TechSmith Relay: Put a Relay Video in Blackboard (Faculty)

This document provides an overview of how to use Relay to put a video in Blackboard.

TechSmith Relay is more than a video streaming server. Here are some of the things you can do with Relay:
  1. Uploading your own videos
  2. Minor editing (trim beginning, end, or scenes in a video)
  3. Add closed captioning.
  4. Add quiz/survey questions to gauge understanding and/or participation. 

Step 1: Log In

1. Log into Relay at: https://siue.techsmithrelay.com/

2. Click the blue Sign In button.

Sign in

3. You will be directed to the SIUE e-ID log in page.

4. Log in with your SIUE e-ID and password.
If you do not see the SIUE e-ID login page, you are not on the SIUE's Relay page and may miss out on some of the University's features. Make sure that you have entered through the link above.

Step 2: Create a Folder in Relay

Click the plus sign below to expand the menu.

  •  Create a Folder
    • Log into TechSmith Relay at https://siue.techsmithrelay.com/.

      A best practice for organizing "My Library" in Relay is to create a folder for each of your courses to organize your videos. You may create sub-folders for topics, modules, or chapters if you wish.
      Note: Moving an existing video/audio file into a folder does not break the link to the video/audio.

      Follow this workflow when working with videos.

      Create a Folder

      1. Click on the Create button in the upper left corner and select New Folder.
      Create new folder

      2.  Name the folder by your course ID. For example, BIOL 150. Note you have a maximum of 100 characters, including spaces for the name of the folder. You may use alternative characters such as &, $, %, *, etc. in the title.

      Name the folder

      3. Click the Create button when you are done.

      4. To create sub-folders, click on the course folder and follow Steps 1 - 3.

Step 3: Create Video

TechSmith Relay has a built-in video recorder for capturing desktop or webcam video. Unlike using Zoom to record a lecture, Relay records only the desktop OR the webcam, not both. However, recording with Relay, your video will automatically be added to "My Library." ITS-IDLT still recommends using Zoom so that you can have the video constant over a PowerPoint presentation.

Upload Your Video

If your video was created in Zoom or other location, follow these directions. Click the plus sign below to expand the menu.

  •  Upload Video
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Record Your Video

You may also use Relay or the Fuse App to record your video. Click the plus sign below to expand the menus for directions.

  •  Record your Video in Relay
    • TechSmith Relay has a built-in video recorder for capturing desktop or webcam video. Unlike using Zoom to record a lecture, Relay records only the desktop OR the webcam, not both. However, recording with Relay, your video will automatically be added to "My Library." ITS-IDLT still recommends using Zoom so that you can have the video constant over a PowerPoint presentation.


      Log into TechSmith Relay at https://siue.techsmithrelay.com/.

      Launch Recorder

      The first time you record on your computer, you will have to download and install the recorder.
      1. Click on Launch Recorder in the upper left corner of the screen.

      Launch recorder

      If this is the first time you are using Relay, you will need to download the recorder.

      2. A window will pop up. Click the Download button.

      Download recorder

      3. Depending on your computer and browser, you with either be prompted to save, or the file will automatically be added to your Downloads folder. On a PC with Mozilla Firefox, a window will pop up. Click the Save File button.

      Save File

      The file will save to your Downloads folder or a folder you have designated. Navigate to that folder and double click on the file.

      4. Another window will pop up. (It may pop up behind another window currently open.) Click OK.

      Installation Successful. Click OK.

      5. Return to your browser and click the Relaunch button.

      Relaunch the Recorder

      6. Click the TechSmith Relay Recorder in the window. Check the "Remember my choice" box. Click Open Link button. (Note: This step may not be necessary on all systems.)

      Open link to TechSmith Relay Recorder

      The Recorder window will open.

      Set Up for Recording

      1. From the Screen area selection drop-down box, select Region (only a part of  your screen) or Full Screen (your entire desktop).
      Select Region of you have other windows open (e.g., for notes) or if you have pop-up notification (e.g. email) that you don't want to record.
      Select Full Screen if you play your PowerPoint in Show mode, or if you want to change between programs during the recording.

      Select screen area

      2. From the Record Microphone drop-down menu, make sure that your Microphone is selected. If you have more than one mic listed, select the mic you will be using. If you are using a desktop or headset microphone, select that mic over the webcam mic.

      Microphone

      3. The Webcam will default to off. Relay will display full screen web cam or full screen. It does not display picture in picture that way Zoom does. You can start recording with the webcam as you introduce yourself and then switch off  the Webcam. That will then display the computer screen. If you don't want to use the webcam, skip down to step 4.
      To turn on the Webcam, click the "Off" link.

