Using Videos in Blackboard

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At the University of Windsor, there are three main platforms for faculty, staff, and students to upload and stream video content to be used within Blackboard or other University websites: Microsoft Stream, YouTube, and UView.

  • Microsoft Stream is available to all University of Windsor faculty, students and staff throught Office 365.
  • YouTube is a public platform that requires a Google account to upload and to share video content.
  • uView is a University of Windsor Video streaming platform available to all University of Windsor faculty, staff, and students.

When instructors or students create video content as a part of their course work, uploading the video files directly to Blackboard is strongly discouraged due to the potential stress of loading large files on the system in addition to the speed and/or buffering limitations in viewing the files. While this statement applies largely to video files, it is also inclusive of other large file types. For more informaton regarding sharing large files on Blackboard, visit Sharing Large Files article to learn more.

Considerations for Sharing Your Video Content

Accessibility and Captioning Requirements

In an effort to make information and content available to all individuals, The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) requires recorded video content to captioned. As an inclusive practice, captioning video content allows for the removal of barriers to course content for not only students and users with hearing impairment, but also the greater audience who may find captioning as beneficial to their learning experience. To learn more about practices that can support accessibility within your classroom, visit the Tips for Accessibility article.

Of the three platforms discussed in this article, both Microsoft Stream and YouTube offer automated caption creation. However, the automated captioning may not capture the audio correctly depending on audio quality and terminology being used. To learn more about captioning and how to edit captions automatically created in YouTube and Microsoft Stream, visit the Captioning Videos Article. It is important to note that uView and Blackboard Collaborate Ultra does allow you to upload a caption file that has been created outside of the platform.


Copyright permission is vital to this process. You should not upload or convert any material that you do not have permission to use. For more information on copyright, please see the Copyright Support Web site hosted by the Leddy Library. Once you have determined that you have the appropriate permission to use the video(s), the following instructions will get you started on adding videos to your Blackboard site.

Analysis of Platforms

Considerations Stream uView YouTube
Blackboard Integration

Videos uploaded to Stream can be shared within Blackboard either using a link or by embedding the video. For step by step instructions on embedding, please review the Embedding Microsoft Stream Videos in Blackboard article.

UView videos are not integrated into Blackboard and have to be manually added in a text editor in Blackboard through embedding text or by linking back to the video using the web link tools.

Videos uploaded to YouTube can be shared within Blackboard using a link, by embedding the video or through the Mashup tool available within the content editor in Blackboard.

Security and Privacy

Access to videos uploaded is limited to the company or organization (ex: University of Windsor) when using the default permission setting, Allow Everyone in Your Company to View This Video. If this option is deselected the video remains visible to the owner only.

Permissions allow the owner to share the ability to view or edit with groups they are a member of, by uploading to an existing channel or with individual people.

When the video is Shared with a group, channel, or select number of people they are automatically given the ability to view, however, the ability to edit must be granted by raising the individual/group intended to Owner status.

UView has choices to restrict access to videos to users in the institution or provide a public URL for viewing on the web.

  • The public viewing URL can be viewed by anyone who has the link; no login is required.
  • The login-required URL requires the viewer to log in with a UWin ID and password.

Within the Privacy Settings, videos may be set as Public, Private, or Unlisted.

  • The Public setting allows anyone who can access YouTube to view the video.
  • The Private setting initially hides the video from everyone but the owner and allows the video to be shared with up to 50 select individuals via email addresses.
  • The Unlisted setting removes the video from any public search results/feeds however anyone with access to the link may view it.

Availability This application is available as a part of the Office 365 package which all University of Windsor faculty and staff have access to. This application is an in-house designed and supported tool at the University of Windsor for University of Windsor users and is free of charge. This platform is available to the general public for use free of charge.

Methods of Sharing your Video Content

Video content can be shared on Blackboard in two main ways - by web address (URL) or by embedding. The easiest way of sharing a video is by simply sharing the URL (web address) with the indidividual. When users select the URL, it will take them from your site to the linked video. Embedding videos allow users to play the video within the context of the site without leaving the page.

Students Sharing of Video Content

It should be noted that while this article is targeted at instructors for sharing video content as a part of their course delivery, the methods described below are accessible for students to use for submission of assignments with a video content component using text editor.

To learn more about share video content in Blackboard, please review the sections below on each platform Microsoft Stream, uView and YouTube. Each section provides step by step instructions for users with images and/or animated GIFs for support. Both images and animated GIFs can be clicked on to examine at a higher resolution.

Using Microsoft Stream

Please see the article on Embedding MS Stream videos to Blackboard for full details.

Using uView

As previously mentioned, uView is a user-friendly video streaming platform for the University of Windsor. For more information about uView and uploading vidoes to the platform, you can view the Uploading and Sharing video tutorial. If you require support around using uView, you can open a ticket with ITS. If you have further questions around using uView for teaching and learning at UWindsor, please contact the uView Team

Sharing URL Once you have uploaded a video to UView, you will be able to select which URL to share based on your privacy settings. Public viewing URL allows anyone with the URL to view, UWin Login Required URL requires an active UWinId prior to viewing the video, and Password Required URL allows the owner of the video to set a password for the video that will be required to be verified prior to viewing the video.

Embedding videos In order to embed videos from uView into a Blackboard site, you will use the Insert/Edit Embedded Media button, which can be found on the third row of the text editor.

  1. In uView, select and copy the Public viewing URL.
  2. In Blackboard, Ensure Edit mode is ON and you are in an editing window with the URL to the video copied (as mentioned above). Navigate to an item with Text Editor such as an Item or Announcement. Locate the Insert/Edit Embedded Media button on the third row of the text editor
  3. Choose HTML5 from type dropdown and paste in Public Viewing URL in File/URL box. Accept the player settings, and click Submit to complete.

Alternately,you can use the Embed codefrom uView to embed your video into any content area in Blackboard.

If you are comfortable with HTML code, you can even embed a viewer size by using the width and height attribute in the < div > tag, or an auto-start feature. Not all options need to be specified (width, height, autostart). See the example below for coding.

Before After
<div id="vidcat13275" width="600" height="400">
<a href="...">Loading video, please wait...</a>
<script type="text/javascript" src="..."></script>
<div id="vidcat13275" width="600" height="400" autostart="true">
<a href="">Loading video, please wait...</a>
<script type="text/javascript" src="..."></script>

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