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Viewing Video Recorded Courses

Some professors record their classes so you can watch them at your convenience from anywhere. Learn how to access your recorded classes through UBlearns (using Echo360).


  • High-speed Internet connection such as ResNet, computers in UBIT computing sites, or (from off-campus) FiOS or Time Warner
  • Headphones, if watching in a computing site
  • Flash player, if watching through a Web browser
  • A media player, such as VCL, if you want to download the recording and view it

Viewing courses can be done using any Web browser, however an update to a browser may cause it to not work; try a different browser if one browser doesn't work.

Recording Preparation Time

It may take up to 12 hours for each course to process and appear in UBlearns.

Logging Into UBlearns to View Recordings

You can only view video recordings for courses in which you are enrolled.

If you are running AnyConnect software, you must disconnect  from it before you are able to view or listen to recordings.

In UBlearns, in your course, under classroom recordings, choose recorded lectures

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  1. Log into UBlearns.
  2. Select your course.
  3. In the Course Menu on the left, select Classroom Recordings.
  4. Select Recorded Lectures.You can now see all available recordings for your course.

Downloading Recordings

The ability to download a recording is at the discretion of the instructor. If the option is available:

See different downloads available.

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  1. Select the recording you want to view or hear.
  2. Select the Information tab.
  3. View the Downloads types available - audio(mp3) and video (m4v).
  4. Choose a download type:
    • Select Audio if you only want to listen to the lecture.
    • Select Video if you want to see content and listen to audio.

Adjusting Playback Speed

You can speed up or slow down the rate of the recording.


The video window will stop playing when you change speeds.

Adjusting Speed Using a Web Browser

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  1. Hover over the speed icon.
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    2.  The speed icon will open to reveal a

    3.  Adjust the playback speed by moving the

Adjusting Speed Using a Media Player

Most media players have the ability to change playback speed. UB has had success viewing classroom recordings using VLC as a media player.

VLC is a free and open source multimedia player and framework that plays most files as well as DVD, audio CD, VCD, and various streaming protocols. It is helpful for viewing some course video.

Viewing Recordings on Mobile Devices

On mobile devices, you can only stream content plus audio (or audio only). Rich media playback, which includes instructor video plus content, is only available on desktop computers with Flash Player installed.

iOS and Android Devices

View content plus audio through either a Web browser app or the Blackboard Mobile Learn app.

Blackboard Mobile Learn is a free application that brings UBlearns to mobile devices.

Getting Help

For assistance with viewing classroom recordings, contact the CIT Help Desk.

The CIT Help Desk provides assistance in accessing UB IT services.

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