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Media Services - Accessing Streaming Video, Linking to Blackboard

Using the Streaming Video Collections in Blackboard

Each of the video collections the Library licenses provides some sort of permenant url that can be inserted into Blackboard. Each collection is different, so review the details below. More information about Blackboard is available from the Blackboard support team.

Alternatively, Media Services will place links to streaming videos on Blackboard pages by request. 

  • Log in to your Blackboard (blackboard.american.edu) account using your university log-in.

  • Under "My Courses", select the course that you want to request items for.

  • In your course, select "Course Reserves" from the left menu bar. This will open the course reserves module.

  • Select "Add Video" from the left-hand menu, select the "Stream from the Library Catalog" radio button, and fill in the video's title.


 

American History in Video

How to access:
1. To search or browse the collection, look for American History in Video on the alphabetical list of databases.
2. All titles are cataloged in ALADIN. They can be searched by title or, if you are looking for a specific topic, by keyword. For a browse-able list of all titles, search keyword = "american history in video".

Incorporating American History in Video into a Blackboard course:
At the top of each streaming video webpage, you will see a button labelled "Embed/Link". Copy this link and paste it into LinkMaker. AU faculty can find information on how to use LinkMaker in their Blackboard course "Library Resources for Faculty LIB-101F".

Using American History in Video in the classroom:
Because of the file compression that's necessary to smoothly stream videos over the internet, the video quality will not be as sharp as what one sees when viewing a DVD

BBC Shakespeare

How to access:
All titles are cataloged in ALADIN. They can be searched by the title of the play. For a browse-able list of all titles, search title = "bbc shakespeare".

Incorporating BBC Shakespeare into a Blackboard course:
At the bottom of each streaming video webpage, you will see a link labelled "Permalink for this video". Copy this link and paste it into LinkMaker. AU faculty can find information on how to use LinkMaker in their Blackboard course "Library Resources for Faculty LIB-101F".

Using BBC Shakespeare in the classroom:
Each streaming video can be resized to full screen while retaining a good picture quality. Another useful feature is that at the top right of the video is a Closed caption on/off button which displays captions in either screen mode.

Ethnographic Video Online

How to access:
1. To search or browse the collection, look for Ethnographic Video Online on the alphabetical list of databases.
2. All titles are cataloged in ALADIN. They can be searched by title or, if you are looking for a specific topic, by keyword. For a browse-able list of all titles, search keyword = "ethnographic video online".

Incorporating Ethnographic Video Online into a Blackboard course:
At the top of each streaming video webpage, you will see a button labelled "Embed/Link". Copy this link and paste it into LinkMaker. AU faculty can find information on how to use LinkMaker in their Blackboard course "Library Resources for Faculty LIB-101F".

Using Ethnographic Online Video in the classroom:
Because of the file compression that's necessary to smoothly stream videos over the internet, the video quality will not be as sharp as what one sees when viewing a DVD.

Filmakers Library

How to access:
1. To search or browse the collection, look for Filmakers Library on the alphabetical list of databases.
2. All titles are cataloged in ALADIN. They can be searched by title or, if you are looking for a specific topic, by keyword. For a browse-able list of all titles, search keyword = "filmakers library".

Incorporating Filmakers Library into a Blackboard course:
At the top of each streaming video webpage, you will see a button labelled "Embed/Link". Copy this link and paste it into LinkMaker. AU faculty can find information on how to use LinkMaker in their Blackboard course "Library Resources for Faculty LIB-101F".

Using Filmakers Library in the classroom:
Because of the file compression that's necessary to smoothly stream videos over the internet, the video quality will not be as sharp as what one sees when viewing a DVD.

Films Media Group - Films-On-Demand

How to access:
1. To search or browse the collection, look for Films On Demand on the alphabetical list of databases
NOTE: Once in the FOD website, do not attempt to use their login link, this will not authenticate you into the database. Instead return to the alphabetical list of databases and re-try.

2. Most titles are cataloged in ALADIN. They can be searched by title or, if you are looking for a specific topic, by keyword. For a browse-able list of all titles, search keyword = "films on demand".
NOTE: There is some turnover of the FOD collection, new titles are added and others occasionally disappear, so the FOD database should be searched directly for the most up-to-date holdings.

Incorporating Films-On-Demand into a Blackboard course:
At the bottom of each streaming video webpage, you will see "Title URL". This is the link you should copy to add to your Blackboard page or to another webpage or email. It's a permanent address that will first check that the user is authorized to access a video. If offsite, the user will be prompted to login to ALADIN.

Click here for further instructions on adding FOD videos to Blackboard pages.

Using Films-On-Demand in the classroom:
Most videos in the database are available in up to three formats (Flash, Windows Media, and Quicktime) and up to three bitrates (300Kbps, 700Kbps, and 1.5 Mbps). For projection in a classroom, always use the highest bitrate available for the best resolution. NOTE: because of the file compression that's necessary to smoothly stream videos over the internet, the video quality will not be as sharp as what one sees when viewing a DVD.

Opera in Video

How to access:
1. To search or browse the collection, look for Opera in Video on the alphabetical list of databases.
2. All titles are cataloged in ALADIN. They can be searched by title or, if you are looking for a specific topic, by keyword. For a browse-able list of all titles, search keyword = "opera in video".

Incorporating Opera in Video into a Blackboard course:
At the top of each streaming video webpage, you will see a button labelled "Embed/Link". Copy this link and paste it into LinkMaker. AU faculty can find information on how to use LinkMaker in their Blackboard course "Library Resources for Faculty LIB-101F".

Using Opera in Video in the classroom:
Because of the file compression that's necessary to smoothly stream videos over the internet, the video quality will not be as sharp as what one sees when viewing a DVD.

 

Streaming Video Clips from Library owned DVDs through Blackboard

Media Services offers faculty the option of delivering video clips in Blackboard via Quicktime Streaming Video. Clips can be digitized, placed onto our secure online server and linked to the professor's Blackboard page. Streaming video can be accessed by authorized Blackboard users from any computer with high-speed internet capabilities, thus providing students with 24-hour access to reserve video materials. Media Services provides clips in compliance with the TEACH ACT. More information and the required forms are available here.