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PC Camtasia Users!


picture of a dog with popcorn and a soda behind a video reel

Wish you could upload your Camtasia videos to Blackboard and automatically connect results to the Blackboard Grade Center!!!

Now, you can!


With a few clicks of the mouse, learn how to

  1. Add quizzes to your videos.
  2. Connect your videos to the Bb Learn Grade Center automatically to:
    • Score the quizzes. (You choose the acceptable, minimum score)
    • Score the duration students watch your video. (You determine how long students must watch the video to receive a passing score.)
    • Score both if you choose!

What you’ll need

Email Christine Sharrio if you’re interested in adding videos to your Blackboard Grade Center!


Additional Help

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Interested in attending a Saturday workshop? Come join us Saturday, August 22, 2015.

  • Introduction to Blackboard Learn 10:00a.m. to 11:30a.m.
  • Bring Questions, Get Answers. Open workshop 11:30a.m.-1:00p.m.

Send an email to: if you plan on attending.


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2015Start your new year with a Blackboard Learn workshop from TLP!

We often hear instructors say that spending just 60-90 minutes in one of our face-to-face workshops saves them hours of work later in the semester. Plus, it provides an opportunity for you to meet some of our Instructional Technology Consultants, including Christine Sharrio, the newest member of our TLP team.

Not sure if you need to attend?

View the workshop descriptions and objectives and enroll only in the ones you need. Then sign up on the Workshop Calendar, linked from TLP’s homepage,


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Haven’t heard of MERLOT before? Now is the time to learn about its curated collection of free and open online materials and faculty development services used by international education community.
Dr. Cris Guenter, Chico State Graduate Coordinator and Professor of Education, will lead an exploration of MERLOT’s resources and suggest ways in which faculty can use its huge repository of free and open peer-reviewed materials. Dr. Guenter’s work with online instruction and MERLOT has been recognized at the national and international levels.
The link to the Blackboard Collaborate session is:
Faculty on the SSU campus are also welcome to view the webinar in the Faculty Center located on the first floor of the Schulz Library in Room 1112.
This session will be archived for future use.
For more information please contact Ann Steckel, SSU Director of Educational Design & Curricular Innovation, at 707-664-2240 or .

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The Real Media (Mole) server will be decommissioned on January 16, 2015 due to unsupported software. We introduced Kaltura as a new streaming media server in fall 2012 (and as a replacement for Mole), and we’ve been working with faculty to migrate onto that platform over time. Given Mole’s end of life, we need to complete the migration of video content off of it. We are requesting that you only move the files you’re actively using since our campus Kaltura license fees are based on the amount of storage that we use.

Here are some migration options:

There are multiple ways to integrate video in Blackboard Learn. If you have questions about hosting/migrating video or if you require any other assistance, please contact the Technology and Learning Program (TLP) at 898-6167.

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System outage on July 25 12:00am-10:00am (PST)

Dear summer teaching faculty

Please be advised that on July 25th ALL power and services for CSU, Chico will be brought down for maintenance.  This includes the Portal and Bb Learn.  Students (and instructors) will not be able to access any of your materials, instructions or interactive areas of your course in Blackboard Learn during this maintenance window.


Work is scheduled to install a new battery backup system in the campus data center.  To ensure safety for the electricians, the high voltage electrical panels in Butte Hall 4th floor will require a full shutdown during this maintenance window.  Some services such as Exchange email and telephone service will be available.  Power will not be interrupted in other buildings on campus.  On-campus workstation login and wired and wireless Internet access will function except for Butte Hall.  Restoration of all computing and network services is expected by 10am.

Upgrades to Bb Learn will be applied before the shut-down and will be available when the power returns.  Plan for Bb Learn to be unavailable for the first 10 hours of the 25th by not setting deadlines or due dates during this time.  Also, you may find it helpful to give students a message that all CSU, Chico services and access to Learn will be interrupted during this time.?

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Bb Learn will be down on Thursday, July 16, 2015 – 5:00AM to 8:00AM.


Bb Learn and sharing video with Kaltura


The Kaltura Application Framework (KAF) is an extensible, feature rich, UI based configurable framework that streamlines the integration of Kaltura’s rich media capabilities into different publishing applications. The framework is constructed of modules that provide a packaged workflow and functionalities that can be easily embedded in another application as an iFrame, instead of integrating directly with the Kaltura APIs. The framework can decrease the integration time with your application dramatically and allow you to always get up to date new functionality by decoupling the added features from the integration itself. The embedded iFrames are all based on a responsive design to ensure that the integrated pages are displayed properly on any given area.

Benefits include

  • Staying current with the vendors development and release cycle
  • Small feature changes mitigating impacts to the functional use experience
  • Enhanced web-cam upload functionality
  • Improved interface with Blackboard Learn
  • Additional features and functionality include:
    • Video editing
    • Presentation integration
  • Precursor to additional feature sets delivered via new continuous development model


Window of downtime for this upgrade: Thursday, July 16, 2015, 5:00AM to 8:00AM.


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We are experiencing an issue in Blackboard Learn with the YouTube Mashup and Video Everywhere tools.


You get a “device support” error when you try to add a video from YouTube using Blackboard Learn’s YouTube Mashup and Video Everywhere tools. See below.

YouTube mashup window displaying device error message

Note: The problem only occurs for new videos; not for videos you previously added to your courses.

Projected Date for Fix

We have escalated our support ticket with Blackboard, and will let you know as soon as we hear anything.

Temporary Workarounds

If you were trying to record a YouTube video using the Video Everywhere tool, you can  record your video directly on YouTube. Then use any of the methods below for copying and pasting the YouTube video link into Blackboard Learn.

To Copy and Paste a YouTube Link into Blackboard Learn:

screenshot of Blackboard Learn content editor with arrow pointing to hyperlink icon on second row

To Copy and Paste a YouTube Embed Code into Bb Learn:

Copy and paste the embed code to your YouTube video within the Content Editor using the HTML view.

  1. From YouTube, select the option to display embed code.
  2. Copy the embed code.
  3. From Bb Learn content editor, select the HTML button and paste your embed code into the HTML view.
  4. Save.
    screenshot of blackboard learn content editor with arrow pointing to html button on the third row

Please drop by or call the TLP lab this summer to have us walk you through these options.

We are glad to assist. Our phone number is (530) 898-6167, we are open Mon.-Thurs. 9-5:00 PM.