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Use Ensemble Video in Blackboard Learn


Ensemble Video is a repository to online videos created by Humber faculty and staff or licensed for Humber courses.

Add Ensemble Videos to Content Areas

Method 1

  1. Make sure the Blackboard Edit Mode is ON.
  2. Access a content area inside a learning module or folder to add a video.
  3. On the action bar, click on Build Content and choose Ensemble Video.
  4. If prompted, log in with your Humber username and password, and click Submit. Be sure to select “humber.org” as the Identity Provider.
  5. Once you are logged in, you will see the videos available to your school.
  6. Underneath every video, there are two icons:
    • Plus sign - allows you to add the video to your content area/folder.
    • Play back sign - allows you to preview the video.
  7. Once you have selected your video (using the plus sign), the media embed options (see image below) are where you change the size of the video and other settings.
  8. Select Save then scroll down to the bottom of the Blackboard content page to see the video.

Method 2

  1. Make sure the Blackboard Edit Mode is ON.
  2. Access a content area inside a learning module or folder to add a video.
  3. On the action bar, click on Build Content and choose Item.
  4. On the Create Item page, type a Name for the item.
  5. The Text box allows you to type instructions or a description.
  6. Select the Mashups tool and choose Ensemble Video from the drop-down menu.
  7. (If prompted: log in as decribed above) and follow steps number 5 to 8 as described under Method 1.
  8. Choose Submit.

Add Captions to Videos

Use the caption creation tools available at http://stream.humber.ca to ensure that your videos are accessible.

NOTE: Copyright rules must be followed if the video includes content from outside sources.


TIP: Keep a backup copy of your videos on your laptop/desktop or an external hard drive. The Ensemble Video platform is a pilot and the streaming service should not be viewed as a single-point storage option.


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Self and Peer Assessments

The Self and Peer Assessment Building Block is a tool designed to facilitate the objective, analytical, and learning comprehension skills of students. Reviewing the work of fellow students through criteria-based reference evaluation allows constructive feedback. The constructive feedback that students give to and receive from their peers can enhance their comprehension of the subject material and provide valuable insights into their own efforts.

Creating a New Self and Peer Assessment

  1. Access a content area and point to Assessments on the action bar to access the drop-down list.
  2. Select Self and Peer Assessment.
  3. On the Create Self and Peer Assessment page, type a Name.
  4. Type instructions for the assessment in the Instructions content editor.
  5. Optionally, use the content editor Insert File function to add files.
  6. Set the Submission Start Date and Submission End Date by using the date and time fields.
  7. Set the Start Date and End Date for the peer evaluations by using the date and time fields.
  8. Allow Anonymous Evaluations by selecting Yes. Click No to disallow.
  9. Allow Self Evaluations by selecting Yes. Click No to disallow.
  10. Allow submitters to view their own evaluation results by selecting Yes for Show Evaluation Results to Submitter. Click No to disallow.
  11. In the Number of Submissions to Evaluate field, define how many of their peer's tests each student is expected to evaluate.

    NOTE:The number entered in the Number of Submissions to Evaluate field does not include the creator of the assessment. Type zero (0) in this field if self-evaluations are the only kind you want.

  12. Make the assessment available by selecting Yes. Select No to make it unavailable.
  13. Track the number of views by selecting Yes. Select No to disable tracking.
  14. Select Display After and/or Display Until to control when the content is available.
  15. Set the date and time restrictions for the attached content by using the date and time fields for Display After or Display Until.
  16. Click Submit.

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Course Reports/Statistics

You can run Course Reports to view information about course usage and activity.

  1. On the Control Panel under Course Management, go to Evaluation.
  2. Choose Course Reports.
  3. Choose the report you wish to run, and choose the chevron when it becomes available.
  4. Choose Run.
  5. Input any required information on the specific report page.
  6. Click Submit.

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Journals

The journals tool offers students the opportunity to reflect on course content and communicate privately with you. You can use the tool to gauge understanding and guide students in their knowledge acquisition. Your comments can help students refine their writing and ideas. You can create one or more journals for use by students in your course. You must create journal topics before students can add their entries.