      Webcam

      Select the Web cam by clicking on the square.

      Select web cam

      4. Record system is the computer audio. If you are playing a video or audio within your recording, click the button. If you have audio notifications, e.g., email "ding," keep this option off.
      Record Cursor will record the pointer arrow on your screen. If you use your pointer to identify parts of the screen, leave this on. If you are just presenting a PowerPoint and you think the cursor will be a distraction, turn this off.

      Record system audio and record cursor

      5. Click the Record button when ready. This will not actually start the recording, but will get your ready to set up.  A yellow box will highlight your screen if you selected Full Screen. If you selected Region, a yellow cross arrows will appear. Click and hold your mouse in the upper left corner of the region you wish to record. Drag the box to the lower right corner of the region you want to record and release your mouse button. This is the region that will record.
      drag record box

      You are ready to record. Note that you can reposition the browser/software window behind the recording region. You can also change between software during the recording (switch from PowerPoint to a web browser).  You cannot change the shape of the recording region.

      Record the Video

      If you have chosen to have the web cam on, the web cam footage will fill your record region or full screen. Towards the bottom is the record menu.


      record menu


      Click the Red dot to begin the recording
      Click the web cam icon to turn off or on the web cam.
      Click the microphone to mute or unmute the mic.
      Click the X to cancel the recording.

      1. When you are ready to record, click the red dot.

      The screen will give you a countdown. Begin your presentation.
       countdown to record

      2. When you are finished recording, click the black square in the record menu.

      3. A preview menu will open. Preview your video and click Upload when you are satisfied. Click Cancel to delete the recording. Note: if you click Cancel by mistake, you cannot retrieve the video.
       Preview video

      4. Once your video is completed, a window will pop up. Click Go to Video.
      Note: The longer the length of the video
      , the longer it will take to upload.

      Go to video

      5. Once the video is uploaded, the Edit Details window will open.
      Create a title and description for the video.
      Select the Location. "My Library" is the default.

      6. Click Save.

      Edit details

      It is a best practice to add videos folders based on class or topic. If you did not create a folder, add the video to My Library and you can return to My Library to create a folder and move the video.

  •  Record your Video using the Fuse App
    • Fuse is a mobile app that allows you to upload media to Relay directly from your mobile device. It is not a mobile version of Relay. It is available for both Android and iOS.

      1. Go to your App Store and search for TechSmith Fuse.

      2. Open the app on your mobile device.

      TechSmith Fuse in the app store

      3. Go to a desktop or laptop computer and log into Relay at https://siue.techsmithrelay.com.

      4. Click on Create to expand the menu. Click on Connect Mobile Device.

      Connect to Mobile Device

      5. A window will pop up with a QR code. Scan the QR code with the Fuse app on your mobile device.

      QR code for Relay

      6. From the Fuse app, click on Settings.

      Settings

      7. Click on TechSmith Relay.

      Relay

      8. Click on Sign in. Scan the QR code on your computer screen with the app.

      9. Sign in with your SIUE email. You will be re-routed to the SIUE login screen. Log in with your SIUE e-ID and password.

      10. You can record your video directly from Fuse or upload an existing video.



      Record a Video on Fuse

      a. Click on the camera icon.

      camera icon

      b. Click on Photo to take a still image. Click on Video to record a video.

      Clcik on camera or video camer

      c. Click the Pause button to pause the video. Click the Done icon to save the video.

      Stop or pause video

      d. Click the thumbnail in the upper right corner to save the video in Fuse.

      Upload video to Relay


      Import a Video Previously Recorded

      a. From the Fuse Library screen, click Import.

      import a video from camera

      b. Fuse may ask if the app can access your Camera Roll. Click Yes/OK.

      c. Navigate to the video and click on the thumbnail.

      d. Click Choose.

      choose video

      e. A thumbnail of the video will appear in your Fuse Library. 
      Click Select in the upper right corner of the screen.

      Video uploading in Relay

      f. Click the video(s) that you want to upload to Relay. Click the upload icon at the bottom of the page.

      upload video

      g. Click the Share link.

      Share the video

      h. Select the TechSmith Relay option.

      Techsmith relay option

      i. Click the Send button.

      Send

      Wait while the video uploads. 

      uploading video

      j. You will receive an email when the video is complete.

      Emial

      Return to Relay to edit the video, add captions,  and share it.

 

Step 4: Edit Your Video (optional)

You may want to trim the beginning or end of your video or remove a long pause within the video. This step should be done before adding captions or quiz questions. Publishing the video after editing will delete captions and quiz questions attached to the video.

