What is Streaming Media?
Open Campus streaming media refers to a way of broadcasting video and audio content over the internet. Blackboard classes may stream video and audio over the internet allowing students to view individual video and audio streams "on-demand". That is, students who are enrolled in a class that uses streaming media may view videos or listen to audio anytime and anywhere they choose, as long as they are using a computer or device that meets the streaming video requirements.
What do I need to view the streaming media?
- You must be enrolled in a class that uses streaming media.
Your instructor may provide a username and password that will allow you to access the video content, if required. However, many instructors include content that is accessed directly from your Blackboard class.
You must have internet access.
Although a high-speed internet connection (DSL, Cable. FIOS) is recommended, streaming media will work over slower connections.
Browser plug-ins, add-ons or software may need to be installed on your computer or device.
Streaming content within your classes may be hosted by different sources. Specific browser plug-ins,
add-ons or software may be required. Your instructor will indicate what is necessary to view the media content in their class.
There are downloads for QuickTime Media Player, Adobe Flash,or Microsoft Silverlight.
You can also check for Firefox browser plug-ins, Chrome browser plug in information, or Internet Explorer add-on information.
Playing Streaming Media In Blackboard
Your Blackboard class may use content that is hosted externally, which may cause difficulty in viewing some content. If you're having difficulty viewing media content within your class, try making adjustments to view insecure content in Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer 10
Unable to view QuickTime content?
If you're unable to view QuickTime content, there are a few things that you should be aware of:
- Install the latest version of QuickTime 7.
Installing QuickTime 7 (Mac and Windows) will also install the latest version of the QuickTime web browser plugin. Mac users should install QuickTime Player 7 for Mac OS X v10.6.3 or later.
- Google Chrome no longer supports the QuickTime plugin.
If you're using Firefox and you're unable to view QuickTime content, please read our instructions on how to enable QuickTime content in Firefox.
As of September 1st 2015, Chrome discontinued support for all NPAPI plugins - including QuickTime - on Mac and Windows. In order to view QuickTime content, you'll need to use another web browser.
- If you're using Windows 10, the Microsoft Edge browser will not work with the QuickTime plugin.
Windows 10 users should use Internet Explorer 11 or FireFox to view QuickTime content.
- If you're using a Mac, the QuickTime browser plugin is disabled in OS X El Capitan, Yosemite, and Mavericks.
Restore the plug-in, if necessary:
- Make sure that you're using Safari or another browser that supports legacy web plug-ins.
- Choose Go > Go to Folder from the menu bar in the Finder.
/Library/Internet Plug-Ins in the search field, then click Go. The Internet Plug-Ins folder opens.
- While holding down the Command (⌘) key, double-click the Disabled Plug-Ins folder to open it in a new window.
- Drag these two files from the Disabled Plug-Ins folder to the Internet Plug-Ins folder:
- QuickTime Plugin.plugin
- If you're asked to authenticate, click Authenticate, then enter an administrator name and password.
- Quit your web browser, then open your browser again. You should now be able to play the media.