How to Upload and Embed Ensemble Videos into Blackboard

Description:

Bowdoin uses a media hosting platform called Ensemble where instructors can store multimedia files. Ensemble is integrated with Blackboard, making it easier to upload and embed multimedia content stored in Ensemble directly to your Blackboard course site. 

Uploading and Embedding Videos in Blackboard 

Video: how to upload and embed in Blackboard

Step 1: Upload Content to Ensemble 

  1. Navigate to ensemble.bowdoin.edu. 

  2. Sign-in with your Bowdoin username and password. 

  3. Click on the green Add button. 

  4. Enter a title (required) and any other information you would like for your video file.
  5. Click the green Continue button. 

  6. Drag and drop your video file into the box labeled Drag file here or click Add File and locate your video in your computer files. 

  7. Once you have selected your file, click the Start Upload button. 
Note: Wait for your file to upload completely before moving on!
  8. Click on the green Continue button in the lower right corner. 

  9. On the next page, click on the green Publish button in the lower right corner. 
  10. Ensemble will convert your video file, and then you will have the option to embed your video within a page or add a link to your video. 


Step 2: Embedding Content in Blackboard 

  1. Navigate to your Blackboard course and select the content page where you would like to add the video. 

  2. Click on Build Content at the top of the content page and choose Ensemble Video (LTI). 

  3. Locate the desired video in your Ensemble media library and choose it by clicking the small green plus sign below the image of the video. 

  4. Select either Video Link or Video Player depending on how you would like the video displayed in Blackboard. The Video Link option will open your video in a new page. The Video Player option will embed the video so that it is viewable directly in your Blackboard page. 


Step 3: Alternative Method to Upload Videos to Ensemble 

  1. The Ensemble-Blackboard integration also allows you to add videos to your Ensemble account directly through Blackboard. 

  2. Click Build Content in your Blackboard site and select Ensemble Video from the drop-down menu. 

  3. Click the green Upload button in the pop-up window. 

  4. At this point, the process becomes identical to points 4-9 in the Step 1 directions above. 

Note: If you do not see the Ensemble Video option in the Build Content drop-down menu, it means you need to enable Ensemble in Blackboard. 


Strategies for Using Videos in Blackboard 

  • Ensure that videos are accessible by providing captioning and transcripts. Ensemble can automatically generate captions for your videos, and you can edit them to be sure the speech recognition technology has properly captioned your content. 

  • Ensemble enables you to create short clips from existing videos. Consider using clips of long presentations or lectures to present ideas related to your course in quick and engaging ways.  

  • Videos are a great way to model complex processes for your students or to work through difficult concepts or problems.