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Embedding Echo360 Videos into Blackboard
Last Updated: Aug 15, 2019 04:13PM EDT

This article applies to:  Echo360 Instructors

Prerequisites for using the Embed Echo360 Video Library option:
1) A Blackboard Administrator must have installed the Echo360 video library building block for Blackboard AND if appropriate configured the system to allow Students to embed Echo360 videos.
2) The public links option must be turned on, so that you have the authority to generate a public link for embedding.   

If a Blackboard Admin has installed it for your institution and enabled it for courses, Echo360 provides an Echo360 Video Library option in the Mashups list (sometimes also referred to as an easy-embed option).

This option provides the ability to:

The same option provides access to all three of these features. This option should appear in the Mashups list anywhere Blackboard provides a content window for posting items (e.g., Tasks, Announcements, Discussions, a Content Page added to a course, etc).

Blackboard content window with Echo video mashup identified as described

Instructors, Teaching Assistants, and Students can select any video already resident in their library (My Content) or they can upload a video to embed or link. Blackboard Administrators who are also Echo360 Administrators can select any capture in the system they have access to (or upload a video).

Embedded videos DO NOT generate Echo360 user-specific analytic information about who has viewed the video or how much of it. Blackboard analytics may be able to provide some of that data however. Check with your Blackboard administrator if you are not sure. Overall view data such as view counts and heatmap data are provided (in the media details page) for views of the video through these embeds, but they are not correlated to any particular user or set of users.

Embedding an Existing Echo360 Video into a Content Window

The steps below are for selecting a video already resident in Echo360 for embedding into the content window. You must OWN the video you want to embed (it appears in the My Content tab of your Echo360 Home page) or you must be an Echo360 administrator with access to some set of videos in the system. If you need to add the video to Echo360 first, see the instructions later on this page.

To embed an existing Echo360 video into a content window

  1. Log in to Blackboard.
  2. Open the Course in Blackboard or other location where you want to post the video.
  3. If necessary, click the Mode icon for the course and Turn Editing On (in the top right corner of the page).
  4. Find the type of content item you want and create it. The figure below shows a Module page being added to the Course Content.
    Blackboard course content with add module page option shown
     
  5. In the Create screen that appears, enter a Name that describes the video you are adding.
  6. In the Toolbar for the Content area of the window, click the Mashups drop-down, and select Echo360 Video Library as shown below.
    Blackboard create module page with mashups dropdown open and  Echo video option identified
     
    A dialog box appears with the Choose From My Home tab active, listing the videos you own, or for admins, the videos you have access to.
    If you need to upload a video to embed, click the Upload Existing Media tab, and refer to the instructions later on this page.

    Embed Echo360 video window with My Content library items listed for steps as described
     
  7. If necessary, use the Search Content text box and/or Filters options to find the video you want to embed into the window.
  8. Click Reset to clear any search/filters as needed.
  9. Select the video you want to embed. The row expands to show additional embedding options.
    If you plan to post a URL link to the video instead of embedding the video directly into the content page, see Posting a Video Link in an LMS content window instructions later on this page.
    Embed Echo360 video window with video selected showing options for steps as described
     
  10. From the Select size drop-down list, select the size you want for the embedded video. There are three size options. 
    Embed Echo video selection list with item expanded and size drop-down list shown for steps as described
     
  11. If appropriate, enable the option to Autoplay the video (it will play as soon as a user opens the page you are embedding it into).
  12. If you enable Autoplay, Automute is automatically enabled, to accommodate browsers that no longer allow autoplay with sound. You CAN enable Automute separately without Autoplay.
  13. If appropriate, set a Start At time. If set, the video will begin playing at that timestamp, although viewers will be able to rewind/fast-forward the player to view any segment of the embedded video.
  14. When finished, click INSERT. A preview of the inserted video appears inside the content area.
  15. Complete whatever remaining fields are on the Page you are adding, then click Submit.

Once the item is added, students can open the page and view the embedded video. If you selected Autoplay or Start At configurations for the video, those are enacted for the user upon viewing.

Moodle page in a Course Topic with embedded video as described
 

Uploading a Video to Embed into a Content Window

The steps below are for uploading a video to Echo360 then embedding the new upload into the content window. Most of the procedural steps are identical to embedding an existing Echo360 video, with the exception of being able to upload the video first, before selecting it from your existing content list. 

