I developed a great way of creating links to YouTube and similar sites that works well for desktop and mobile users. Just use a Web Link with a description.

Here are the steps:

  1. buttonGet the URL link for the video from YouTube. For example you could try it with our ‘Learning Edge Welcome Video
  2. Go to the Blackboard ‘Content area’ page that you want to add the link to
  3. Add a Web Link
  4. Paste the link in, and enter a suitable description
  5. In the description box, click the ‘Insert/Edit Embedded Media’ button (see image)
  6. Paste the URL into the File/URL box & click insert at the bottom of the page
  7. Submit

The result is that desktop users see:

Mobile users get the web link too (Learning Edge Welcome Video) but don’t see the embedded picture.  It works great – give it a go.

For further help and support on this or any others aspect of Learning Technology, please contact your faculty Learning Technologist: Learning Technology Development Division Contacts.