Embedding ReCap Media in a Module

As well as being available through ‘Channels’, content added to ReCap can also be embedded within Blackboard modules/courses using the ReCap Media Chooser. This can be achieved in two ways, to provide flexibility with other content you wish to add alongside it.

The following guidance is for embedding ReCap media to an Ultra Blackboard. If you require assistance to embed media to an Original Blackboard please come to a Lunchtime Surgery or contact your Digital Academic Developer.

Before you start

When you embed media into a Blackboard module it will by default ask users to authenticate / login. Users will see a red box and a blue button to Authenticate. Once they click this it will reload and give them access to the media. Should you wish, you can override this feature by doing the following:

  1. In ReCap, hover your mouse over the thumbnail of your video and select More…
  2. Click on the Links option
  3. Enable the Enable Auto Single-Sign-On for Embedded and Direct Linked Media option
  4. Click the Save Links button

Method 1: Build Content > ReCap Media Chooser

This method allows you to quickly add just the media to a content area, without any supporting text or documents.
1. navigate to the section of the module where you would like to embed media and select the purple + plus sign.
2. from the drop-down menu select Content Market
3. from the Institution Tools page select ReCap Media Chooser
4. the ReCap Media Chooser Library will open (fig.1):

screen image showing the media chooser window
fig.1 – The YuJa Media Chooser

this pop-up gives you the options to:
Choose Media – content you already own in ReCap
Upload Media – add a new video/audio file from your device to ReCap
Record Content – create a new recording, with option to include your screen, video/camera and audio/microphone

3. Select the media item(s) that you wish to embed by clicking on them – a dark blue frame will appear around those that have been selected
4. Click Insert Content at the bottom right to confirm your choice
5. The media will appear as a rocket on your Blackboard:

screen image of how a recap embed appears on a Blackboard


Selecting the Title will open the media and will now be available to view for those with access to the Blackboard module.

Method 2: Create > Document

This method allows you to add media to a document that you may also want to add additional text or content to.
1. navigate to the section of the module where you would like to add the content, select Create > Document
2. give your document a Name
3. select to keep it hidden or make it visible to students
4. from the options available select Add Content
5. in the Text field add any text, images, documents etc to your content as normal
6. in the place in your text/content where you want your media to appear, select the plus symbol (+) and from the drop-down option select Content Market and then ReCap Media Chooser

screen image showing the plus symbol and drop-down menu to display content market option
fig.2 – The ‘Add Content’ option / Plus Symbol in the Blackboard text editor

5. the Media Chooser window opens. This pop-up gives you the options to:
Choose Media – content you already own in ReCap
Upload Media – add a new video/audio file from your device to ReCap
Record Content – create a new recording, with option to include your screen, video/camera and audio/microphone

6. Select the media item(s) that you wish to embed by clicking on them – a dark blue frame will appear around those that have been selected
7. Click Insert Content at the bottom right to confirm your choice
8. add any other text/content that you need, and then choose Save to finish.

For More Help

Contact your Digital Academic Developer for advice on options for online submission of work, student support and staff development.

As this guide only covers considerations for staff of embedding of ReCap by students within submissions, and does not cover general use of Blackboard Assignments it should be read in conjunction with the following guidance on the TEL Knowledge Base for Staff:

Blackboard Original Assignments guide for staff: how to set up submission points, access work and add and release marks and feedback.

Check with your academic administration team first if they are able to set up Blackboard Assignment submission points using standard School/Centre settings

These, and all other guidance on using the University’s learning technologies, can be found in this the Technology Enhanced Learning Knowledge Base (linked to-via the Assist section and Institution home page in Blackboard).

Please note: students should check with their Course Team first if they have any queries about submitting, marking and return of feedback.  See the Support for Students for more information.

Support for Students

Students should refer to the ReCap Submissions for Assessment using Blackboard Original guide for students for step-by-step instructions on how to embed ReCap into a Blackboard Assignment, as well as important considerations before they submit and a set of Frequently Asked Questions.