How to Create a Journal

  1. Change Edit Mode to ON.
  2. On the Control Panel, expand the Course Tools section and select Journals.
  3. On the Journals listing page, click Create Journal on the action bar.
  4. On the Create Journal page, type a Name for the journal.
  5. Optionally, type instructions in the box provided.
  6. For Journal Availability, select the Yes option to make it available to users.
  7. For Journal Date and Time Restrictions, select the dates and times that the journal will be available.
  8. In the Journal Settings section, select Monthly or Weekly Index Entries.
    • Optionally, select the check box to Allow Users to Edit and Delete Entries.
    • Optionally, select the check box to Allow Users to Delete Comments.
    • Optionally, select the check box to Permit Course Users to View Journal. If selected, the journal becomes public. All users can view all journal entries made to the journal topic.
  9. In the Grade Settings section, select No grading or the Grade option and type the number of Points possible. Points possible will apply to one or more entries made by the user to the journal topic. After you enable grading, a column is created automatically in the Grade Center. It is permanently gradable, and you cannot change the setting to No grading.
  10. Optionally, select the check box for Show participants in needs grading status and select the number of entries required. Applying this setting will show the needs grading icon in the Grade Center and place the entries in the queue on the Needs Grading page after the specified number of entries are made.
  11. Optionally, associate a rubric by pointing to Add Rubric to access the drop-down list.
  12. Click Submit.

How to Create Journal Entries

You and your students can create journal entries. Only you can comment on students' private entries. You and group members can comment on group entries.

On the Journals listing page, information is provided about each journal. Students can see if their entries are private—between the student and you—or public.

  1. On the Journals listing page, select a journal title.
  2. On the journal's topic page, click Create Journal Entry on the action bar.
  3. On the Create Journal Entry page, type a Title for the journal entry.
  4. Type text in the Entry Message box. Format the text and add images, links, multimedia, Mashups, and attachments using the functions in the content editor, if needed. Attachments you add using the content editor can be launched in a new window and have alternate text added to describe the attachment.
  5. In the Journal Entry Files section, browse for a file to attach to the journal entry.
  6. Click Post Entry to submit the journal entry or click Save Entry as Draft to add the entry later.

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Blogs

A blog - a shorthand term that means web log - is a personal online journal that is frequently updated and intended for general public access and use. Most blogs also have some kind of commenting system, so that people can respond to and interact with one another. Blogs encourage students to clearly express their ideas and addresses the need to expand various aspects of social learning. Moreover, they are an effective means of gaining insight into students' activities and provide a way to share the knowledge and materials collected.

In Blackboard Learn, instructors create and manage blogs, and only enrolled users can view and create entries and comments in them.

Creating a Blog

  1. Change Edit Mode to ON.
  2. On the Control Panel, expand the Course Tools section and select Blogs.
  3. On the Blogs listing page, click Create Blog on the action bar.
  4. On the Create Blog page, type a Name for the blog.
  5. Type optional Instructions for the blog. Format the text and add images, links, multimedia, mashups, and attachments using the functions in the content editor, if needed. Attachments you add using the content editor can be launched in a new window and have alternate text added to describe the attachment. Any files you upload from your computer are saved in Course Files or the Content Collection in the top-level folder.
  6. For Blog Availability, select the Yes option to make it available to users.
  7. For Blog Date and Time Restrictions, you can set a blog to display on a specific date and time and to stop displaying on a specific date and time. Select the Display After and Display Until check boxes to enable the date and time selections. Use the pop-up Date Selection Calendar and Time Selection Menu to select dates and times or type dates and times in the boxes. Display restrictions do not affect the blog availability, only when it appears.
  8. In the Blog Participation section, select Individual to All Students or Course. Optionally, select Allow Anonymous Comments for individual blogs or Allow Anonymous Entries and Comments for course and group blogs.
  9. In the Blog Settings section, select Monthly or Weekly Index Entries.
    • Optionally, select the check box to Allow Users to Edit and Delete Entries.
    • Optionally, select the check box to Allow Users to Delete Comments.
  10. In the Grade Settings section, select No grading or the Grade option and type the number of Points possible. Points possible will apply to one or more entries made by the user to the blog topic. After you enable grading, a column is created automatically in the Grade Center. It is permanently gradable, and you cannot change the setting to No grading.
  11. Optionally, select the check box for Show participants in needs grading status and from the drop-down list, select the number of entries required. Applying this setting will show the needs grading icon in the Grade Center and place the entries in the queue on the Needs Grading page after the specified number of entries are made.
  12. Optionally, associate a rubric by pointing to Add Rubric to access the drop-down list.
  13. Click Submit.

