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Blackboard Learn: Flickr Mashup

A mashup is a connection Blackboard Learn makes to other online software programs. Flickr is a free online photo gallery service that houses great photos from millions of users all over the world.

Add a Flickr Photo

  1. First, decide where you wish to add a Flickr Photo. Mashups can only be added to Content Areas. To learn how to create a content area, click the Add Content button found in this course.
  2. Next, make sure that Edit Mode is set to ON.
a screenshot of the edit mode toggle  

3. In this example, the instructor had created a “Photo Gallery” content area of her course. Click the content area where you wish to add a photo.

a screenshot of the Photo Gallery content area  

4. In the Photo Gallery content area, click the Build Content button. In the drop-down that appears, find the Mashups area and select Flickr Photo.

a screenshot of the build content drop down menu with the Flickr Photo option highlighted  

5. You will be taken to an area with a search field. Type in your search criteria and click Go.

a screenshot of the search fields and the go button  

6. You may receive a security warning. Click Yes.

a screenshot of the security warning  

7. Flickr will return a list of photo results, each photo with its own thumbnail. To preview a thumbnail, click the Preview button beneath it. To use the photo in your content area, click the Select button beneath it.

a screenshot of the preview and select photo buttons  

8. Once you click “Select” on a photo for the gallery, you will be taken to a page where you may give it a name and description.

a screenshot of the name and description fields for a selected photo  

9. Scroll down for View and Size options and whether or not to show Flickr information. Following that are the typical Blackboard Learn options of attachments, permissions and date criteria.

a screenshot of the Mashup options - view, size, and show Flickr URL and Information  

10. After selecting any attachments, permissions, or date criteria, click Submit.

a screenshot of the Submit option  

11. The Flickr image will appear as an item on the content page. Turn Edit Mode OFF to view your Flickr images from a student perspective.

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