ShareStream’s Video Streaming Building Block for Blackboard Learn

The advent of online video, audio and podcasts is rapidly reshaping the way online teaching and learning take place.


ShareStream’s Video Building Block for Blackboard Learn® provides educational institutions with a turnkey online video platform and media management solution—complete with digital rights management—for uploading, transcoding, editing, storing, managing and streaming media. It includes Pick-n-Play®, an easy-to-use video solution for instructional and student-generated content available seamlessly within Blackboard Learn, as well as integration of ShareStream’s media-publishing features with the Text Editor, Mashup Tool, Assignment Tool and Grade Center in Learn.


The ShareStream Video Platform for education can be implemented as a software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution or as an on-premises solution installed on a university, college or school’s servers. ShareStream is a longstanding Blackboard Signature Parnter™.


Faculty, staff and students (if granted the required privileges) utilize ShareStream’s Building Block to:


  • easily upload and transcode video and audio files
  • create clips
  • tag content with metadata
  • search across and browse instructional-media collections for the
    courses in which they are enrolled
  • access media assets through streaming to desktop computers and mobile devices or (if permitted) through podcasts and RSS feeds.


Key features for the ShareStream Platform and ShareStream’s Building Block for the Blackboard Learn learning management system include:


ShareStream Pick-n-Play® Course Media Application:
The Pick-n-Play LMS Extension is an intuitive and user-friendly video solution for faculty, students and other end-users for uploading, tagging, browsing, playing and searching for video and audio content directly within Blackboard Learn. Pick-n-Play also includes the “My Workspace” page, a personal media gallery and repository for faculty and, if assigned the required privileges, for students.


ShareStream’s Media Dropbox for Student-Generated Content, which allows students to submit media to instructors for assessment and commentary, or to fellow students enrolled in the course for collaboration


Integration with the Blackboard Learn Assignment Tool for Student-Submitted Media


Integration with the Blackboard Learn Grade Center


ShareStream’s Mashup Tool for Blackboard Learn (which leverages ShareStream’s open web service API) provides faculty with an easy-to-use tool for searching for, browsing and adding ShareStream media to course pages in Learn directly from the “Content” tool in Learn.


ShareStream Media Button Integration with the Text Editor in Blackboard Learn, which allows instructors and administrators to search for, browse and add the ShareStream media assets for which they have privileges directly from the Text Editor on the “Create Item” page in Learn


Easy Upload for end users that allows authorized users to upload media files, which are then automatically transcoded to the appropriate formats


Course Media Copy Wizard, which guides instructors through copying course media collections from prior courses to new courses in a few simple steps


Higher Education-Specific Digital Rights Management that allows institutions to control access to content and secure media during delivery, as well as manage digital media licenses


Reporting Tool that audits and monitors user and content accesses.


Learn more about ShareStream’s solutions for teaching and learning.


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