Answered By: Suzanne Schriefer, Education & General Education Librarian
Last Updated: Feb 15, 2017     Views: 248

YouTube and other web resources provide access to video content that you may wish to use in an online class.  Please note that as a "for-profit" academic institution, use of video content that does not have a Creative Commons license allowing for commercial use (CC BY and CC BT-SA) is discouraged unless permission is granted from the copyright holder.*  Please consult the Copyright ToolKit and select "Video" from the source type list for more information or view the Video Copyright Flow Chart linked at the end of this "Answer." Providing a link to the video rather than embedding is the preferred method of access.  In all cases, provide attribution.

If you have created your own video and have posted it to YouTube or have found a video that is either covered by a Creative Commons license or has copyright holder permission for use, follow these instructions to embed the video into your Blackboard Learn course:

Step 1  Copy the embed code for the video.

  • Click on the Share icon located under the video, then click on the Embed tab:

  • Copy the Embed code that starts with <iframe... (Press Ctrl A to highlight the entire code and press Ctrl C to copy it.)

Step 2  Insert embed code into Engage/Blackboard Learn (announcement editor, discussion post, etc.)

  • In the Content Editor, click on the HTML source code icon  
  • Paste the YouTube <iframe code (Press Ctrl V to paste)

  • Press the HTML Source Code icon a second time to go back to the editor and the video will be embedded.

* To find licensing information about a video located on YouTube, do the following:

  • Click on "Show More" beneath the video
  • View the licensing information. 
  • A "Standard YouTube License" indicates that the content is copyright protected and will likely require permission from the copyright holder for use. See the Copyright ToolKit for more information. Please note that in some cases third parties post content to YouTube that they may not own.  Contact your programmatic librarian for assistance in determining the copyright owner of video content.  Finally, to avoid copyright issues, create your own video or use a video covered by a Creative Commons License that allows for commercial use.

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