by sites like these make it easy to add the videos to Blackboard.

To embed a video player from Ted.com or YouTube.com in your Blackboard course site:

  1. Copy the embed code from the video website.
  2. Go to your Blackboard course.
  3. In the upper right corner of your Blackboard site, make sure Edit Mode is ON.
  4. Click on the content area in which you would like the video to appear (for example, Course Materials or Course Information).
  5. Click on Create Item.
  6. Enter the title of your video next to Name.
  7. In the Text box that appears on the screen, click on the <> button to view the HTML code.
    HTML view of Blackboard Text Box
  8. Paste the embed code you previously copied.
  9. Click Submit.

3. Create your own video

Check out a digital video camera from ITS or record your screen using Camtasia Relay. Once you have created your video, you need to put up for your students to see it.

Please do not upload video to Blackboard. It slows down Blackboard and doesn’t give your students a good viewing experience. Students will have to download the entire video file before they are able to play it.

COLRS and ITS can help you to choose the best location for your video depending on the type of file you used (eDocs or a Media Server). Please contact us for help.

Hints about videos in online courses

  • Remember that large files can take a long time to download if a student has dial up internet service. Please be careful not to upload videos directly into your Blackboard course. Always link from an outside source as stated above.
  • Videos should supplement content. Use videos to explain text book content more in depth, create examples of concepts, and extend the learning environment with outside curriculum resources.
  • Other purposes for video in your course might be:
    • Introduce yourself to students
    • Student presentations
    • Specific examples of past projects
    • Feedback on assignments
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