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 several ways to add video to your course:
Brookens Library has many films freely available through film collections to which the campus subscribes. 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 available 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. Contact your Brookens Library Liaison for help teaching your students to use the WorldCat database to find films at their local library.
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. The Library of Congress created a National Screening Room collection of American films from 1890 to 1999.
To embed a video player from Ted.com or YouTube.com in your Blackboard course site:
- Copy the embed code from the video website.
- Go to your Canvas course.
- Edit the page in which you wish to add the video or create a new page.
- Below the rich content editor (text box), click on the HTML button — “<>” — to view the code.
- Paste the embed code you previously copied.
- Click Save or Save and Publish.
Please upload the video to Kaltura Media through Canvas. Learn more about Kaltura Media here.
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