You can quickly create a "Welcome to the Class" video within Blackboard. The only equipment needed is a computer with a microphone and webcam. Go to the "Videos" section of this site for instructions and a video demonstration. This uses of the "Kaltura Media" mashup with Blackboard.
For more information, contact the University of Miami Blackboard Help Desk at 305-284-3949 or firstname.lastname@example.org