Click the plus sign below to expand the menu for directions.

  •   Edit Your Video
    • TechSmith Relay allows you to remove parts of the video such as a pause in the center, trim the beginning or end, etc.

      1. Log into TechSmith Relay at https://siue.techsmithrelay.com/.
      2. Navigate to the video and click on the video's thumbnail.
      3. Click Edit Video.

      Edit video


      4. A window will pop-up. You have to option to Edit a Copy of the video or Edit the Original.

      Edit a Copy: Selecting Edit a Copy will make a duplicate of the original video for you to edit. This preserves the original video. The copy will lose the analytics and quiz questions on the copy but will maintain the analytics and quiz questions on the original. Any links to the original video will have to be re-shared and re-linked to this video.
      Edit Original: Selecting Edit Original will reopen the video editor on the original video. Any links to this video will remain intact. Any captioning, analytics and quizzes will be lost when you republish the video.

      Click the option you want.

      edit or copy

      5. Play the video or drag the play head (gray bar with numbers) to the start of the cut (green flag).

      drag play head

      6.Drag the red flag to the end of the cut.

      end cut

      7. Click the Cut button. A red line will appear on the timeline where the cut took place.

      cut line

      7. View the portion of the video that was edited. If you want to change the edit locations, click on the red line. The original edit will open.
      If you want to change the start or end points, click Edit.
      If you want to save the edit, click Cancel.
      If you want to remove the edit, click Delete. You can also click the "Undo" button to remove the edit.

      edit the edit

      NOTE: If you click "Restore to Original Video" ALL edits will be deleted.

      8. If you want to save your work and edit more later, click the Save & Edit button at the top left corner of the window.
      If you are finished editing, you must click Publish or your changes will not take affect.

      save or publish

Step 5: Generate/Edit Captions

Captions not only help the hearing impaired students, but can assist students whose primary language is not English. Captions also assist students who might not be in an environment where they can easily listen to the video. The entering a term or phrase in search box in the video player will highlight the caption containing that word/phrase. This will also assist students reviewing your lectures while they study.

Click the plus sign below to expand the menus for directions.

  •  Add & Edit Captioning
    • Closed captioning not only helps students with hearing impairments, but is beneficial for students where English is their second language.  It is also beneficial for students not able to listen to the video due to sound restrictions in their environment (e.g., at work).

      See the Add and Edit Captions video for full features.

      Log into TechSmith Relay at https://siue.techsmithrelay.com/.

      Add Captioning

      1. Navigate to the video.
      2. Click on the video.
      3. Click on the Accessibility button.

      Accessibility button

      4. From the "Select an Action" drop-down menu, select Generate Captions. Then click Confirm.

      Generate captions

      5.  You may continue with additional uploads and editing in Relay as your video is captioned. You will receive an email when the captioning is complete.

      Captioning activity

      To monitor the status of your captioning, click on the Captioning Activity link in the dialogue box.
      The time in the "Updated" column will indicate approximately how much time has elapsed in the process.

      Processing

      Edit Captioning

      1. To edit the captioning, return to the Accessibility panel from Step 3 above.

      2. In the drop-down menu, select Edit Captions. Click Confirm.

      Edit captions

      3. Type directly into the closed caption box to edit the text. In the example below, you may want to remove the comma.

      Edit closed caption

      4. Use the Play button to begin the video and the pause button when you want to stop the video to make edits.

      OR

      Click the Next or Previous button to advance to or return to caption box.

      OR

      Drag the timeline (not the teal play-line) to the caption box on the video.

      5. Click the "! ADA" button at the bottom of the screen to see sections that may not be ADA compliant.

      ADA button

      6. Click on a rule to jump to the next error.



      In this example, the caption is too short. The text from the end of the previous caption should be combined with this caption to form a complete sentence. (See below)

      When all errors are met, the gold exclamation mark will turn to a green check mark.

      NOTE: All changes are automatically saved. Use the "Undo" button (see below) to revert.

      7. If you want to save and return to your  before you are finished, click the Save & Exit button in the upper left corner of your screen.
      When editing is complete, click the Publish button at the top of the page.

      Other Edits

      In addition to editing the text, other edits can be done to the text boxes.

      editing tools

      1. Add New Caption - click this button to add a blank caption box to the point on the timeline where no caption box exists.
      2. Delete Caption - click this button to delete a caption box.
      3. Split Caption - move the timeline and pause the audio to where you want the caption to split. Note: align the play head with the audio, and not the text in the text box before you split the text box.
      4. Delete All Captions - WARNING: Clicking this button will delete ALL of the captions. If you inadvertently clicked this, click the Undo button (#5 in the image above).
      5. Undo - revert to the previous action.
      6. Redo - repeats the previous action. 

