Guidance on how to embed ReCap media within submissions for assessment through a Blackboard Assignment (sometimes known as a 'Grade Centre' submission) in the Original version of Blackboard used before 22/23. Separate guidance is available for the Ultra version of Blackboard used from 22/23.
As this guide only covers embedding ReCap within a submission, and does not cover general use of Blackboard Assignments or ReCap, it should be read in conjunction with the following guidance on the Technology Enhanced Learning Knowledge Base for students:
Blackboard Original Assignments guide for students: how to submit work and get your mark and feedback.
General ReCap guidance for students: accessing and managing your uploaded media and (optionally) recording and editing media using ReCap.
Check with your tutor if unsure how to submit your work.
ReCap is powered by software called ‘YuJa’. Wherever you might see ‘YuJa’ think ReCap.
Blackboard Assignments are different to Turnitin submission points. You can’t embed ReCap media within a Turnitin submission. Check with your tutor if unsure where to submit.
If submitting from off-campus, keep file sizes small enough to be able to upload over your internet connection. Uploading media to ReCap on-campus is generally much faster than off-campus because broadband upload speeds are much slower than download. When submitting from off-campus try keeping media files to a few hundred Megabytes and consider not recording in HD (but check with your tutor first if acceptable for assessment purposes).
ReCap media is locked after you embed it in a Blackboard Assignment. You cannot then edit, delete, overwrite or make other changes to it, including its name as it appears to markers, or move it to a different folder in your personal My Media space in ReCap.
ReCap media uploaded at the same time as embedding it in a Blackboard Assignment submission is added to the top-level folder in your personal My Media space and the name is set to the uploaded filename. Because it is immediately locked, consider uploading to ReCap separately, before embedding in submission if you want give it a name other than the media filename and/or store it in a subfolder. (See the general ReCap guidance for students for accessing and managing your uploaded media)
Only use a browser to submit ReCap media for assessment. There is a app for Android and Apple called ‘YuJa Mobile’ which enables you to record and upload media to ReCap, but you cannot use it to embed your ReCap media in a Blackboard Assignment to submit for assessment.
For the best compatibility please use the Chrome browser on all devices, except on iPad/iPhone in which case use Safari.
ReCap needs cookies need to be enabled on your browser to work. See https://support.yuja.com/hc/en-us/articles/360049583574-Enabling-Third-Party-Cookies#enabling-cookies-for-chrome-0-0 for instructions. (Most Safari users will need to do this by unticking the Prevent cross-site tracking option in the privacy settings).
The downloadable guides, located to the right-hand side of this page, demonstrates how to embed ReCap media within submissions for assessment to a Blackboard Assignment (sometimes known as a 'Grade Centre' submission).
The downloadable guide, located to the right-hand side of this page, is a single page, quick reference on how to submit your ReCap media to a Blackboard Assignment.
This video guide demonstrates the steps of how to use ReCap to submit a media or audio file to a Blackboard Assignment for assessment. Please note: Our ReCap service is powered by YuJa, so ReCap media chooser is the same as YuJa media chooser.
Note: if you are creating a 'narrated PowerPoint', a video guide is also available to walk you through how to use PowerPoint for creating a narrated version, view this first, and then use the video guide above to submit the finished media to ReCap and Blackboard.
Go back to the Blackboard Original Assignment submission point and click on it to see your previous submission:
Click on the link to your media within the Blackboard Assignment submission to play it.
Note: If you uploaded your media to ReCap at the point of embedding it into the Blackboard Assignment, or only shortly before, is may still be being processed by ReCap as indicated below:
It will be playable shortly. If you find it is not playable after an hour or two, contact the i-Zone.
Alternatively, you can view your submitted media in your personal ReCap space by clicking on the ReCap link within a Module-level Blackboard site using the Original version of Blackboard and then on My Media:
See the general ReCap guidance for students for accessing and managing your uploaded media and (optionally) recording and editing media using ReCap.
Go back to the Blackboard Original Assignment submission point and click on it to see your previous submission:
The time and date stamp is under the ATTEMPT heading to the right of the page:
The time and date is also in your submission confirmation e-mail.
Note: ignore the time and date stamp from ReCap itself (indicated in image below).
This is the time of uploading, not submission, and may not be in local UK time. Your marker will only look at the time of submission as recorded by the Blackboard Assignment, which is in local UK time.
You can highlight multiple media in the ReCap Media Chooser to embed more than one thing at a time in a Blackboard Assignment submission:
All selected media will be enclosed in blue.
You can also use the Save Draft option on your Blackboard Assignment to save it without submitting it yet...
