Adding video or other media to your course

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You can add links to video or media directly in the Content area, and it will be organized inside a weekly module, or you can embed video inside the Content page. If you need help with converting a video or deciding where to host your files, fill out the Media Project Intake Request form. Someone with expertise in your project will contact you and lead you through the process.

  • Who is this for: Online Instructors
  • What is required: A Desire2Learn course and video or audio hardware and software

Linking video or media in the Content area

Option 1: If you are linking to a video URL outside of Desire2Learn

To begin, click on the Content link.

  1. Select the module on the left side where you would like to add the link.
  2. Click the New action menu and select New Link.
  3. The New Link window will open. In the Title field, enter a link name. For example: “Sport video” (no quotes).
  4. In the URL field, enter the URL of the video. For example:“http://www.pcc.edu/resources/instructional-support/access/” (no quotes).
  5. Check the box Open in New Window if you want to open the link in a new window.
  6. Click the Create button, and then you will be able to preview the video.

NOTE: To make sure the video link works properly, click the video link that you just created to preview it.

Option 2: If you are linking to a media file that the IS team is converting or hosting for you

To begin, click on the Content link.

  1. Select the module on the left side where you would like to add the media file.
  2. Click the New action menu and select Add Course Files.
  3. The Add a File window will open. Click the videos folder.
  4. Check the box next to the file name of the video that the IS team emailed to you. For example: “career-encounters.html” (no quotes).
  5. Click the Done button.

NOTE: To make sure the video link works properly, click the video link that you just created to preview it.

Embedding video or media in the Content page

Option 3: If you are embedding to a video source outside of Desire2Learn

To begin, click on the Content link.

  1. Select the module on the left side where you would like to add the media file.
  2. Click on the page title where you would like to embed the video. Click the module’s name action menu and select Edit.You can also create a new html page using the New button from within the module and select New Document from the list.
  3. Click the place on the page where you would like the video to appear.
  4. Click the Insert Stuff icon on the right side of the toolbar.
  5. The Insert Stuff window will open. Click on the Enter Embed Code button on the left side.
  6. The Enter Embed Code window will open. Copy and paste the embed code from the video source to the Embed Code field. For example, the following video embed code is from YouTube: “<iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”http://www.youtube.com/embed/r_O8JIw_ryU” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>” (no quotes).
  7. Click the Next button to preview the video.
  8. Click the Insert button, and the page with the complete embedded video will open.
  9. Click the Update button to save the changes of this page.If you created a new html page document from Step 2 earlier, do not forget to enter the title in the Enter a Title field and click the Publish button.

NOTE: To make sure the video link works properly, click the video link that you just created to preview it.

Option 4: If you are embedding to a video source that we host (in Kaltura) or from YouTube

To begin, click on the Content link.

  1. Select the module on the left side where you would like to add the media file.
  2. Click on the page title where you would like to embed the video. Click the module’s name action menu and select Edit.You can also create a new html page using the New button from within the module and select New Document from the list.
  3. Click the place on the page where you would like the video to appear and click the Insert Stuff icon from the toolbar.
  4. The Insert Stuff window will open. Select Kaltura or YouTube from the left area.
  5. Enter the keyword of the video in the Search field and click the Search button. For example: “Killing us softly” (no quotes).
  6. You should see any available video with the keyword that you provided from the Search earlier. For example: the video “Killing Us Softly 4″ will appear on the list. Click on the video to select it and click the Next button.
  7. You may preview the video to make sure the video is the right one for you. You can click the Back button if the video is not the right one and choose the correct one from the list. Click the Insert button to confirm your video selection.
  8. Click the Update button to save the changes of this page.If you created a new html page document from Step 2 earlier, do not forget to enter the title in the Enter a Title field and click the Publish button. The video should be the last one from the list of the module and you can re-arrange it accordingly. To change the ordering, drag the three stripes move icon Move icon to re-order a module or a topic in the Content area to the left of the topic’s name and drag it to above or below the other topic’s name.