UniTube: Retirement of Service
The Higher Education Development Centre created UniTube, and have been providing software updates and bug
fixes. However, HEDC is no longer in a position to provide service updates, and as such, UniTube will
not be supported beyond mid-2018 (we have extended the date to allow people to find alternate hosting services).
While you can continue to use UniTube until then, you may wish to consider
using another media hosting service, such as
Podcasting (http://www.otago.ac.nz/podcasts) or
Otago Capture (http://www.otago.ac.nz/capture),
and if your media is public, YouTube (http://www.youtube.com).
If you need assistance to select an alternative hosting service, please contact the IT Service Desk.
There are two ways to provide access to video, audio, images or other media which have been uploaded to UniTube in Blackboard. The first way is to simply provide a link or URL, like this: http://unitube.otago.ac.nz/view?m=KOoX2byVu0t
- You can find the URL of your media file by clicking 'View media' on the 'My Media' page.
- Copy the link and paste it into your Blackboard site. In order to access the media, students click on the link.
The second way, which is often simpler for users and allows them to see the media in the context of your course is to embed the file. The correct embed 'code' is also available on the UniTube 'View media' page. For the same file above, it looks like this:
- In Blackboard, go to the 'Build Content' area where you normally add text, files or other items and create a new item.
- Give your new content a name.
- Look on the text editing tool bar (above where you normally just type text) and click on the button labelled <> . The text area changes colour and you will see in the text area.
- Paste the embed code from UniTube in the text area.
- Click on the <> tool again and you will see the media file directly embedded in the page.
- Click 'Save' and you will then see your new media item directly in Blackboard.