Create Content Mashups

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Content mashups are created when you embed photos from Flickr, presentations from SlideShare and/or videos from YouTube with your course materials from inside Blackboard.There are two ways of creating mashups: 1) using Build Content; or 2) using the Text Editor.  Use Build Content to add a mashup to a content area; use the Text Editor to add a mashup to a communication tool, such as the a discussion forum, or a journal entry.

Create a Mashup Using Build Content

  1. Navigate to a content area in your course.
  2. Hover your mouse over Build Content, then select one of the three Mashup options: Flickr Photo, Slideshare Presentation or YouTube Video
  3. Enter a search term to locate mashup content. 
  4. Click the Select button to add an item to your course. 
  5. Provide a Description for this item, as necessary. 
  6. Specify Mashup Options, including the size of the image and looping and autoplayoptions for videos.
  7. Specify Standard Options, including whether to make the mashup available immediately or schedule when it will becomes available, and also student tracking.
  8. Click Submit.

Create a Mashup Using the Text Editor

  1. Navigate to a discussion board thread, a blog entry, a journal entry or any Blackboard communication tool that uses a Text Editor. 
  2. Click the Add Mashup button, the last button on the bottom row of tools within the Text Editor.
  3. From the menu select one of the three Mashup options: Flickr PhotoSlideshare Presentation or YouTube Video
  4. Enter a search term to locate mashup content. 
  5. Click the Select button to add an item to your course. 
  6. Provide a Description for this item, as necessary. 
  7. Specify Mashup Options, including the size of the image and looping and autoplayoptions for videos.
  8. Specify Standard Options, including whether to make the mashup available immediately or schedule when it will becomes available, and also student tracking.
  9. Click Submit.

General Recommendations for Using Mashups

  • If a content author decides to take down a content work that you have referred to in a course using the mashup tool, it is no longer available to students. We suggest you don’t base significant portions of the course or base high stakes assessment activities on mashups, or make sure you have a backup plan in case access does become a problem.
  • While the purpose of making content available on a public website is obviously to share the content with other people, there is a clear difference in copyright law between linking to a web page and reproducing portions of the web page. Avoid embedding content works clearly labelled as All Rights Reserved in Flickr and SlideShare, as the Blackboard instructions suggest, unless you have obtained the consent of the author (or they’re your own).