Blackboard Collaborate recordings are transitioning to YuJa Video System

Due to limited server space and additional expenses from the COVID-19 measures, 2018-2021 Bb Collaborate recordings were moved out of Blackboard and into YuJa, the University of Windsor's video enterprise system, in April 2022. 

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Any remaining Bb Collaborate 2022 recordings will be moved to YuJa in February 2023. Instructors can still access and embed the recordings in the LMS (Brightspace effective January 2023) or through the single sign-on to YuJa at HTTP:// YuJa is available to all campus users who have an active UWinID account.   

Instructors must initiate their account in YuJa for the recordings to migrate to their YuJa account directly. Otherwise, recordings will be held in an administrative area in YuJa, where they will be available upon request. 

Action Steps to initiate account

You can initiate your YuJa account by completing one of the following:

  • Option A
    • Log in to HTTP:// and access your YuJa online account.  This will initiate your account, but there is limited functionality as the role will be provisioned as a student.
  • Option B

Once your YuJa account gets initiated, you should receive an email welcoming you to the system. 

If you don’t reply or act on this request, your recordings will be moved into an admin folder in YuJa and will be accessible and available upon request.


Unfortunately, no, but you can easily initiate captioning for those recordings that will be reused by following the directions in this article on auto-captioning.

No. There currently is no way to transfer the chat files from Blackboard to synchronize with YuJa's recordings. However, the chat files are being extracted and would be available separately upon request and indicating the full course number, semester and actual date(s) of the recording.

Individual instructors associated with a course and virtual classroom recordings from Blackboard Collaborate will be migrated into their own folder. If there were previous recordings migrated in April 2022, there will be two migrated video folders (2018-2021, and 2022 will be in a separate folder).  If the instructor has initiated their account in YuJa, the folder will appear in their individual YuJa Media space. Courses or Organizations with multiple instructors, however, will not. They will be combined into a folder for the course that will be available upon request.  In the request, indicate that you were an instructor on the course (please identify the course name, ID, and semester) and that you wish to have copies of the recordings (indicate specific dates). Recordings will be copied or shared with you depending on your preference.

YuJa offers an easier interface to work with and bulk deletions of recordings are much simpler by using multiple select, then delete so you can clean up your collection much quicker than using the Collaborate interface. You can also utilize YuJa's Bulk Multimedia management options such as bulk move, share, tag, download to help manage your collection of media. 

The first batch of recordings up until December 31, 2021, will be in a folder in your "My Media" collection in YuJa (login at HTTP:// The folder may have your user id as the title or may contain the course name or Collaborate in the title. The second folder with recordings from January 1, 2022, until the end of the 2022 year will be in another folder with a similar structure and name but will have another identifying element like "-2" in the folder title. When hovering over the video, click the More button to access the deeper menu options. The chain link icon will reveal the shareable link to the recording. To edit or trim the recording, you can hover over the video and click the "Edit" menu option, which will launch the video editor feature in YuJa.  When done making your changes, you can save it as a new video, replace the current video, or abandon any changes when clicking Save at the top of the Editor window.

Once you have initiated your account to YuJa, embedding YuJa material into your Brightspace course site is quick and easy. YuJa can also create channels when you initiate YuJa in your course site, where you can publish videos into the channel that you can then embed as a playlist into your course site.  Suppose you want your students to be able to publish to the channel. In that case, you will need to submit a Service Request whereby you indicate your course code, semester, and whether you wish your students to be able to download videos or not,  if you want the videos to be locked once a student submits, or you want them to continue editing or modifying the videos.