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Embed Video in Minerva - Staff Guide

You can use the Media option in the editor when creating a Document to embed video from third party sites such as YouTube or Microsoft Stream directly into the page.

You should not use Minerva as a video storage service, the University has dedicated video streaming services Mediasite and Microsoft Stream. You can use these to host videos and share them with your students in Minerva.

This guide does not explain how to add or embed videos from Mediasite, see Add Mediasite Video for guidance. If you are looking for information on module Lecture Capture recordings and how they can be accessed in a module, see Lecture Capture in Minerva.

Embed Video

You will need to start by obtaining a link to the video. When you have this, you can either create a new Document or use an existing Document from within your Module Content area e.g., the Week 1 Learning Resources Learning Module. If you've not created a Document before, see Create a Document, for step-by-step guidance, the basic steps have been outlined below.


1. To create a new Document, select the + icon and choose Create from the Module Content area in your module. This will open the Create Item menu panel.

2. Select Document from the Module Content Items shown.

3. The New Document/editing space will be displayed on screen. Begin by changing the name of your Document by replacing the default name, you can do this by clicking the New Document text to edit it.

4. You will see prompts below the Document name which guide you to use the space to build your document. Select Add Content.

5. In the editor that will be displayed, select the + icon located on the far right and choose Media from the drop down list. The Insert Media from Web pop-up will appear.

6. Paste the link to your video into the Media URL field.

7. Add Alternative text that describes the video for people who use screen readers or may not be able to load the content.

8. Click Insert, your video should now be embedded in the Document. Click Save to finish.

Embed YouTube Video

Whilst it is possible to use the method outlined above to embed videos from YouTube, using the Insert YouTube Video option (instead of the Media option in step 5). Using this option means you can also search for and add video(s) from YouTube directly from within a Document. It also allows you to decide if the video content should be displayed as a link. See the Insert YouTube video guide on Blackboard's website for further guidance.

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