One of our favorite new features in eLearn is Video Everywhere. This is an exciting addition to our toolbox because it allows us to create a webcam video working right inside Blackboard anywhere that you have a content editor. It’s as easy and time effective as typing announcements, lecture information, feedback for students or maybe a wrap up of the week’s discussion forum.
Just look for the new record button located in the lower left corner of the text editor.
You will be prompted to log into your YouTube account and give permission to use your webcam and mic, as well as to upload your video to YouTube. The video will play through your account. You will be able to embed a player in your screen or a thumbnail which will open in a separate window. Try both options and see which works best for you.
This function is availabe to students as well in most areas where they provide input into their course work such as the Discussion Board, Course Journal, and Assignments. This is yet another way we can make that very important connection with our students!
Stop by the Tech Hub if you’d like talk about ideas for using Video Everywhere in your courses. We would be happy to help set up a YouTube account if you don’t have one, and to get started using this great new tool!