Embedding a prezi in your Blackboard course

As part of our Blackboard Winter Festival we included a 2 hour workshop on Presentation Design with Prezi. This turned out to be our most popular workshop. It seems that lots of staff are interested in getting started with Prezi.

In case you missed the workshop, Blaneth has put together an online tutorial, where she steps you through the mechanics of creating a short Prezi presentation. You can find the online tutorial on the CELT website.

But now that you have created a Prezi, how can you put it on Blackboard? Luckily, the steps are quite easy, with one little trick that you need to know.

Step 1: Get the embed code of your Prezi.

Go to your presentation on the prezi site. Just underneath the presentation you should see an Embed button.

Prezi Embed buttonClick this and a new window opens up. You can decide how your students should navigate the Prezi (free or according to the path you have defined) and even change the size, if you want. Then click Copy code to clipboard to grab the embed code.

Prezi Embed CodeStep 2: Create a new item in your Blackboard course

Now, in your Blackboard course, navigate to the content area where you want the prezi to appear. With Edit Mode on, create a new item in the course.

Create new itemEnter a title for the item (e.g. presentation on Web 2.0 from February 12th). Then, in the text box, click the little HTML button (in red below) to switch to HTML mode.

HTML mode[Note: if you don’t see three rows of buttons in the text editor, click on the chevron (indicated in green) to expand the text editor options]

In the HTML code view that now appears, paste the embed code that you copied at Step 1. Now, here’s the little trick! In the first line of the code, where you see

<iframe src="http://prezi.com/

add the character ‘s’ at the end of http to give

<iframe src="https://prezi.com/

So, your HTML code view should look something like this (change highlighted in yellow):

Insert embed codeNow click Update, and you will be returned to the Add Item screen. In the text box you should see the shape of your prezi, but not the prezi itself. Don’t worry!

You can add text around the prezi shape, if you want to add some details. You can add attachments or set availability options, as usual.

When you are ready, click the submit button. You should now find that the prezi appears within your Blackboard page and can be seen and navigated by your students.

Embedded preziYou can use the same approach if you want to embed a prezi within, for example, a blog post or wiki on Blackboard. This means that your students can also use prezi and use these tools for sharing with their classmates.

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8 Responses to Embedding a prezi in your Blackboard course

  1. Traci says:

    Wish I had found your post several days ago. You’ve just made my day!!

  2. Michael Spooner says:

    Thank you so much for posting this. I was missing the “s” and not getting it to work.

    • sharonlflynn says:

      That’s great Michael. We also recently discovered that it works for embedded YouTube videos when students post in a Bb blog or wiki.

  3. surgeons says:

    Howdy! I could have sworn I’ve been to this blog before but after checking through some of the post I realized it’s new to me.
    Anyhow, I’m definitely delighted I found it and I’ll be book-marking and checking
    back frequently!

  4. sergio says:

    Bueno, en mi caso no puedo decir lo mismo, seguí al pie de las letras y no pude, se carga el prezi embebido, pero al actualizarlo sale en blanco, no sé si sea problema de explorador o qué pasaraá, si alguien me puede colarar con mucho gusto.

    • sharonlflynn says:

      Sorry to hear it didn’t work for you Sergio. I don’t know what to suggest – this workaround still holds for us, and also for embedded YouTube videos, as we recently discovered.

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