Posting TechSmith Relay Notifications to Blackboard

What is the TechSmith Relay Blackboard Building Block?

The Blackboard building block for TechSmith Relay is basically a plugin for Blackboard, which extends its functionality, allowing it to communicate with TechSmith Relay.  To successfully post notifications, Blackboard must be enabled as a publishing destination on the TechSmith Relay website, and you must also have the TechSmith Relay building block installed on your Blackboard server.

Note: This feature does not send actual videos from TechSmith Relay to your Blackboard installation. Rather, it allows you to send notifications that TechSmith Relay videos have been processed, and are ready to view.

Where do I Enable the TechSmith Relay Blackboard Building Block?

TechSmith Relay can automatically post announcements on Blackboard. Configuring Blackboard announcements is a two-step process. First, install the TechSmith Relay Building Block on Blackboard and establish the Shared Secret. Next, configure TechSmith Relay to publish Blackboard announcements.

Install the TechSmith Relay Building Block

  1. Locate the TechSmith Relay Building Block (RelayAnnounce.war) installed during the server installation at: C:\Program Files\Techsmith\Relay Server\Blackboard Building Block
  2. Go to your Blackboard site. i.e. http://blackboard.example.com.
  3. Click User Login and sign in as a System Administrator.
  4. Click the System Admin tab.
  5. Click Building Blocks.
  6. Click Installed Tools.
  7. Click the Upload Building Blocks button.
  8. Under Install Building Block, browse to RelayAnnounce.war. Click Open.
  9. Click the Submit button and verify that the Building Block is available.
  10. Note: The configuration steps vary depending on your version of Blackboard LearnTM. TechSmith Relay currently supports release 9.1. The TechSmith Relay Blackboard plug-in has been tested with version 9.1.407.

  11. Click the Settings button. This displays the Shared Secret.
  12. Choose and enter a secure Shared Secret, and make a note of it, as you will also need to enter the Shared 
Secret into TechSmith Relay.

To Configure a Blackboard Server:

  1. Go to Profiles > Notification Server Setup > Blackboard Server tab.
  2. Enter a title (name) for the server.

  3. Enter the Blackboard URL and Shared Secret.
  4. Click Save.

What Are the Requirements I Should Know About?

You can find a list of all TechSmith Relay system requirements in the TechSmith Relay Installation Guide, located on the TechSmith Relay Documentation Page.

On a security note - if Blackboard notification is enabled, then ports 80 and 443 must be open (outgoing) between all TechSmith Relay servers and the designated Blackboard server. More information can be found in the TechSmith Relay Server Security Administrator Guide, also located on the TechSmith Relay Documentation Page.

What Versions of Blackboard are Supported?

Blackboard Learn 9.1

Presenter

Title Category Level Format
000 - TechSmith Relay Recorder Overview Getting Started I Video
001 - The TechSmith Relay Website Website I Video
002 - The Portable Recorder Record II Written
003 - Introduction to Profiles Getting Started I Written
004 - Captioning and Audio Search Captioning I Video/Written
005 - How Do I Capture System Sound in My TechSmith Relay Recordings? Record I Video
006 - TechSmith Relay and Camtasia Studio 8 Integration Integration II Written
007 - TechSmith Relay and Camtasia for Mac Integration Integration II Written
008 - Audio Tips Tips II Written
009 - Tested Microphones and Cameras Tips I Written
010 - Record When Not Online Getting Started I Written
011 - Encoding Types Share I Written

Administrator

Title Category Level Format
000 - Create a Profile Profile Management I Written
001 - Encoding Types Share I Written
002 - The Global Caption Editor Role Caption I Written
003 - Distribute the Portable Recorder Administration I Written
004 - TechSmith Relay and Camtasia for Mac Integration Integration II Written
005 - TechSmith Relay and Camtasia Studio 8 Integration Integration II Written
006 - Automatically Assign Profiles Profile Management I Written
007 - Uploading TechSmith Relay Videos to YouTube Publish II Video
008 - Posting TechSmith Relay Notifications to Blackboard Integration II Written
009 - Adding Mediasite and Drupal Publishing Destinations Publish II Video
010 - Using Self-Signed Security Certificates Administration II Video
011 - Thinking About Server Architecture Administration II Video
012 - Sanity Check Your IIS Settings Administration II Video
013 - Tested Microphones and Cameras Tips I Written