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Media Services - Blackboard Streaming Video

Media Services offers faculty the option of delivering video clips in Blackboard via Flash Streaming Video. Clips can be digitized, placed onto a secure online server and linked to the professor's Blackboard course. 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.

Additionally, the library has licensed over 10,000 streaming video titles which can be linked to Blackboard and viewed in their entirety - Streaming Video Collections.

Media Services provides all streaming services under terms established by the Technology, Education and Copyright Harmonization Act (the TEACH Act).

  • Any use of streaming video must be analogous to in-class use.
  • There is a limited period of time for storage and dissemination.
  • Warning and notice of copyrighted materials must be posted.
  • Works permitted will be limited displays of images and other works in amounts comparable to live classroom setting.
  • Generally, only works belonging to the Media Services library collection may be streamed.

How to request a clip be put on your Blackboard course. 

  • Your course must first be active in Blackboard.
  • Requests must be made by filling out a Clip and Streaming Video Edit Log. Media Services staff can assist you in using video equipment to determine clip time codes for the log.
  • Fill out a separate log for each course.
  • We will not accept a syllabus and/or reading list in place of a completed request form.
  • The faculty member must sign a copy of the Streaming Policy Form. Signatures of teaching assistants, administrative assistants, students, spouses, or other faculty or staff are not sufficient.
  • Each form must include the instructor's name, the course number, and the instructor's department. The instructor must also provide his/her phone number, and an e-mail address.

The TEACH Act limits the amount of a work which can be streamed to "a limited and reasonable portion". If a substantial amount of a work is requested, the professor may be asked to provide a written justification for the longer amount. Learn more about the TEACH Act from the American Library Association's Distance Education and the TEACH Act.

For assistance and more information about Blackboard streaming, please contact Sean Casey, Computer Lab Manager/Media Project Leader (202.885.3251).