Record from Webcam: End of Support for YouTube Webcam Recording

Video Everywhere in Blackboard

Bulletin/Advisory Information:

Google has announced that the webcam capture feature will not be available on YouTube after January 16, 2016.  Some users have reported that there are already issues with this tool not working properly in YouTube.  This will have an impact on Blackboard Learn’s Record from Webcam (Video Everywhere) feature, which uses YouTube’s webcam capture feature.  While users will be able to launch the Record from Webcam tool, they will be unable to directly record new videos from their camera within the Content Editor.

Users will still be able to choose recorded videos from their YouTube libraries and add them within the Content Editor after launching the Record from Webcam tool.  To do so, they should click on the “Browse” tab.  YouTube videos already embedded into a content item with the tool are unaffected by this change.  This change affects only the Record from Webcam tool in the Content Editor; the YouTube Mashup tool is not affected.  Blackboard is investigating additional solutions to address this change.

Workaround #1:

There are still a number of ways to upload video to YouTube for use within the Content Editor. 

Windows 8+ Users:

  1. Record video using the Camera Application
  2. Upload to YouTube

Mac OS X Users:

  1. Record video using Photo Booth
  2. Upload to YouTube

iOS and Android Device Users:

  1. Open the YouTube app from your device
  2. Record video
  3. Upload to YouTube

Once uploaded, a video can be selected for embedding into the Blackboard Learn Content Editor with the Record from Webcam tool by clicking the “Browse” tab.

Workaround #2:

  • Users using the Bb Grader app for iOS are still able to add video feedback when grading because the app does not use the YouTube Webcam Capture features.

More Information 

Course Management System Semester-End Tasks

Blackboard faculty:

  • Review steps here including ensuring your grades total correctly, saving key information from your class, and copying courses into the spring.
  • Be aware that Google is planning to discontinue webcam recording in mid-January. This could mean that the “video anywhere” feature of Blackboard will no longer work at that point.

Moodle faculty:

  • Contact Moodle support for any questions about the grade book or archiving/copying current course information.
  • Remember that it is a good idea when setting up a spring class in Moodle to make the corresponding Blackboard class available and send students to Moodle from there. See Lisa Lane’s video on how to do this.
  • If you haven’t yet contacted Karen K (kkorstad@miracosta.edu) to set up a spring class in Moodle, please do so ASAP!
  • Be aware that Moodlerooms will be updating our Moodle version to 2.9.3 on Dec. 29. You can learn more about 2.9.3 and, if you’d like to preview it before 12/29, contact Karen K to get access to MiraCosta’s Moodle sandbox, which has already been updated.

All faculty:

  • This spring, MiraCosta will be conducting a course management system re-evaluation, taking a close look at how well Moodle, Canvas, and the next generation of Blackboard will support MiraCosta’s strategic online education plans for the next several years. We’ll have a major Flex event on 1/19 to start the process, featuring hour-long demonstrations of each system. Look for more information in January.

Have a great break!

Jim Julius, Ed.D.
Faculty Director, Online Education

Spring 2016 Blackboard Course Shells Available

Spring 2016 course shells are available on Blackboard at MiraCosta College.

As students enroll in your course on SURF they will appear in Blackboard within 1-2 hours Monday through Saturday.   Whenever you are ready, make your course available for student access. Course Availability.

Additional resources and information is available on the TIC Website.

Karen Korstad
Faculty Technology Specialist

Blackboard Updates

8/13/2015

Hello!

By now you hopefully are aware of the many updates made to our Blackboard system at the beginning of summer. The overall look is more modern, and there are a number of functional changes. If you have not reviewed these changes, please see here and here. The change that has most surprised faculty is that all spring and older courses are now on a different server, https://bbarchive.miracosta.edu, which you will need to access for exporting and importing old content to fall courses. This server will remain available for accessing older courses for at least another year.

A secondary Blackboard update has just been completed. This means that Turnitin and YouTube integrations have been restored to operation. Please carefully review the following sections if you use those tools in Blackboard. Note also that we have rearranged the Blackboard landing (portal) page, with myCourses now on the left rather than the right.

Turnitin

As we described earlier this summer, you needed to wait until now to add Turnitin assignments in fall semester courses. Fall Turnitin assignments set up prior to this morning in Blackboard will not work correctly. And if you import old Turnitin assignments into a fall course (even with the new update), those also will not work. Please create new Turnitin assignments now for your fall courses. Also, please note that Turnitin will be conducting maintenance this weekend and expects the Turnitin service to be unavailable from 7-11:00 on Saturday morning.

YouTube

Issues with YouTube/Blackboard integration began this spring, and finally are corrected with the just-completed update. The mashup tool for adding YouTube videos is working, as is the Video Everywhere tool for recording/adding your own videos directly within Blackboard. Note that the default video size when embedding videos via the Video Everywhere tool ( in the editing toolbar) is 120×90, unusably small, so be sure to change the default height and width to a larger size (e.g. 480×360) that your students will find useful.

Other Reminders

  • Text message and text-to-voice notifications from Blackboard are not working. This is a recent bug that Blackboard is working on. Students can still sign up for automated email notifications.
  • Students or faculty who have previously used Blackboard Mobile Learn will need to re-connect it.
  • Students who wish to change their first name displayed in Blackboard or Moodle can do it themselves within those systems. Students who wish to change their last name displayed in Blackboard or Moodle must request a preferred name change through the Admissions and Records Office.
  • Please review last week’s full Online Education News You Can Use if you have not done so!

– Jim

Jim Julius, Ed.D.

Faculty Director, Online Education

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