Tips & tricks: Using videos in your course
May 01, 2008 by Tina Deines
Including videos in your course is easier than you think. You can link to Internet videos, like those on YouTube or CNN, or upload original video files to your course.
LinkingIf you find a video on YouTube and want your class to watch it, linking is the way to go. 1. Decide where you want to place the link. This can be in an assignment, welcome message, announcement, or a message board thread. You can also create a link in your Modules (through Manage Files), but this is done differently. See Linking in Modules below.
Type some simple instructions in the HTML Editor box (this is the box where you type your question, welcome message, announcement, or thread). For example, type, “Click here to watch a YouTube video.”
Highlight the text that you want to be linked. In our example, highlight the words “Click here”.
Click the hyperlink button. It looks like a globe with a paper clip. A pop-up window will open.
In the URL box, type or copy/paste the Web site address (URL) of the video. Click the OK button.
Preview the question or announcement, and click your link.
Linking in Modules1. Open the Manage Files tool.
On the toolbar, click the New Item button.
Select Hyperlink from the menu.
Type the Link Text (what your students will see) and type or copy/paste the Web site address (URL) of the video.
Publish the link to your students after creating the link.
UploadingYou can upload original video files that you created or have permission to use. Files can be any video format. Some common formats include Flash, MPEG, QuickTime, Windows Media and Real Media. The video will open in your student’s chosen video-viewing method.
Open the Manage Files tool.
On the toolbar, click the Upload button.
- Basic File Upload: browse for the video file, and click Open. Click the OK button when you are done.
- Drag and Drop Applet: drag the video file into the Upload Files window, and click the Close button when you are done.
- Publish the video to your students by clicking the Publish button.