Adding Videos from Ensemble

Building with Content from your Media Library

Ensemble is a great service with many features: 

  • Stores audio and video content for faculty

  • Plays content in the browser so no extra audio/video players are needed

  • Has closed captioning options to meet accessibility requirements

After you have uploaded content to your Ensemble Media Library, you can begin embedding this content in your course.  This way, students can access your audio or video content through Blackboard in an easy to use and professional-looking way.

Embed Ensemble Videos in Blackboard

This documentation walks you through copying the embed code in Ensemble and copying it into the HTML editor in Blackboard. 

Tool Tip: While you can also use the Mashup tool in the Blackboard text editor to pull Ensemble content into Blackboard, the method described here gives you more control over resizing the video thumbnail so that it is aesthetically more pleasing and results in less scrolling.

Accessibility Tips and Techniques

Closed Captioning Required!

It is critical to remember that any audio or video content that you bring into Blackboard must be accessible.  For video content, this means that the video needs to be closed captioned; for audio-only content that contains speaking of any type, you should provide a written transcript. 

There are some very limited exceptions to this rule:

  • If the audio content is music with no lyrics or spoken words, no transcript is needed, but you should make a note that the content is music-only for your students.
  • If the spoken parts of the audio or video content is testable content where the inclusion of captioning or a transcript would render the test ineffective (for example, the listening portion of a language test) the captioning or transcript may be exempt.  However, keep in mind that this produces a situation in which an equivalent assignment must be given if a student requests an accommodation.   

Accessibility Tips and Techniques

Seeing or hearing content is often the best way to illustrate a point, display the indescribable, add global context or diversity to a course, or simply add some immediacy.  However, because this content needs closed captioning and because closed captioning requires an investment of time, effort, and money, here are some questions to consider when using audio and/or video content:

  • Is this a resource that will be used once or infrequently?
  • Will this resource be created or prepared immediately before it is used by students?
  • Is it likely that this resource will require updates or edits?  How frequently?

If you answer yes to one or more of these questions, it is likely that this content may not be well-suited for posting on Blackboard.  Audio or video content should ideally be used in multiple semesters or courses; prepared enough in advance to generate captions or a transcript; and not require frequent edits or updates.


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