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Video Everywhere

This article is archived and is no longer updated. Students, go to the latest information on Browse My YouTube Videos for Students. Instructors, go to the latest information on Browse My YouTube Videos for Instructors.

This feature was previously called Video Everywhere.

Browse My YouTube Videos

Your institution and instructors determine if this function is available in the editor.

Wherever you can add and format text in your course, you can add one of your own YouTube™ videos in the editor. For example, you can share a video in a discussion thread.

When prompted, sign in to YouTube with your Google account. A new window will open. If you don't see this window, check your browser's pop-up preferences. Select Accept to allow your Blackboard server to access your YouTube videos.

If your Google account is not enabled for YouTube access, you will receive a prompt to open a new browser tab and log in to YouTube. After you log in, create your YouTube channel to upload and store your videos. Select Grant Access.

Select Browse to search for the video you want to add. Select Insert to add the video to the editor. You have two options for how your video appears:

  • Play in place: The video plays in the current location. Viewers can resize the video. A placeholder appears in the editor where your video will play for viewers.
  • Thumbnail: A small image of the video appears.

Make your video accessible

After you upload your video to YouTube, you can add closed captions and a transcript. Captions and transcripts help people who are deaf or who experience hearing impairments understand the audio track of your video. Captions also help people who speak different languages or have learning disabilities understand what is happening in your video.

After you upload your video, it will take between an hour and a day for YouTube's transcription tool to automatically save captions from the soundtrack of your video. On the YouTube toolbar, the Captions link appears when the captions are available. After the transcription is completed, you need to edit the captions to be sure they are correct.

  1. On the YouTube toolbar, select Captions.
  2. For English, select automatic captions in the right side panel.
  3. The inline text editor opens. You can edit directly in each frame's text box. You can also download the text file, edit it on your computer with a text editor, and upload the file back to YouTube.
  4. Select Done.

Access YouTube's help and search "captions" for the most current and detailed instructions.


Privacy setting

An unlisted video doesn't appear under YouTube searches, and only users who know the link can access the video. However, complete privacy isn't guaranteed. The unlisted setting allows authors to publish and share videos easily without a need for specifically choosing who can view the video. If users have access to where the video is published, they can view it. They can also click the YouTube logo on the video which allows them to view the unlisted video on youtube.com.

You can change the privacy setting to Private. From the video library, edit the video to make it private in the YouTube clip edit settings. If you make a video private, only the users you specifically include, and who have a Google account can view it. Private videos appear in the library with a lock next to them. Only the author and specified viewers can view private videos.

To Learn More

To learn more about making your videos accessible, see Best Practice: Captioning Video Content.