In preparation for teaching in the Autumn term, we’re pleased to announce the release of a new integration feature between Blackboard and Microsoft Stream. Stream is the platform to use for all video content for the coming academic year. It’s similar to having a YouTube tool for the University and allows you to upload, share and stream videos. This new functionality allows you to easily set permissions on recordings in Microsoft Stream and share these recordings with your Blackboard module for students to access.
Stream groups which correspond to enrolments on 2020/21 Blackboard modules have been created for you. When you add a screencast to Stream for example, attaching your Stream group will allow your students to access the recording. A daily synchronisation keeps your enrolments up to date and ensures that the recordings appear automatically in your Blackboard module under a dedicated and clearly-named link in the menu.
The steps below give an overview of a video’s journey, from when you make the recording through to its appearance on Blackboard. It is important that you follow the steps to ensure settings are correctly applied within Stream.
We would also recommend watching the two videos referenced in the list below, MS Stream: module playlists and groups and Setting permissions and managing group access in Microsoft Stream.
|How to I choose software for recording my screencast?
When recording in Teams Meeting, your video will automatically be uploaded to your content area.
If recording via Microsoft 365 tools such as PowerPoint, you can export directly to MS Stream.
|Uploading content to Microsoft Stream
|When uploading to Stream, ensure you have unticked the option ‘Allow everyone in your company to view this video”.
|MS Stream: How to add permissions for a Blackboard module’
|Check the Permissions are set to “Display” only. This is essential otherwise students on your Blackboard course will be able to edit the recording.
|MS Stream: module playlists and groups (video)
|All Instructors on Blackboard modules will have owner permissions in Stream.
If you want a colleague to also be an owner on your Stream group, make them an Instructor on your Blackboard module. These permissions will then be carried over during the next daily sync.
|This is essential as it ensures only the Stream group owner(s) can upload to your Stream group. Leaving this box checked will mean students can upload to your Stream group.
Do not delete or rename your Stream groups in this section. The group names are essential for the successful importing of students into the groups. The system periodically looks for changed group names. Should a group name be changed, you’ll receive an automatic alert informing you that the name has been reset to the correct name.
|MS Stream: module playlists and groups (video)’
|It is essential that you DO NOT REMOVE OR RENAME this item in Blackboard; the link in Blackboard is required for the group creation process.
If you have removed the link please submit a ticket using the IT Self Service Portal to have it reinstated.
|MS Stream: Embed your Video in Blackboard
|If you need to share Microsoft Stream content with a Blackboard course ending in SUP or PR you should raise a ticket via the IT Self Service Portal
We hope you will find this new feature valuable for Autumn term teaching. If you have any queries about Stream and and/or how it fits with Blackboard, please submit a ticket using the IT Self Service Portal and we will be happy to help further. And don’t forget about our screencasting webinar running multiple times over the next few week which covers the Stream tool and how videos will appear in Blackboard.