.. then return later and click Continue to embed more media before you submit it:
You can use this method also if you find you cannot add multiple media from the ReCap Media Chooser, for example on some mobile phone browsers, by adding one then saving as a draft and then returning to add another.
IMPORTANT: your submission is still a draft at this point and your marker cannot see it. Don’t forget to submit it for marking!
ReCap media embedded in a Blackboard Assignment is locked in your My Media space in ReCap (indicated by a padlock icon):
You cannot edit, delete or overwrite it, or otherwise make changes to it, including its name as it appears to markers, or move it to a different folder in your My Media space.
To submit a new version of the media to your marker you need to make a new Blackboard Assignment submission, .
There are two ways you can make a new Blackboard Original Assignment submission – check with your tutor which option to take:
IMPORTANT: submissions made after the deadline, or a personal extension if you have one, are only accepted at the marker’s discretion. Check with your tutor first. If you have made multiple submissions, make sure also they know which version to mark.
Go back to the Blackboard Original Assignment submission point and click on it to see your submission:
Your mark and feedback will be under the ATTEMPT heading to the right of the page:
Check with you tutor when your mark and feedback will be available.
See the Blackboard Original Assignments guide for students for more information about feedback on Blackboard Assignments.
ReCap media embedded in a Blackboard Assignment is locked in your My Media space in ReCap and cannot be copied directly within ReCap to create a new version to submit.
The best way to re-use media you have already submitted for assessment is to keep a ‘master’ copy of the media yourself, outside of ReCap, which you can then edit and upload to ReCap separate from the locked version embedded in your Blackboard Assignment submission.
If you haven’t got a separate copy outside of ReCap, you can download a copy of locked media from ReCap. To do this click the ReCap link within a Module-level Blackboard site using the Original version of Blackboard and then on My Media:
Hover over the locked media and click on More…
Click on the Download Original option in the Download section:
You can re-use this downloaded copy for a new submission.
If you prefer to use ReCap for editing, rather than your own editing software, you will need to upload it to ReCap and edit it before embedding it in a new Blackboard Assignment submission because it will be locked at that point. (see How can I record / edit my media for submission?)
You can record media using the ReCap recorder which captures your computer’s screen and/or web cam and/or microphone. You can also edit media in ReCap (whether it was recorded using ReCap or not.) See the general ReCap guidance for students for instructions.
However, you don’t have to record and edit using ReCap. You can do this however you prefer, for example using a mobile phone or your computer’s in-built camera and editing software.
As well as from a computer, you can upload media directly from a mobile phone to ReCap, so long as you use the recommended browser on your phone (see Things You Need To Know Before You Submit).
If you prefer to use ReCap for recording, it is recommended you do not use the recording option at the point of embedding within the Blackboard Assignment: If you do there is a risk of not being complete your submission if you have internet problems during recording, also the embed option for the Blackboard Assignment may time out if it is a long recording (see Things You Need To Know Before You Submit for advice about file sizes off-campus). Instead, it is recommended you make the recording separately, before embedding in the Blackboard Assignment.
If you haven’t recorded using ReCap before with a particular computer, it is recommended you first do a ‘sound and light check’ by making a short test recording, upload to ReCap and play it back to make sure it has recorded OK on your computer.
If you prefer to use ReCap for editing, rather than your own editing software, you will need to upload it to ReCap and edit it before embedding it in your Blackboard Assignment submission because it will be locked at that point.
Blackboards Assignments are used instead of Turnitin where multiple and/or large files need to be submitted (which Turnitin isn’t designed for) including video and audio media. Media files can be attached directly to a Blackboard Assignment submission, like attaching to an e-mail. However, attachments have to be downloaded by your marker to play and they may not have the correct software installed to play all media file types submitted. Instead, you will usually be asked to embed video and audio within your Blackboard Assignment submission using ReCap which will accept all commonly used media files and your marker will be able to play your work directly from Blackboard.
Note: you can’t embed a ReCap submission in a Turnitin submission, only submissions to Blackboard Assignments. Check with your tutor if unsure how to submit your work.
Check with your tutor first if you have any questions about what, where and when to submit, to check whether you can submit further attempts or clear an incorrect submission, and when and how you will receive feedback on your work.
If you have any technical difficulties, refer first to the Things You Need To Know Before You Submit section and then contact the i-Zone for further help.
As this guide only covers embedding ReCap within a submission, and does not cover general use of Blackboard Assignments or ReCap, it should be read in conjunction with the following guidance:
Blackboard Original Assignments guide for students: how to submit work.
Uploading Media to ReCap guidance for students: accessing and managing your uploaded media and (optionally) recording and editing media using ReCap.