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Academic Technology Launchpad: Videos and Media in Blackboard

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Video and Media Content in Blackboard

Instructors may add different types of video or media content to enhance their Blackboard courses. Here's a few suggestions and resources for getting started:

  • Our college on-campus computers should be already set up to play back most types of video and media.
  • If you are using a personal computer, depending on the type of content, you may need to add a plug-in, player or adjust your settings in order to view the content.
  • Some types of media have specific technical requirements and may play better in one browser than another. Some media will not play on tablets or mobile devices.
  • Recent updates to browsers such as Chrome may block some media types from playing. It's a good idea to have a couple browsers available on your computer. 
  • Some embedded media content displays right in the Blackboard page - the video or audio player appears directly on the page.
  • Sometimes there's a link to media content and the link will direct you to another webpage. Links may open in a new window, so make sure you allow pop-ups when using Blackboard.
  • You'll want to have a good internet connection to view online videos and media. Media files can be quite large and even with a good connection it may take a while for a video to download to your computer and start playing.
  • Be sure to follow any instructions from your instructor.

Working on a multimedia assignment such as creating a video or powerpoint for a class assignment? Learn how the libraries can help you get started:

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