Video Everywhere

Ever wish you could assign your students to leave a video recording of themselves presenting something, right into a discussion board post in Blackboard? Ever have a need to quickly record feedback for a student, so that they can review your comments when looking at their grade?

Blackboard has a way.

Starting with version 9.1 Service Pack 10, a new tool is available which can meet that need. Called, variously, either “Video Everywhere” or “Record from Webcam”,┬áthis simple tool leverages the YouTube service to not just allow playback of video (as the YouTube mashup component does), but also allows users in Blackboard to record new video footage into their YouTube accounts and immediately post the recording in the Blackboard content editor screen.

At the moment we only have this tool available on the Palomar Blackboard Sandbox environment, but beginning in early January this tool will be available on our production Blackboard system as well. There is a “Getting Started With Video Everywhere” document available from Blackboard, from among the other resources available on their “On Demand” site. Blackboard has also put together a video to explain how the Video Everywhere tool might be used:

I’ve also prepared a video demonstrating how someone would record and post a video using that tool. The Blackboard documentation does give some caveats about how Internet Explorer and Chrome browsers might need their settings changed, but I didn’t need to make such changes on my own system when using the Record from Webcam tool.

Submitted for your approval: Video Everywhere.

3 thoughts on “Video Everywhere

  1. David, although I do have a YouTube account, I have never uploaded any of my videos there. If I do record a video like you did here, does that automatically make my video for my students now available to the general public on YouTube? Or can I limit it to just my students (even if people did a search of my name)?

    1. YouTube has three levels of privacy which you can set your videos to. The Private option will only allow videos to be viewed by those you directly invite, thus would not work with a video you wanted to embed on a web page (which is the whole point of Video Everywhere, after all). The Public option makes your video available to anyone, and lists your video in the search results, which is what most folks want their content to be set to.

      The default behavior for the Video Everywhere tool is to use the third video option, Unlisted. This means that although the video is publicly accessible, it is not find-able by search. Anyone can view it, but only if they can find it, so functionally this restricts the video to those who have a link or embedded version provided to them.

      Of course, as a general rule of thumb you should never post anything online (regardless of security settings) that needs to be kept truly private, the Unlisted option is the next best thing to private while avoiding the administrative chore of individual invitations. Searches for your name would not bring up your unlisted videos, and that’s probably private enough. (At least it is for anything I would ever do!)

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