To upload and then embed an Echo360 video into a content window

  1. Log in to Blackboard.
  2. Open the Course in Blackboard or other location where you want to post the video.
  3. If necessary, click the Mode icon for the course and Turn Editing On (in the top right corner of the page).
  4. Find the type of content item you want and create it. The figure below shows a Module page being added to the Course Content.
    Blackboard course content with add module page option shown
     
  5. In the Create screen that appears, enter a Name that describes the video you are adding.
  6. In the Toolbar for the Content area of the window, click the Mashups drop-down, and select Echo360 Video Library as shown below.
    Blackboard create module page with mashups dropdown open and  Echo video option identified
     
    A dialog box appears with the Choose From My Home tab active, listing the videos you own, or for admins, the videos you have access to.
  7. From the media selection dialog box that appears, select the Upload Existing Media tab, as shown in the below figure.
    Select media to embed dialog box with Upload Existing Media tab identified for steps as described
     
  8. Click Select Media.
    The dialog box changes to allow you to upload from your local machine (this is the default). 
    Option to upload video from local device for steps as described
     
  9. To select to upload from a shared drive location (such as Dropbox or Google Drive), click the appropriate icon from the list on the left side of the dialog box.
  10. Follow the options to find and select the video to upload to Echo360 for embedding into your LMS content window.
    File selected for upload shown in dialog box for steps as described
     
  11. Click Upload.
    Once the file is uploaded, you are returned to the media list in the Choose from My Home tab, with the newly uploaded video selected by default, as shown in the below figure.
    NOTICE that the video may not have a preview thumbnail; this is because the video is still being processed by Echo360. How long this takes is partially dependent on the size of the video
    .
    Uploaded video selected for embedding as described

    If you plan to post a URL link to the video instead of embedding the video directly into the content page, see Posting a Video Link in a Content Window later on this page.
     
  12. From the Select size drop-down list, select the size you want for the embedded video.
  13. After selecting a size, you have the option to Autoplay the video (it will play as soon as a user opens the page you are embedding it into).
  14. If you enable Autoplay, Automute is automatically enabled, to accommodate browsers that no longer allow autoplay with sound. You CAN enable Automute separately without Autoplay.
  15. If appropriate, set a Start At time. If set, the video will begin playing at that timestamp, although viewers will be able to rewind/fast-forward the player to view any segment of the embedded video.
  16. When finished, click INSERT.
  17. Complete whatever remaining fields are on the Page you are adding, then click Submit.

The published version of the newly uploaded video may show that the video is currently processing, as shown in the below figure. Once processing complete, the embedded video will appear.  If you selected Autoplay or Start At configurations for the video, those will be enacted for the viewer on playback.

Preview of inserted video that is still processing in content window as described

 

Posting a Video Link into a Content Window

The below procedure inserts a URL link for the video into the content window instead of embedding the video. A URL Link (also referred to as a Public Link or a Video Link) opens the video in a player outside of the LMS page where it resides (often in a new browser tab). 

Most of the procedural steps are identical to embedding an existing Echo360 video, with the exception of selecting the Link option instead of the available embedding options (Size, Autoplay, Start At).

Video links DO NOT generate Echo360 user-specific analytic information about who has viewed the video or how much of it. Overall view data such as view counts and heatmap data are provided for views of the video through these links (in the media details page), but they are not correlated to any particular user or set of users.

To insert a URL link to an Echo360 video into a content window

  1. Log in to Blackboard.
  2. Open the Course in Blackboard or other location where you want to post the video.
  3. If necessary, click the Mode icon for the course and Turn Editing On (in the top right corner of the page).
  4. Find the type of content item you want and create it. The figure below shows a Module page being added to the Course Content.
    Blackboard course content with add module page option shown
     
  5. In the Create screen that appears, enter a Name that describes the video you are adding.
  6. In the Toolbar for the Content area of the window, click the Mashups drop-down, and select Echo360 Video Library as shown below.
    Blackboard create module page with mashups dropdown open and  Echo video option identified
     
    A dialog box appears with the Choose From My Home tab active, listing the videos you own, or for admins, the videos you have access to.
    If you need to upload a video to link to, click the Upload Existing Media tab, and refer to the instructions above on this page.

    Embed Echo360 video window with My Content library items listed for steps as described
     
  7. If necessary, use the Search Content text box and/or Filter by drop-down lists to find the video whose link you want to place in the window.
  8. Click Reset to clear any search/filters as needed.
  9. Select the video you want to link. The row expands to show additional options.
  10. Enable the Link toggle, located below the Size drop-down list, as shown in the below figure. 
    Notice that the embed options are grayed out once the Link toggle is enabled.
    Echo video list with item selected and Link toggle turned on to show option changes as described
     
  11. Once the LINK toggle is enabled, you can also enable the Authenticate toggle, requiring users to be logged into Echo360 to view the linked video.

    IMPORTANT: LMS users typically do not have direct logins to Echo360; in order to view an authenticated link, users must already be authenticated into Echo360 or they will be faced with a Login window. In order to authenticate, users should pass into a linked Echo360 Section first, then click the link to the video.

  12. Click INSERT.
  13. Complete whatever remaining fields are on the Page you are adding, then click Submit.

The URL Video link is entered into the content window. The link posted uses the Video title as the text for the link; it does not post the full URL. Once the item is published, users can click the video link, and playback will open in a new browser tab or window. 

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