Embedding Content in Blackboard Using the Power of Plus for Echo360
This guide will demonstrate how to insert video from the Echo360 Video Library using the Power of Plus in Blackboard.
Accessing the Power of Plus in Blackboard
- Click the Write Submission box to reveal the content editor
- Click to expand the toolbar options
- Click the Plus Sign to open the Power of Plus options for adding content, then choose Echo360 Video Library from the Add content window
These same steps will work to embed video in a discussion board post, as well. Instead of Write Submission, you'd select Create Thread for the discussion forum and proceed with the same steps using the content editor.
Searching Video Content
To search for Echo360 content under Choose From My Home
- Search: Enter search terms in the search bar.
- Filter: Click the Filter button to filter by course/section/term (see step below for details).
- Select which video from the list you wish to use.
To filter the displayed content:
- Term: Select a term to view content from a specific term.
- Course: Select a course to view content uploaded to a specific course.
- Clear All: Click this button to clear selected filters.
- Apply: Click the Apply button to apply the selected filters to the shown results.
Inserting a Video
- Select size: Use the dropdown menu to select the embedded video size.
- Start at: Click here to modify the start time for the video
- Autoplay: Select this option to automatically play the video (recommended setting is off)
- Automute: Select this option to mute the audio volume by default.
- Link: Select this option to create a link to the video instead of embedding (recommended for assignment submissions, as the embed feature does not work for assignments).
- Authenticate: Select this option to require users to log in with Echo360 in order to view the video.
- Click the Insert button to insert the video into the text editor.
Institutional charges for Echo360 are usage based. Therefore, it is recommended to turn off the Autoplay feature.
After selecting a video, click the Submit button to create the item.
When you click submit, Blackboard may return an error that the submission is empty; however, if the box is populated in the window, the video will populate after you hit submit. This is a known bug in the Blackboard interface. You can also avoid this pop-up error by writing a small amount of text before or after the mash-up insertion in the text box.
The video will now be embedded in your Blackboard submission.