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Academic Technology Launchpad: Videos and Media in Blackboard

Quick Guide to computer and academic technology resources for students.

Video and Media Content added to Blackboard Courses

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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