The blog topics appear in alphabetical order on the Blogs listing page. You can sort columns by clicking the column title or caret.

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Wikis

  1. Access the course.
  2. Change Edit Mode to ON.
  3. On the Control Panel, expand the Course Tools section.
  4. Select Wikis.
  5. On the Wikis listing page, click Create Wiki.
  6. On the Create Wiki page, type a name for the wiki.
  7. Type optional Instructions. Format the text and add images, links, multimedia, mashups, and attachments using the functions if needed. Attachments added using the content editor can be launched in a new window and have alternate text added to describe the attachment.
  8. Select the Yes option to make the wiki available to users.
  9. Use the Display After and Display Until date and time fields to limit availability of the wiki. Select the Display After and Display Until check boxes in order to enable the date and time selections. Display restrictions do not affect the content in the wiki, only the appearance of the wiki.
  10. Select the Student Access option. Student access can be changed at any time.
    • Closed to Editing: Select this option when the instructor will be the only one contributing pages or to disallow further page editing by users, such as when the wiki pages are set to be graded. Wikis can still be viewed when Closed to Editing is selected.
    • Open to Editing: Allows users to modify any wiki page. In a group wiki, a user must be a member of the group to edit a wiki page.
  11. Select No grading or the Grade option and type the number of Points possible. Points possible will apply to one or more pages added and all edits by the user. Once a wiki is set to be graded, a column is created for it in the Grade Center. It is permanently gradable and cannot be set to No grading.
  12. Click Submit.

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Mashups

Mashups allow you to include content in a course that is from an external website. Follow Humber's copyright guidelines at (http://library.humber.ca/copyright) when choosing and citing this content. Three types of Mashups are available:

  • Flickr Photo: Link to a site for viewing and sharing photographic images
  • SlideShare: Link to a site for viewing and sharing PowerPoint presentations, Word documents, or Adobe PDF Portfolios
  • YouTube: Link to a site for viewing and sharing online videos
  1. Change Edit Mode to ON.
  2. Access a content area, learning module, lesson plan, or folder.
  3. On the action bar, point to Build Content to access the drop-down list and select Item.
  4. On the Create Item page, type a Name for the item.
  5. The Text box allows you to type instructions or a description and add the appropriate mashups.
  6. Submit once you have made changes to the item.

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Calendar

  1. Select Calendar from the Course Menu
  2. On the calendar, click the plus (+) or the desired day to create a new event.
  3. Type the New Event Name.
  4. Select a Calendar to associate the event to, such as your personal calendar.
  5. Only instructors and administrators can add events to the course and institution calendars.
  6. Select the Start and End times.
  7. Type the Event Description.
  8. Click Save.

How to Edit or Delete an Event

  1. On the Calendar, navigate to the date of the event in the main view.
  2. Click the event to edit or delete it.
  3. Drag an event to another date in the main view to change the date of the event. The time of the event and calendar it is associated with remain the same.
  4. Drag an event from the main view to another date on the smaller monthly view to change the date.

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Embed Poll Everywhere in Blackboard


To embed a poll from Poll Everywhere within Blackboard:

  1. Go to the Share and Publish menu to the left side of the poll.
  2. Select the option for Blog or WebPage.
  3. Copy the resulting Embed Code.
  4. Login to your Blackboard course.
  5. Select a Content Area where you would like to embed the poll.
  6. From Build Content menu, select Add Item.
  7. Give the item a Name.
  8. Add some text in the Text Box explaining what you want the students to do and why.
  9. Click on the HTML editor button [<>] in the text editor menu.
  10. Below the text you typed in 8 above, paste the Embed Code.
  11. Click Save/Submit to add it to your course.

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Inserting a YouTube Video to Blackboard

  1. Go to the Content Area you wish to insert a video from YouTube.
  2. Under Build Content, click on YouTube Video.
  3. Enter the video description in the search bar. Click “Go” to start searching.
  4. A list of videos will appear. Select your desired video by clicking on “select”.
  5. Finalize the display options and submit when finished.
  6. The video is now playable directly in Blackboard.

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