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Integrating Videos, Graphics, Pictures, and Presentations Online

User generated content refers to various kinds of media content, publicly available, that are produced by end-users such as faculty or students (as opposed to mass media generated content). 

The term entered mainstream usage during 2005 due to the explosion of web publishing opportunities. Its use for a wide range of applications including problem processing, news, gossip, and research reflects the expansion of media production through new technologies that are accessible and affordable to the general public. All digital media technologies are included, such as question-answer databases, digital pictures and video, blogging, podcasting, mobile phone photography and videos, and wikis. In addition to these technologies, user generated content may also employ a combination of open source, free software and flexible licensing or related agreements to further reduce the barriers to collaboration, skill-building, and discovery.

Adding graphics, pictures, videos, or slideshows to your Blackboard site or blog or wiki certainly adds visual appeal, and can be used instructionally to engage your students.  There are several websites that you can use for open-source content.

Before the launch of YouTube in 2005, there were few simple methods available for ordinary computer users who wanted to post videos online. With its easy to use interface, YouTube made it possible for anyone who could use a computer to post a video that millions of people could watch within a few minutes. The wide range of topics covered by YouTube has turned video sharing into one of the most important parts of internet culture.  Importantly, by using the embed feature, you are linking to someone else’s video, which does not violate any questions of copyright.

7 Things You Should Know About YouTube

The YouTube Handbook provides ways to help you find and watch videos. You can also interact with other YouTube users and around shared interests. If you make videos, you can broadcast them to the whole world, and maybe even develop an audience for your creations.

  • Home: Clicking the "YouTube Handbook" link in the navigation bar will always bring you back here.
  • Watch: Everything there is to know about watching videos, like how to find cool videos, subscribe to channels, and save videos to watch later.
  • Produce: Tips & tricks for making better videos, copyright information, and how to upload to YouTube.

Flickr is an image and video hosting website as well as an online community. Individuals can share personal photography, tag the photos for organization, and browse the photos of others.  A good practice to observe is to only use pictures that are released through Creative Commons (either by attribution or share-alike releases).

7 Things You Should Know About Flickr

Slideshare is a PowerPoint-sharing website where you or your students can post powerpoints and importantly, comment on individual slides.

You and your students can also find presentations by others on topics that interest you and them. Presentations can be tagged, downloaded, or embedded into blogs & websites (including Blackboard).

Some of the things you can do on SlideShare:

  • Embed slideshows into your own blog or website.
  • Students can ask questions about specific slides and faculty can respond.
  • Share slideshows publicly or privately. There are several ways to share privately.
  • Synch audio to your slides.
  • Create or join groups to connect with SlideShare members who share your interests
  • Download the original PowerPoint / Pdf file
  • Great resource of powerpoints on many subjects (look for Creative Commons licensing)
  •  Ability to share your powerpoints and get feedback from community


One of the best features of many multimedia products today is the ability to embed videos or presentations into your websites.

Embedding YouTube videos or slideshows is easy in Blackboard:

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