Mashups

Mashups are links to Flickr photos, SlideShare presentations or YouTube videos. They can be created as standalone items on a page using the Build Content option on any Content Page or alternately, within LMS Items, Announcements or any other tool that contains the VTBE (visual text box editor).

Location of Mashups option on a content page
Location of Mashups option on a Content Page
Location of Mashups tool in the text box
Location of Mashups tool in the visual text box editor

The process for linking to each of the three mashups is very similar. Examples of the two methods (link to a single mashup and link to a mashup via a text box) are below. YouTube mashups will be used as the example.

Link to a single YouTube video

This creates a single item with an optional description that links to YouTube.

  1. Navigate to the subject page in the LMS where the YouTube video will appear.
  2. Ensure Edit Mode is ON.
  3. From Build Content select Mashup, YouTube Video.
  4. Enter search criteria and click Go.
  5. Items that match your search criteria will be displayed.
  6. Click Select below an item to select it.
  7. Enter an alternate name and add a description if desired.
  8. Select Mashups Options as desired:
  • Thumbnail – displays a single frame from the video with a Watch Video link. Click to open a dialog box containing the video with player controls. The Thumbnail option is the one shown in the example below.
  • Text Link with Player – displays a Watch Video link only. Click to open a dialog box containing the video with player controls.
  • Embed Video – displays a single frame from the video with player controls. Video will play at this size in this window.
  1. Select Show YouTube URLYes. Show YouTube information is selected as Yes by default.
  2. Select other options as desired.
  3. Click Submit.
A YouTube video displayed as a thumbnail
A YouTube video displayed as a thumbnail

Note: Once you click submit you are not easily able to edit the settings for displaying your YouTube video. If you need to change settings, it is often quicker to delete the video and insert again. The Delete option is available under the down arrow next to the Mashup’s name.

Embed YouTube video(s) within an item

  1. Navigate to the subject page in the LMS where the YouTube video will appear.
  2. Ensure Edit Mode is ON.
  3. From Build Content select Item.
  4. Enter a name and add text as desired.
  5. At the desired location in the text box click Mashups and select YouTube Video.
    Note: It is usually easier to enter most of the text before attempting to place the Mashup. This is especially true if text is to appear above and below the Mashup.
Mashups icon
Mashups icon
  1. Enter search criteria and click Go.
  2. Items that match your search criteria will be displayed.
  3. Click Select below an item to select it.
  4. Enter an alternate name if desired.
  5. Select Mashups Options as desired:
  • Thumbnail – displays a single frame from the video with a Watch Video link. Click to open a dialog box containing the video with player controls.
  • Text Link with Player – displays a Watch Video link only. Click to open a dialog box containing the video with player controls.
  • Embed Video – displays a single frame from the video with player controls. Video will play at this size in this window. The Embed Video option is the one shown on this page.
  1. Select Show YouTube URLYes. Show YouTube information is selected as Yes by default.
  2. Click Submit.
    Note: Once you click submit you are not easily able to edit the settings for displaying your YouTube video. If you need to change settings, it is usually quicker and easier to delete the video and insert it again. Click and drag across the Mashup to select then press Delete on your keyboard to remove it.
  3. Finish creating your item.
  4. Click Submit.

Below is an example of an item containing some text and an embedded YouTube video.

An item containing text and an embedded YouTube video
An item containing text and an embedded YouTube video

This guide was last updated 09 Nov 2017.
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