Step 6: Add Quiz Questions (optional)

Use Quiz questions to engage your students and to measure their comprehension of the video. Click the plus sign below to expand the menu.

  •  Add Quiz Questions
    • Why add questions to your video? Quizzing is a way to engage viewers and measure their comprehension of the video.
      • Question choices are multiple choice, true/false, fill in the blank, and free response.
      • Questions can be added anywhere in your video.
      • Users must answer the question before the video will continue.
      • Questions can be graded or ungraded, like a survey.

      Add Quiz Questions

      1. Log into TechSmith Relay at https://siue.techsmithrelay.com/. 

      2. Navigate to your video and click on the video.

      3. Click on Quizzing in the panel.

      Quizzing


      4. Play your video and pause it where you would like your first question to appear.

      5. Click the Add Questions button.

      Add quiz question

      6.
      If you wish to have a daily email sent with a summary of respondent and scores, click the cog next to the title of the video.
      Check the box "Send nightly email reports to:" Your email will be filled in. If you wish to have the report sent to another email address, replace your SIUE email with your alternative email.

      send email

      Click the cog again to close the window.

      Below is an example of the email that you will receive.
      quiz results email

      If you wish to stop receiving email, you may return to the Edit Quiz option and uncheck the box.


      7. Click the New Add Questions button.

      question

      8. A window will pop up confirming that you can't move questions once you click "Add New Questions." Click OK.

      9. The question will default to Multiple Choice. If that is the question style, continue. If not, click the drop-down arrow next multiple choice and select the question type.

      10. Type in the question. Click the + Choice button to add each answer. If the question is to be graded, check the correct answer. If you want this to be a survey type question to assess viewer's opinions, do not check any answers.

      Multiple Choice Questions

      11. To be a learning activity, add feedback. Click the +Feedback button.

      12. Add Correct and Incorrect feed back:
      Add feedback

      Action options are
      Continue: video will begin playing again.
      Jump to Timeline: Insert the time of the video for the user to review the materials again. This option is best used if the viewer gets the answer wrong.
      Go to URL: a new window will open directing the viewer to a new web page. This option is best used for more information on a topic or when the video is completed.

      13. Add another question by clicking +Add New Question or click the Save Quiz button at the top of the window.

      14. Play or forward the video to the next location and repeat steps 5 - 12.

Step 7: Add the Video or Folder in Blackboard

There are multiple options for adding the video in Blackboard:
  • Video with the TechSmith Relay tool with evaluation (Connected to the grade center if quizzing has been added. Analytics and quiz results will be available through the Relay site.)
  • Video with the TechSmith Relay tool without evaluation (Not connected to the grade center but analytics and quiz results will show in Relay)
  • Folder with the TechSmith Relay tool without evaluation (Not connected to the grade center but analytics and quiz results of the individual videos will show in Relay)
  • Embedded in an Item (Only analytics will be available in Relay)

Click the plus sign below to expand the menus.

  •  Embed the Video in Blackboard (Embedded video will display a thumbnail of the video so uses can watch it within Blackboard. Note: Analytics and Quiz Results will remain with the videos in Relay but not will report back to the Grade Center in Blackboard only if the Enable Evaluation grading option is set to Yes.)
    • Embedding a video allows viewers to watch a video right in Blackboard Content Area. NOTE: Analytics and quiz results are not recorded if the video is embedded.

      Embed a Video in Blackboard

      From TechSmith Relay

      1. Log into TechSmith Relay at https://siue.techsmithrelay.com/.
      2. Navigate to the video and click on the video's thumbnail.
      3. Click Share.

      Share

      4. Click Get Embed Code from drop down menu.

      get embed code

      5. If the width of your video is more than 800 px wide, set the width to 800 px. The height will auto adjust itself. A video wider than 800 px will be difficult to view on a mobile device.

      6. Click on Copy.

      copy embed code


      Return to Blackboard

      1. Return to your course in Blackboard and navigate to the Content Area and folder for your videos.

      2. From the Build Content menu, click Item.

      create item

      3. Add a title to the Item.

      4. Click on the HTML button in the third row of the Text Menu.

      open HTML note pad


      5. A new window will open. Click in the HTML Code view window.

      6. Press "Ctrl + C" ("Command + C" on a Mac) or right click your mouse button to paste the HTML code in the box.

      paste HTML code

      7. Click Update at the bottom of the HTML code view window.

      8. Click Submit at the bottom of the Create Item page in Blackboard. 

  •  Link a Video in Blackboard with the Relay Tool (Clicking on the linking will display only text. Users will click on the link to open the video player. This method is preferred if you have a lot of videos to display in a small space. Note: Analytics and Quiz Results will remain with the videos in Relay but will report back to the Grade Center in Blackboard only if the Enable Evaluation grading option is set to Yes.)
    • Linking to a video in Relay is the quickest way for students to view a video. Linking to an individual video takes up less space in the Blackboard folder than embedding the video. This is critical if you have many other items within the folder. If you have a lot of videos to link to, see the knowledge base article "Link a Relay Folder in Blackboard."

