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Workaround for YouTube Mashup - Embed a YouTube Video in Blackboard


Workaround for YouTube Mashup -

Embed a YouTube Video in Blackboard

If you embed the YouTube video mashup in an item within Blackboard, the YouTube video mashup will not display in full screen mode in the following browsers:

  • Google Chrome
  • Firefox
  • Safari
  • Edge

The only browser that allows you to play the YouTube video mashup in full screen is Internet Explorer (IE). Unfortunately, Blackboard doesn't always behave when using the IE browser.  As a result, it is not recommended to instruct your students to use IE in Blackboard. The following steps are a workaround until Blackboard fixes this issue.

1.  Navigate to where you want to insert a YouTube video in your course, for example Course Materials.

2.  Click on Build Content then select Item as shown here.

3.  Give the item a name, for example, the name of the video that you want them to view and then add some text regarding the video if desired. For example, "Watch this video and then complete the assignment.”

4.  Open another tab or window within your browser and navigate to the YouTube video that you want to embed.

5.  Click on the Share icon and select Embed as show here.

This image shows where to click on the Share then Embed option for a YouTube Video.

 6.  Highlight and copy the embed code.

This image shows how to select the embed code and copy it.

7.  Go back into Blackboard and where you want to embed the video.

This image shows you how to select the HTLM button  on the text box toolbar.

8.  The HTML window will open.

This is an image of the HTML window and shows where to click to add the embed code of the YouTube video.

9.  Right-click and a menu will display as shown below. Click Paste.

This image shows you how to paste the YouTube video embed code into the html window.

10.  The embed code will paste at the bottom of the HTML text box. Click Update.

This is an image of the html window that contains the YouTube video embed code.

11.  A box will appear indicating where the YouTube video will appear.  Click Submit.

This shows the placement of the YouTube video.

12.  The video will now appear in your Blackboard course as shown here.

This image shows how the embedded YouTube video will be displayed in Blackboard.

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