Students should refer also the Blackboard Original Assignments guide for students for general advice on submitting work to a Blackboard Assignment (e.g. how to attach files directly / save as draft also) and how to access their feedback.

For technical issues students should log a call with the i-Zone, having first referred to the guidance which will contains advice for common issues.  Note: if a student has continued problems embedding via ReCap you can advise them to attached media files directly to the Blackboard Assignment, but you will have to download the files to play them and need to have the associated player installed.

Otherwise, the Course Team is students’ point of contact for all other support and guidance.  Specifically, you are responsible for:

  • settings expectations on length and quality of media
    bear in mind upload limitations off-campus – we recommend no more than a few hundred Megabytes file size, reducing quality at point of recording if necessary (definitely not HD if more than a few mins of video)
  • creating the Blackboard Assignment submission point
  • providing assessment guidance
  • referring students to the technical guidance
    recommend being explicit in the submission point where requiring ReCap media to be embedded, rather than media files attached directly, and link to the guidance highlighting that it includes browser requirements, advice for uploading off-campus and how to get their feedback
    (contact your Digital Academic Developer for help embedding a short video tutorial for students at the point of submission)
  • answering queries about what, where and when to submit and when and how feedback will be given
  • clearing incorrect submissions

Retention of Submitted work

How long are ReCap submissions kept for?

See the Digital Learning Capture policy for the standard retention periods of media within ReCap.

IMPORTANT: In order to retain embedded submitted media you must not delete the Blackboard Assignment submission or remove the student from the Blackboard it was submitted to until after the required retention period (see the University retention schedule for assessed work).  Contact your Digital Academic Developer for advice.

Can I download Students’ work?

ReCap is designed to playback online and as such there is no option as standard for a viewer of another’s media to download a copy.  However, this can be enabled on a case-by-case basis by the owner of the media, for example a student who you have asked for permission to take a copy of their media to show as an exemplar.  Contact your Digital Academic Developer for advice.

ReCap Submissions Marking and Feedback

Blackboard Original

How do I access students’ submitted media?

You can see students’ submissions to Blackboard Original Assignments via the Grade Centre in the Control Panel in Blackboard Original.  Click on the exclamation mark icon and select the submission attempt you want to view.  Click on the link to embedded ReCap media within the submission to view.

Accessing submissions via the Grade Centre

Tip: select the Assignments link to show only Blackboard Assignments and not Turnitin Assignments or other types of Grade Centre column.

See the Blackboard Original Assignments guide for staff for more information on accessing submissions, including files attached directly to the submission rather than embedded, how to set the number of submission attempts that can be made and how to clear an incorrect submission.

With the current security settings in Blackboard Original only a link will show, not a ‘thumbnail’ of the embedded media.  Click on the link to play the media.  Direct playback within the Blackboard Assignment is possible with in Blackboard Ultra sites from 22/23. 

Why can I open a student’s ReCap media but not play it?

Newly uploaded media needs to be processed by ReCap before it can be played.  You will see the holding icon (shown below) while it is being processed.

Showing media still processing

The student guidance advises their media can be embedded in the Blackboard Assignment and submitted immediately, before ReCap has finished processing it, and that markers will be able to play it after ReCap has finished processing it. 

Contact the IT Service Desk if you find it is still not playable after an hour or two.

Adding and releasing marks and feedback

This is done in the standard way for any Blackboard Original Assignment submission, whether or not ReCap is embedded, as summarised in the diagram below (note need to click on the small down arrow under the mark open the feedback area). 

Where to add a mark and feedback

See the Blackboard Original Assignments guide for staff for instructions on releasing feedback, noting particularly the need to ensure the Grade Centre column is set as not visible to students until you are ready to release feedback.

How ReCap Submissions work

Blackboard Original

ReCap submissions use a standard Blackboard Assignment submission point.  Students can embed into their Blackboard Assignment submission media that they have first uploaded into ReCap.  See the student guide to familiarise with how they do this.

Please note:

Blackboard Assignments are different to Turnitin submission points.  ReCap media cannot be embedded within a Turnitin submission. 

