Blackboard Learn 9.1

Blackboard Learn 9.1 SP 8
Create Audio, Image, and Video Links
1. Change Edit Mode to ON and access a content area or folder.
2. On the action bar, point to Build Content and click Audio, Image, or Video. The Create page
appears and is similar for all three content types.
3. Find a file:
• To upload a file from your computer, click Browse My Computer.
• To upload a file from the course's storage repository: If Course Files is the course's
storage repository, click Browse Course.
• If the mashups function is available, you can browse for and link to content available on
the internet.
4. Click Select a Different File to delete the file you linked.
5. Type a Name. This name appears in the course area as a link.
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6. Set the Options. Audio, video, and image files each have unique options for displaying their
content. These are listed later in this section.
7. Select the Standard Options:
• Click Yes to Permit Users to View this Content.
• Click Yes to Track Number of Views.
• Select the Display After and Display Until check boxes to enable the date and time
selections. Display restrictions do not affect item availability, only when it appears.
8. Preview the content and click Submit when you are finished.
Audio Files
An audio file appears as a player in your course. The player has options for play, pause, forward, and
rewind. Blackboard Learn supports the following file types: AIFF, MP3, MIDI, MP, WAV, and WMA.
Options for audio files in a course include:
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Include Transcript: Including a text transcript is a standard web practice and allows users
that cannot hear the audio to get the same information. Browse your computer to attach
your own transcript file. It will appear with the audio file in the course area.
Autostart: The file begins playing when a user opens the course area that includes the audio
file.
Loop: The file plays again from the beginning until stopped by a user.
Image Files
Blackboard Learn supports the following image file types: GIF, JIF, JPG, JPEG, PNG, TIFF, and WMF.
Options for image files in a course include:
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Alt Text: Provide an alternate text phrase that explains the image and its purpose for those
using screen readers.
Long Description: Provides a similar function to alt text, but the text description is longer and
more detailed.
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Dimensions: For images, the height and width in pixels should match the original image. If you
need to resize the image, customize the dimensions, but keep the same ratio between height
and width. For example, you can resize an image of 640 x 800 pixels to 320 x 400 pixels.
Changing the ratio of the dimensions will make the image appear stretched.
Border: Include a solid black line, from one to four pixels in width, around the picture.
Target URL: Make the image a link by providing a target URL. When a user clicks the image, a
new browser window will open to the URL
Open Target in New Window: Display the content in a new browser window.
Video Files
Higher quality videos provide better resolution, but are much bigger files and can take a long time to
load before playing. Consider the balance between resolution and load time and test it to find the right
settings for the video.
Compatible multimedia formats include:
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MPEG/AVI: MPEG (Moving Picture Expert Groups) files are audio-visual files in a digital
compressed format. AVI (Audio Video Interleave) is Microsoft’s file format for storing audio and
video data. These files have the following extensions: AVI, MPG, and MPEG.
QuickTime: QuickTime is a video and animation system that supports most formats, including
JPG and MPEG. Users with Windows will require a QuickTime driver to view QuickTime files.
Macintosh users do not require this driver. These files have the following extensions: MOV,
MOOV, and QT.
Flash/Shockwave: Adobe Flash and Shockwave files support audio, animation, and video. They
are browser independent. These files have the following extensions: SWA and SWF.
Microsoft formats: ASF (Advanced Systems Format) is Microsoft's proprietary digital audio and
video container which is especially suited for streaming media. WMV (Windows Media Video) is
a video compression format. These files have the following extensions: ASF and WMV.
Options for video files in your course include:
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Dimensions: For video files, the height and width in pixels should match the original settings. If
the size of the video picture is too big, customize the dimensions, but keep the same ratio
between height and width. For example, you can resize an image at 640 x 800 pixels to 320 x
400. Changing the ratio of the dimensions will make the picture appear stretched.
Transcript: Including a text transcript is standard web practice and allows users that cannot hear
the audio to get the information. Browse your computer to attach your own transcript file. It will
appear with the video file in the course area. If the video file is an MPEG file, you can use the
Include Transcript field to attach a SAMI transcript file.
Autostart: The file begins playing when a user opens the course area that includes the video file.
Loop: The file plays again from the beginning until stopped by a user.