      NOTE: If you export your course and import it to another semester, the link to the Relay platform will export/import, but you will have to re-link to the video.

      If you haven't already created a course folder in Relay, see the knowledge base article "Create a Folder."
      If you haven't uploaded the video to Relay, see the knowledge base article "Upload Media to Your Library"

      1. Navigate to the folder in Blackboard that you want the video to reside.

      2. Hover your mouse over "Build Content" to expand the menu. Click TechSmith Relay.

      TechSmith Relay

      3. Name the video, for example, "Welcome to BIOL 150."

      4. If you have quiz questions or you want the students to receive point for watching the video, click Yes for Enabled Evaluation.

      Yes enable evaluation

      5. Add the total points possible the student will receive.
      Quizzing: If the video has quiz questions, the points students receive will be divided equally by number of total points. For example, if there are two quiz questions and the total possible points are 10, if the student gets one wrong, he/she will receive 5 points for the video.
      No quiz questions: If there are no quiz questions and you just want to give credit to the students for just watching, they will receive the points based on the percentage they watched. For example, a student that watches the whole video would receive 100% of the points (10 points in our example above). A student that only watches 60% of the video will receive 60% of the points (6 points).

      6. Set remaining options for due date and date and time restrictions as needed.

      7. Click Submit at the bottom of the page.

      8. Scroll to the bottom of the folder for the link. Click on the new link. A Relay link is designated by a blue icon.

      relay icon

      9. Relay will launch and you will be in "My Library." Navigate to the folder/sub-folder that contains the video by clicking on the folder icon or the Open Folder button.

      10. Click on Add Media button. The video player will open.

      add media

      11. If you accidentally selected the wrong video, click on Change Media in the tool bar. Navigate to the correct video and click Add Media button.

      reset media

      12. To return to Blackboard, click on the folder name in the breadcrumbs at the top of the window.

      breadcrumbs

  •  Link a Relay Folder in Blackboard with the Relay Tool (Clicking on the linking will display a folder in Relay. This method is preferred if you have a lot of videos to display in a small space and/or you plan on adding videos and don't want to link. Note: Analytics and Quiz Results will remain with the videos in Relay but will not report back to the Grade Center in Blackboard.)
    • Linking to a folder in Relay is the cleanest way to organize multiple videos. Folders takes up less space in Blackboard and takes less time to link than linking individual videos.  If you have only one or two videos and would like to link or embed them individually, see the knowledge base article "Link a Relay Video in Blackboard." NOTE: Individual videos can report a score back to the grade center on video quiz questions, however linking to a folder only records analytics for time viewed and not quizzing scores.

      NOTE: If you export your course and import it to another semester, the link to the Relay platform will export/import, but you will have to re-link to the folder.

      If you haven't already created a course folder in Relay, see the knowledge base article "Create a Folder"
      If you haven't uploaded the video to Relay, see the knowledge base article "Upload Media to Your Library"

      1. Navigate to the folder in Blackboard that you want the videos to reside.

      2. Hover your mouse over "Build Content" to expand the menu. Click on TechSmith Relay.

      TechSmith Relay

      3. Name the folder, for example, "Week 1."

      4. Click Submit at the bottom of the page.

      5. Scroll to the bottom of the folder for the link. Click on the new link. A Relay link is designated by a blue icon.

      6. Relay will launch and you will be in "My Library." Navigate to the folder/sub-folder that contains the videos by clicking on the folder icon or the Open Folder button.

      7. Click on Add Folder button. All the videos will display on the screen. Anytime you add a video to this folder, the students will have access to the videos.

      Add folder

      8. To return to Blackboard, click on the folder name in the breadcrumbs at the top of the window.

      breadcrumbs



Keywords:Video, audio, streaming, media, TechSmith Relay, Tech Smith Relay, relay, tecsmith, tec, smith, lecture, Blackboard, blackboard   Doc ID:94105
Owner:Laura M.Group:Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Created:2019-08-27 13:52 CDTUpdated:2019-09-09 09:09 CDT
Sites:Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
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