How to embed videos into your course content

You can embed video into your course site so students can view it within the architecture of your Blackboard Learn course site. There are a few ways this can be done; one involves copying embed code from an external site and then copying that code into an Item.

  1. From any website that has embeddable video, find the embed code for the video you want to embed and copy it. The code is usually available by clicking a link to Share or Embed the content.
  2. In your Blackboard Learn course, make sure the Edit Mode is On.
  3. Choose which Content Area into which you’d like to embed your video (such as Course Materials).
  4. Hover your mouse over the Build Content button; under “Create”, choose Item.
  5. On the Create Item page, type a Name.
  6. In the Content Editor, click the HTML icon.
  7. In the HTML Code View window, paste the embed code and click Update.
  8. Click Submit. Check the embedded tool to be sure it works correctly for students.

The video content will now stream and play directly into your Blackboard Learn course site, as if you uploaded the video yourself, but you didn’t. The video is primed for streaming and viewing rather than a raw video file that would otherwise be uploaded into Blackboard Learn. Students can more easily play video this way and instructors can more easily add and manage their videos in Blackboard Learn.

Making Videos Accessible

The conversation about accessibility in education has far reaching implications for us as instructional designers.

It is our responsibility to ensure accessibility of our content to all. This resource is available and highly useful if we create our own videos.

End of Semester Tools: Reports – Archives

Now that we are almost at the end of the semester, there are some final tasks you can take care of in Blackboard, to more efficiently wrap up your administrative tasks and prepare yourself for the next semester.
  • Calculate final grades: If you have been recording grades in the Blackboard Grade Center, you can use it to calculate the final grades for your students. Remember to check that you have entered zeroes for any missing assignments or tests, so that the calculations are accurate. If you are using a Weighted Total, make sure that your categories are assigned correctly – you can do so quickly by going to Manage > Column Organization.
  • Automatically assign letter grades in Blackboard: The Blackboard Grade Center uses a default grading schema to assign letters grades, with pluses and minuses. You can verify that the schema matches yours, and modify it if necessary, by going to Manage > Grading Schemas. To automatically assign letter grades, edit the Total or Weighted Total column (or create a new Calculated Column), and set Letter as the Primary Display option. You can use a Score or Percentage as a secondary display, which you will be able to see in the same column of the Grade Center.
  • Grade Center Reports: From the Full Grade Center point at the Reports button (4th from the left) and select Create Report. Once you’ve chosen your options a report will be generated, 1 page per student, of each student’s grades throughout the semester. Watch this video on how to create a grade center report.
  • Export the grades for safekeeping: While Blackboard is backed up regularly, it is a good idea to download your Grade Center as an Excel file for you to keep on your office computer: To do so, go to the Grade Center and click Work Offline > Download. Watch this video on How to Download Grades from the Grade Center to see how to do it.
  • Course Archive: At semester’s end, when you are done working in the course archive it from the Packages and Utilities menu and download that archive file to a secure backup location. Instructions for this simple process are on the bottom of the page linked here.
  • Request your course(s) for next semester: Get a head start on developing your Blackboard courses for next semester! If you are teaching an online or hybrid course and registration for the next semester has begun, you should already see your course shells available. To enhance your course you can request a web-component be created now, so that you can develop that material over the break. You can read the simple steps to request web enhancement for your course through Banner by clicking here.

As always, you can contact the Office of Educational Technology by calling Peter Snyder at (575) 737-3753 or emailing

UNM-Taos Online Teaching Mission Statement

The aim of UNM-Taos is to encourage blended learning campus-wide. UNM-Taos will train faculty in the use of our Learning Management System as well as encourage more student involvement and interest. We plan to support our faculty in enhancing their courses, and/or creating and implementing additional blended learning opportunities (i.e., hybrid and online)  for UNM-Taos students. As an institution we shall strive to offer our courses in a variety of formats to best fit each student’s educational needs. Our institution is community based and as we move further into the eLearning environment this will be foremost in our minds. As we continue to build our blended learning courses and explore emerging technologies the focus will be to match the use of technology to our particular community college’s needs.  With more variety in course format students will have more choices and opportunities to be successful and engaged. UNM-Taos plans to be in the forefront of education in rural communities by reaching them through a more thorough engagement with online technologies.


Currently we have three parts to our assessment, at three different times during the semester:

1) Peer Assessment: The Online Learning Coordinator will use the Quality Matters Rubric to assess your class in its early stages, in case there is something that the Coordinator suggests or needs for the instructor to augment before continuing on to teach the course.

2) Student Survey: Student feedback on teacher effectiveness in the use of online technologies, mid-way through the course. By having students provide feedback at this point in the course allows for the instructor to reformat and reassess their plans before the semester is over.

3) Self Assessment: Using Chico University’s Rubric you will assess your own use of the LMS. This allows then for the instructor to make plans for updating and reformatting their course for the following semester.

Welcome to Your Online Learning Portal

E-learning is an innovative process that is rapidly changing eduction at all levels in every corner of the world. At UNM-Taos, we are preparing to take our own step forward in the application of E-learning as well.

This handbook has two main objectives. First, it is a self-guided tour of Web-CT, the platform we are currently using for online learning at our college. Second, it is a training manual providing you with the tools to participate in E-learning. These tools are organized into four levels. Level 1 is concerned with the most basic methods to Web enhance your course.

Level 2HybridLevel 3 – Online, and eventually Level 4-Comprehensive are designed for more advanced application of E-learning concepts.