Once you’ve created and edited a video you’ll need to upload it somewhere to be hosted so that students can access it. The key thing to remember is that you should not upload an entire video file onto Blackboard. Whilst you can do this it takes up a lot of memory on the Blackboard server and means that students have to first download the file before being able to play it. This can be a slow and timeconsuming process for them whereas streaming video means that videos can be watched pretty much immediately.
Here at the University we offer and recommend that you use our Planet eStream service to accomplish this as it is a secure storage sytem that is fully supported by our technical staff.
There are of course alternative 3rd party solutions for hosting and delivering video content but you need to be fully aware of any privacy, licensing and copyright issues before making a choice to use them.
If you choose any of the following services please read also our guidance about adding video to Blackboard.
The university also publishes video, audio, pdf and iBook content on iTunesU. For more information about what sort of material is suitable for iTunesU and how to contribute your videos to it please read the iTunesU webpages.
YouTube is the most widely used video hosting site. It contains a wealth of educational resources as well as all those funny cat videos and it is also really easy to add YouTube videos into your Blackboard courses.
Please note that the University Marketing department make a great deal of use of this service and if you are thinking of creating content which is of a more promtional nature we recommend that you contact them in the first instance.
If you’d prefer to read a guide then YouTube’s help pages provide guides for uploading videos from a variety of different devices.
Things to be aware of:
To learn about using other people’s material that’s on YouTube in your learning materials please read the Sourcing Video Content page.
There are a few sites that are specially geared toward sharing really short videos. The most well known is:
These may not seem particularly useful but they can be great tools for a fast how-to video or a clip that illustrates a good point.
Instagram was originally designed to only upload from within the Vine mobile app but you can now use a variety of sites to upload short videos from your computer. Watch the following video to learn how.