Creating Video Quizzes in Ensemble Video

Bowdoin uses a media hosting platform called Ensemble where instructors can store multimedia files. Ensemble is integrated with Blackboard, making it easy to upload and embed multimedia content stored in Ensemble directly to your Blackboard course site. Ensemble can also be used to create video clips and, as this guide will explain, to embed quizzes within videos. 

Creating Video Quizzes 

Video: Ensemble Video Quizzes Tutorial

Step 1: Creating a Video Quiz 

  1. Go to
  2. Sign in with your Bowdoin account
  3. Select the Administration dropdown menu from the left-hand navigation menu. From here, select the Library dropdown menu.
  4. Click Quizzes. This will open a page displaying any quizzes you have already created.
  5. To create a new quiz, click the green Add button
  6. Give your quiz a name (required) and then click Select under the media file you would like to use. 
  7. On the the next page, you will be able to choose from a variety of quiz options.
    These include: enabling students to retake the quiz, see their results, view correct answers, and skip questions. 
  8. Once you have finished configuring the quiz settings, scroll to the bottom of the page and click Add Questions
  9. On the next screen, an embedded media player will start playing the selected video. Pause the video at the time mark where you would like to insert a question. 
  10. On the right side of the screen, select the question type you would like to create, enter the question and possible answers, and then make sure to click the bubble next to the correct answer. You can enter a hint or an explanation that students will see after answering the question if you would like. When you are finished, click Add. The question will then be displayed underneath the video and can be edited or deleted from this screen. 
  11. Repeat steps 8 and 9 for any additional questions you would like to add to the quiz. 
  12. Your progress saves automatically. When you are finished creating questions, click Quizzes at the bottom of the screen to return to your Quizzes page. 

Step 2: Adding the Video Quiz to Blackboard 

  1. Go to your Blackboard course and select the content area where you would like to add the video. 
  2. Click on Build Content at the top of the content page and select Ensemble Video
  3. In the pop-up window that appears, select the Choose Quiz tab on the top of the page. This will bring up all of the video quizzes you have created. 
  4. Click the Choose button underneath the video quiz you want to use, and then click Save on the next screen. 
  5. The video quiz will then be embedded in the Blackboard content area and available for students. A column for the quiz will also appear in the grade center for the Blackboard course. Student scores on the quiz will automatically populate in this column. 

Strategies for Using Video Quizzes 

  • A video quiz does not need to be weighted heavily in your gradebook to impact student learning. Research in cognitive and learning science demonstrates that adding interactivity to videos increases student engagement and improves learning outcomes.  
  • Consider using video quizzes as low- or no-stakes activities for students to practice applying ideas or solving problems to increase their confidence in their ability to complete more complex tasks later in the course. Research has shown that embedded quizzes that check learner understanding of the presented material and prompt students to recall and practice learned concepts can improve student performance on later cumulative exams and lower student anxiety about test-taking. 



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