Adding Videos to Drexel Streams and Blackboard

Drexel Streams is a media server which can store an unlimited amount of video for anyone with a Drexel account. It is the recommended storage space for any video lectures that faculty wish to share in Blackboard, and it can serve as long-term storage for any recordings made in Zoom.

Accessing Drexel Streams

  1. Log into Drexel One at one.drexel.edu
  2. Navigate to the Campus + Community tab on the top-right
  3. Scroll down to the bottom-right of the page until you see the “Technology Services” section
  4. Click on Drexel Streams

Beginning in 2021, cloud recordings in Zoom will be automatically saved to Drexel Streams. If you recorded your lecture in Zoom, skip to Renaming your video in Drexel Streams below.

If you did not record your video in Zoom, or if you have another video file that you want uploaded to Drexel Streams, use the following steps:

Uploading your video to Drexel Streams

    1. Click on Add New in the top right and select Media Upload
    2. Agree to the terms and conditions
    3. Click the Choose a File to Upload button to browse your computer and select a video file
    4. Be sure to clearly title your video. We recommend including the lecture’s topic, as well as the folder where it should appear in your course. Clearly labeling your videos will help you when you’re ready to get them into Blackboard. The video’s title can always be updated, as well.
    5. We also recommend tagging your videos. Doing so will make it easy to find all the videos you recorded for a specific course. We suggest creating tags for the course title and the term which the class was held. For example, here are some basic tags one might use:

    • ECON-201
    • FA20-21

    6. You can also change the privacy settings as you are uploading. It will default to “Private”. You should not have to change this setting to include them in Blackboard.

Renaming your video in Drexel Streams

You may decide to rename your video once it has uploaded to Drexel Streams. Keep in mind that Zoom cloud recordings will automatically be titled with the name of the Zoom meeting. We recommend renaming your recordings in Drexel Streams, otherwise all of your video lectures for a class will have the same title.

  1. Locate the video you need to edit in the My Media page
  2. Click on the pencil icon to the right of the video to bring up edit options:
    Edit options
  3. Here you can rename your video, add a description, and tags
  4. Click Save once you have renamed your video

There are other settings on this page, which instructors can usually leave as-is. Reach out to LeBow Instructional Tech if you have any questions about modifying settings in Drexel Streams.


Adding your videos from Drexel Streams to Blackboard

Blackboard and Drexel Streams are integrated, so any video you have in Drexel Streams can be added to your course directly from within Blackboard. However, Blackboard will only show you videos that are stored under your Drexel Streams account (not videos of other users). So TAs and other technology staff will not be able to add videos to Blackboard that are stored under your account. In Blackboard, Drexel Streams is known as “Kaltura.”

To add your Drexel Streams video to a course in Blackboard, follow these steps:
1. Log into Blackboard at learn.drexel.edu, and click on the desired course
2. Select the content area where you would like to add your video
3. Go to Build Content > Kaltura Media (listed under Mashups)

Build Content menu

4. Select your video by either scrolling through your Drexel Streams library or by searching for the video in the “search” field
5. Title your selected video. You can also add an optional description and set the availability dates
6. Click Submit



This process of storing videos in Drexel Streams and then adding them to Blackboard using the Kaltura Media tool is the recommended practice to add your videos to your course in Blackboard. Video files should not be directly uploaded to Blackboard courses because of performance issues and storage limitations.