YuJa is the University’s new learning capture platform, available to all staff from January 2022. This is your opportunity to get comfortable with the system, ask questions and plan how you wish to incorporate it into teaching from the 2022/23 academic year.
There is no obligation for you to use this technology from January. The 2021/22 Teaching & Learning Framework remains the same and the current MS Stream to Blackboard integration remains the main learning capture technology at Reading for the remainder of the academic year.
YuJa quick demonstration:
This short video gives you an overview of the YuJa system.
Help with using YuJa
Here you’ll find information about using and making the most of the YuJa Learning Capture
YuJa allows you to
- Record video in the browser, using the YuJa Browser Capture Studio.
- Record in the desktop the desktop YuJa Software Capture application (available for PC and Apple).
- Upload media files.
Once uploaded you can
Before you can begin using YuJa, you must create your account via Blackboard.
To do this, create a Tool Link for YuJa in any Blackboard Module and click the link.
This will create your YuJa account and you will receive a confirmation email.
Clicking the link in a Blackboard Module will also create a Channel for that Module in YuJa. You will need to create Channels for any Module to which you wish to publish YuJa content.
YuJa uses single sign-on.
If you are already logged in to Blackboard, and you access YuJa via your Blackboard course, you will be automatically logged in to YuJa.
If accessing YuJa directly, use your normal University of Reading credentials.
You can access YuJa
- Via any Blackboard course.
This can be done easily if you add YuJa to your Blackboard course menu - see Publishing to the Channel for a Blackboard course
- By logging in to YuJa at https://reading.yuja.com
- Through the YuJa Software Capture desktop app.
When logging in to the desktop app, make sure 'Single Sign-On' is selected, then Sign In.
If you have any difficulties opening the app this way, go into YuJa on the web. Select Create Recording from the top of the screen
then choose Record from your Windows PC or Mac.
If you have the desktop application installed, it will open and log you in automatically.
Managing your profile and notification settings
You may find, once you start using YuJa, that you want to Customise the Notifications you receive.
- Planning your recording - good practice in making screencasts
- Use Learning Capture in classrooms
- Use your own computer to record screencasts
- Record in the Browser
- Record in the YuJa desktop app
Once uploaded to YuJa you can make simple edits to your video, before sharing them with other users.
Uploading existing video content
As well as recordings made using YuJa, you may have video files you wish to upload to YuJa. These could include videos:
- Created in PowerPoint
- Created in Teams
- Created in Stream
- Created in Collaborate
- Created on your phone
- Created in Camtasia or other software
- Sourced from elsewhere (N.B. Please ensure you are complying with any copyright restrictions on such files)
In all these of these cases you will have a video file in a format such as MP4, webm, MOV.
Enter the Yuja Media Library directly, or via a link from Blackboard. From here you can:
Accepted File formats
Formats supported by YuJa include: wmv, .asf, .flv, .f4v, .f4a, .avi, .mp3, .mpg, .mpeg, .mps, .ps, .mp2, .m2v, .m2a,.ts, .tsv, .tsa, .mts, .m2ts, .tod, .mp4, .m4a, .m4v, .3gp, .mov, .mts (AVCHD), Flash video, .webm, .mxf, .dv., .docx, .pdf., .srt, .vtt, .txt, .csv, .xlsx, .pptx, .psd.
Please note: YuJa does not accept SWF files.
Sharing content with a Blackboard Module
You can embed individual YuJa videos inside a Blackboard content item or tool (for instance inside a Blackboard Journal, Blog, Discussion Board or Test) using the YuJa Media Chooser in the content editor. This allows you to add videos in-line with content in your Blackboard Module and will look the same as your embedded Stream videos.
Every Blackboard course in which you have clicked a YuJa link will have a corresponding YuJa Channel.
You can collate all videos associated with a specific Blackboard module by Publishing to the Channel for a Blackboard module. This will function like the Microsoft Stream area in your content menu and will require students to click a YuJa link in a module to gain access.
Sharing videos with University of Reading staff and students
You can Share a video with one or more named people. See Sharing Media.
To share with multiple people, without wishing to specify them one-by-one, click on More to open up the video properties.
Then choose Link, and copy the Direct Link.
You can share that URL (for instance by email) with anyone with a University of Reading account, and they will be able to access your video.
To make a video available to a Blackboard course, you can simply embed your video in the course, and/or Publish your video to a Channel.
Sharing videos with external users
To share videos with people outside the university, you can
- Send them a shared link to a video or folder
- Set your video privacy to Public, then embed the video inside a website.
See the YuJa article Sharing Media with External Users.
Create and Share Playlists (Folders)
Managing Videos in Folders
It is important to understand the difference between Folders and Channels in YuJa (in particular a 'Channel' in Yuja is quite different from a channel in MS Stream).
Folders and Channels
Channel = set of permissions for a Blackboard course
There will be a Channel for each of your Blackboard courses.
Permission is given to members of the Blackboard course to view the video by publishing it to the Channel.
See Publishing to the Channel for a Blackboard course.
Folder = way of organising videos in ‘My Media’
Folders can be created in your My Media library allowing you to organise your material.
If you teach on lots of modules, you will soon find that having all of your videos in the main My Media area becomes unmanageable.
To help organise your content, you might set up separate folders for each module and/or for different topics.
You can also generate a link to the Folder (or 'Playlist'), and use that link to provide students or other users with access to all of the videos in the Folder.
In some cases you may want to give colleagues editing rights to the a folder - see Sharing a Folder.
You can’t create a Folder inside a Channel. But you can create a Sub-Channel in a Channel, and this acts much like a folder.
Privacy settings in YuJa
The default privacy setting on content added to Yuja is "Portal Authentication" - this means that, when you share a link to a video, anyone with a University of Reading account will be able to use that link to watch your video.
- your video won't be found by other users unless you create a link and share it
- you can control the settings on each of your videos, for instance make them private, or require users to have a password to view them. See this YuJa article for how to set video permissions.
For more detail see YuJa Privacy Settings.
Content coming soon
It will be possible for students to upload videos to YuJa as part of a Blackboard assignment submission.
Guidance coming soon.
YuJa authentication issues:
- Please ensure "Third party cookies" are allowed in your browser settings.
- If using Chrome or Edge you will need to "Allow all cookies".
- Mac users: if using Safari, please also ensure "Prevent Cross site Tracking" is disabled.
Guidance on how to apply the required settings on Apple devices.