About Mashups for Illinois Compass 2g

Mashups allow instructors to add content to a Course that is from an external Web site. This content is used in a variety of ways within a Course: a standalone piece of Course Content, part of a test question, a topic on a Discussion Board, or as part of an assignment. The content displayed in a course will still reside on the external Web site.

Mashups are added as a Content Item in a folder or added through the Text Editor. Adding a Mashup as a Content Item makes it a part of the information that you present to users for them to view. Adding a Mashup using the Text Editor means that you can put Mashups in places where users can interact with the content, such as in Test Questions, Discussion Boards, and Blogs.

Mashups are displayed in the following ways:

  • Embed: The Mashup displays directly on the page when a student opens the item.
  • Thumbnail View with Player: A small picture of the Mashup displays on the page with controls to launch it.
  • Text Link with Player: A link to the Mashup is displayed on the page. Students click the link to launch the Mashup.
  • Example: To encourage discussion about "Hamlet", the Instructor can create a Mashup that includes a video of a scene from a production of the play and a link to a newspaper review of that production.

Default Mashup Types

These are the default Mashups that are included with Blackboard Learn. Other sources are added as Building Blocks. Blackboard Learn supports adding content from the following sources:

  • Flickr: a site for viewing and sharing photographic images.
  • Slideshare: a site for viewing and sharing PowerPoint presentations, Word documents, or Adobe PDF Portfolios.
  • YouTube: a site for viewing and sharing online videos.