YouTube Mashup Malfunction

Blackboard’s YouTube Mashup tool is currently experiencing a  widespread malfunction. At this time, any attempt to search for or play a video embedded via the YouTube Mashup feature will result in one of the following unfortunate error messages:

Mashup Search Error

Mashup ErrorHere are two simple workaround options for incorporating functional YouTube clips into your Blackboard course until this issue is resolved:

Option 1: Embed the YouTube video

  1. In YouTube, click the Share button below the video you want to embed
  2. Click the Embed tab to display the embed code
  3. Copy the embed code (click Show More below the embed code for additional options, like preventing YouTube from suggesting related videos at the end of the video)
  4. In the text editor in Blackboard, click the html button
  5. A new window will open. Paste the embed code in the window
  6. Click the Update button
  7. Click the Submit button when you are done editing the text

Option 2: Create a Web Link

  1. Copy the URL for the YouTube video (it is recommended that you copy the URL by first clicking Share below the video and then copying the URL displayed there)
  2. In Blackboard, navigate to the Content Area where the video should be posted
  3. Click Build Content
  4. Click Web Link
  5. Give the link a name
  6. Paste the URL for the video into the URL box
  7. Add a description and set additional options, as appropriate
  8. Click the Submit button

*These are temporary workarounds to replace the use of the YouTube Mashup tool.


Posted on June 24, 2015, in Blackboard and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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