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UB Learns Library Resources Integration: Videos

This guide is dedicated to providing information about integrating library resources into your course.
Last Updated: Apr 13, 2022 8:35 AM

Library Video Resources Available to Add to UB Learns

There are a variety of video options available through the UB Libraries that you can integrate directly within your own UBLearns course sites. 

A collection of video tutorials are available through the UB Libraries YouTube Channel and the Health Sciences playlist. Tutorials are available to help students learn how to conduct effective searches, proper citation techniques, and a host of other topics.

Videos can reside on YouTube, a file management service such as Box or Google Drive, or through the UB Libraries’ streaming services. Be sure the video’s permission settings are set to allow viewers to access the video. 

Integrating Library Video Resources into UB Learns

There are multiple ways to incorporate video into your UB Learns course. The UB Learns Help site provides information about adding Streaming Audio and Video Content and Library created video resources into UB Learns.

The following slides in this module share a variety of ways that you can add video resources to your UB Learns course.

Create A Link

Create a Link to a Video

A simple way to link a video within your course is to follow the instructions to create a link, just like you would create a link to any document or website.

An image of the embed video button in Blackboard.

Use the Embedded Media Icon

A good way to add video into a UB Learns site is to embed the video within the pages of your course. Embedding a video provides a seamless way for students to access the video and keep students within your course, instead of having them navigate away from your course and possibly having the external site or YouTube interface lure your students away to explore other content that is not related to your course.

Select the Insert/Edit Embedded Media icon to embed a media clip into your course anywhere you see the rich-text editor toolbar. After clicking the icon, type or paste a URL in the File/URL box. You can then adjust the other options that are provided.

A screenshot of the mashup function in Blackboard.

Use a Mashup Tool

Another way is to use Mashups in UBLearns to embed the video directly in your course pages. A YouTube Video and a Panopto Video Embed are available as MashUps. These are available under the Build Content Button available within any content area within UBLearns. More info about the Blackboard Mashup option is available on the UBLearns Help pages.

A screenshot of how to embed a video via HTML code in blackboard.

Use HTML Embed Code

A third way to embed video within a UB Learns course is to utilize the HTML Embed Code. Even though this process may seem daunting, it is pretty straight forward. Follow the steps below to embed a video using the HTML Embed Code.

  1. Go to the video that you wish to Embed either in YouTube or through another video sharing website.
  2. Copy the Embed code from the video. To do this, select the "Share" link. Click "Embed" and copy the entire embed code.
  3. In UB Learns, click the "HTML" button on the toolbar of the text editor.  Paste (Ctrl "V") the video embed code that you just copied in the previous step.
  4. Click update.
  5. Click the "HTML" button again to toggle back to the rich-text editing mode see your video.
  6. Click "Submit."  The video will not show in the editor mode.  You will need to view the finished item to see it live.

Streaming Databases

The University at Buffalo Libraries has secured the licensing to stream hundreds of titles directly from the library catalog as well as in several different databases. UB Libraries offers both AVON and Kanopy for streaming videos, which give access to films, documentaries, and training videos in a variety of disciplines. Users can search the database of available videos, or narrow by subject area.

Remember to promote citing videos that students may use for reference in papers, projects or presentations! For citation assistance, consult the Research Guide from Mount Saint Mary College Library.

For more streaming media available at UB, check out our Streaming Media webpage. If you need access to specific A/V (Audio Visual) materials, please contact Michael Kankiewicz, Head of Multimedia Collections, to determine if the material is available via streaming.