Create a course media gallery

Every Blackboard course can host a Media Gallery containing media items related to the course. Once made available, all students enrolled on the course will be able to access, and optionally, add content to the Media Gallery. Alternatively, it can be used to share media with other instructors on the course.

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Add a Media Gallery to your course

  1. Log into MUSE and open Blackboard.




  2. Open the relevant course and ensure that Edit Mode is on.




  3. On the left hand course menu click the Add Menu Item (+ icon) button and select Tool Link.

Blackboard's Add Menu Item menu with Tool Link highlighted


















Blackboard Tool Link menu. Name field, tool type menu, Available to Users tickbox highlighted

  1. Enter a Name for the Media Gallery.




  2. Select Media Gallery from the Tool Link Type dropdown menu.




  3. Tick the Available to Users checkbox.




  4. Click Submit.

Add media to a Media Gallery

  1. Click the Media Gallery link on the left hand course menu.




  2. Click the Add Media button to add media from your My Media library.

Tip: If you haven’t uploaded the item to your My Media yet, click Add New and follow the prompts to upload a new media file from your computer.

  1. Tick the checkboxes next to the media items you wish to add.




  2. Click Publish to add all the select media items to the Media Gallery.

Students can also add media and post comments in the Media Gallery. This can be moderated by changing the settings detailed in the Edit a Media Gallery section below.


Remove media from a Media Gallery

  1. Click the Media Gallery link on the left hand course menu.

Remove media from a Media Gallery. Three dots icon in bottom right and X icon highlighted

  1. Click the three dots icon in the bottom right hand corner of the media item you want to remove.




  2. Click the X icon that appears and confirm you want to remove the item by clicking Remove.

Edit a Media Gallery

  1. Click the Media Gallery link on the left hand course menu.




  2. Click the Menu button (three bars icon) in the top right of the Media Gallery page, and select Edit.

Media Gallery details tab. Description field, metadata tags, additional options and save highlighted

  1. In the Details tab you can add an optional description and metadata tags for the Media Gallery.




  2. You can also select/deselect the following options in the Details tab:
  • Moderate content (media will not appear in media gallery until approved by the gallery manager): You should tick this box if you wish to review any media students add to the gallery before it is published.
  • Enable comments in Media Gallery: This determines whether students are able to post comments in the gallery.
  • Keep comments private to Media Gallery: This determines whether comments added to media in the Media Gallery will be contained solely within the gallery, or if they will be published on the media item’s My Media page as well.
  • Display embedded media in this Media Gallery: This option will pull all Kaltura media files embedded in your course into the Media Gallery.

Please note: The Display embedded media in this Media Gallery option will include media set to be unavailable to students and negate adaptive release conditions, so exercise caution. Interactive video quizzes will not appear automatically in the Media Gallery and have to be added manually.

  1. Click Save.

Moderate Media Gallery content

Students can also add media to a course’s Media Gallery. Moderation can be enabled by following the instructions in the Edit a Media Gallery section above.

Follow these steps to approve or reject media students have added:

  1. Click the Media Gallery link on the left hand course menu.




  2. Click on the Pending tab. This will only be displayed if there are media items pending moderation.




  3. You can view the media item pending moderation by clicking on the thumbnail image.




  4. Click Approve to publish the media item to the Media Gallery, or Reject to not include it.

Organise media in a Media Gallery

Playlists allow you to organise media in a Media Gallery. For example, you could organise media by course week, theme, topic or student generated media.

  1. Click the Media Gallery link on the left hand course menu.




  2. Click the Menu button (three bars icon) in the top right of the Media Gallery page, and select Create channel playlist.




  3. Enter a Title for the playlist. You can also add an optional Description and metadata Tags. Then click Create.




  4. Use the dropdown menu to choose to add items to the playlist from your My Media library or the course’s Media Gallery.

Media Gallery channel playlist page, dropdown menu to choose media from My Media or Media Gallery

  1. Click the + button next to the media item to add it to the playlist.




  2. Playlists can be reordered by clicking the two lines icon and manually dragging the items into your preferred order, or by clicking the three dots icon and selecting Move to Bottom or Move to Top.

Demonstration of reorganising items in a Media Gallery playlist

  1. Click Go to Media Gallery when you have finished ordering your playlist, then click Save on the next screen to save your new playlist.

Publish media to multiple Course Media Galleries

If you have media content that is relevant across a number of Blackboard courses, it is possible to publish media to multiple Course Media Galleries at the same time.

  1. Log into MUSE and open Blackboard.




  2. Click Tell US & Tools on the left hand menu, and select My Media.




  3. Tick the checkbox to the left of the media item(s) you want to publish to Course Media Galleries.




  4. Click the Actions menu in the top left of the screen and select Publish.




  5. On the next screen change the Publishing Status to Published and the Publish in Gallery pane will appear.




  6. Tick the checkboxes next to the Course Media Galleries you wish to add the media to.




  7. Click Save.

Tip: When publishing media to multiple galleries, ensure the Media Gallery link has been made available in each Blackboard course so students can access it.