How to set up a Blackboard Original Assignment for ReCap Submissions

Students can embed ReCap media in a standard Blackboard Assignment submission, there are no special settings required.  See the Blackboard Assignments staff guide for instructions on setting up a submission point. 

Check with your academic administration team first before creating a Blackboard Assignment.  Unlike Turnitin, there are no standard University settings, however some administrators set up submission points using consistent School/Centre settings.

Ensure you refer students to the technical guidance for students.  See Support for Students for advice on guidance for students at the point of submission. 

How much Media can Students submit?

ReCap can effectively accept any size of file, being limited mainly by the students upload speed for which you should set realistic expectations for length and quality of video, especially where uploading off-campus (see Support for Students). 

Multiple pieces of ReCap media can be embedded in a single Blackboard Assignment submission, either at the same time or by saving the submission as a draft and returning later to add more media before submitting (see technical guidance for students).

Why Embed ReCap media and not just attach Media directly to the Blackboard Assignment?

Blackboard Assignments enable multiple and/or larger files than Turnitin to be attached to submissions. Although media files can be attached directly to a Blackboard Assignment submission, like attaching to an e-mail, attachments have to be downloaded by markers to play and types of media file that can be submitted are limited by the software markers have installed. 

Where embedded via ReCap, all commonly used media files can be accepted and converted to play back online, without having to download the media and the need for any additional software to be installed.

What is ‘YuJa’?

Where you see ‘YuJa’ referred to, which may be on-screen when using ReCap or via links to some external guidance, this is the software that powers our digital learning capture service which we call ReCap.  Please use ‘ReCap’ when contacting our student and staff help desks.

ReCap Submissions for Assessment using Blackboard Original before 22/23

This guide covers assessing ReCap media embedded within Blackboard Assignments (sometimes known as a ‘Grade Centre’ submissions) using the Original version of Blackboard before 22/23.  Separate guidance is available for the Ultra version of Blackboard used from 22/23.

This guide should be read in conjunction with:

Blackboard Original Assignments – guide for staff: how to set up submission points, access work and add and release marks and feedback.
ReCap Submissions for Assessment in Blackboard Original guide for students: for familiarity with the process students need to follow.

How to Create a Sub-Channel (Folder)

Sub-Channels allow you to organise your media into distinct sub-collections within a designated Media Channel (Module Blackboard ReCap channel).

  • Navigate to the relevant module Blackboard where you wish to set up the sub-channel. 
  • Select the ReCap link.
  • You will now be in that module’s ReCap channel:
Screen image showing a Blackboard module ReCap channel with content in Display format.
Figure 1 - ReCap Channel - in Sort View

Your screen may look different to the above image depending on your choice of display format.  Your screen may look more like this:

Figure 2 – ReCap Channel – In Display View

To switch between the two viewing formats simply select the Format Display icon in the top right-hand area of your window, located just under the Main Menu grid icon.

The above images show content that has been published to that module’s ReCap channel together with 2 folders (Medway Group and Policing & Society).  These folders are known as sub-channels.

Creating a Sub-Channel

Ensure your ReCap channel view is selected to the Sort View

Along the top menu bar select New Sub-Channel. The Create a new Sub-Channel window will open.

Screen image of the Create a new sub-channel window.

Enter a name for your new sub-channel and then select Save. The new folder / sub-channel will appear in your ReCap channel.

ReCap Analytics

There are a couple of ways to see who has watched your ReCap recordings / media, how often and for how long.  Below is probably the most all-round straight forward method.

Accessing Usage & Analytics

Select any ReCap link from any Blackboard site and then select the Main Menu icon from the ReCap channel screen and select Usage & Analytics from the drop-down list:

Screen image showing a ReCap channel in a module Blackboard, highlighting the main menu icon and the Usage & Analytics from the drop-down.

The Usage & Analytics window will open:

Screen image of the Usage and Analytics screen in ReCap including the expanded side menu

The following links will open YuJa’s (CCCU’s ReCap software supplier) own support resources: