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This refers to Moodle 3.10 from August 2021 onwards
Moodle Help & Support
Note: When adding video resources to a module, colleagues are recommended to use Echo360 as a first approach, but this does not exclude Kaltura/Mediaspace.
How to: Add Video and Audio in Moodle
You can easily upload and share media files in Moodle and your students will be able to play the content back on any device.
You can also ask your students to submit media as part of their assignments. If you want to do this, please refer to the alternative documentation How to add a Video or Audio Assignment
If you want to upload media files outside of Moodle, please refer to the alternative documentation: Using MediaSpace
Sections of this resource:
Over view of putting video in Moodle
1. How to add Engage recordings with the Echo360 link in Moodle
First, provide a link to all of the videos attached to your module. You can also add individual videos wherever appropriate in the module page.
To add the Echo360 link in Moodle:
- Login to Moodle at moodle.nottingham.ac.uk
- Go to your Moodle page and click on the 'Turn editing on' button
- Go to the section where you would like the recordings to appear and select the + Add an Activity or resource hyperlink
- From the Activities presented, click on the 'Echo360 Cloud' resource
5. Give the activity a name, for example 'View all Lecture recordings for this module', and 'Save and return to module'
6. Click on the 'Turn editing off' button on the top right side of your Moodle page
You should find that your module is already linked correctly to the Echo360 Engage system by default.
If you find that your module is not linked (sometimes this can happen, especially if the module is not a Campus credit-bearing module) or you are a new user, please follow the instructions below to link Moodle to Echo360 Engage:
(New users need to make sure you have been set up in the Engage system (email firstname.lastname@example.org))
Selecting the videos
- Go back into the Engage link you set up above. (The title will be whatever you entered)
- When you click on the link you will see a screen asking you to 'Choose (or create) a section'.
- Select the 'Term', the 'Course' (The code of the module you're in) and the 'Section' then
- To add:
- a link to ALL the recordings for that module, click on 'Link Content'
- a link a single video, click on 'Link to a classroom', select the video and then click on 'Link content'
New feature in Moodle 3.8: You can also add individual Echo360 videos into your Moodle page. Please embed them in Pages, or Books if possible.
Avoid Labels where possible, as too many videos embedded on the front page of a module can slow down the loading of the page by up to a minute.
The following other resources are also relevant to this topic:
There is a very helpful Moodle module Introduction to Engage for Staff with lots of useful information
There is also a helpful Xerte toolkit on Engaging and Monitoring Students Using Echo360
More information about using Echo360 Engage is at How to add Engage recordings, via the Echo360 Engage link in Moodle
Below we cover using MediaSpace.
2. Adding a video via MediaSpace
This summarises the process:
- Log into Moodle, navigate to your Moodle module and click on the 'Turn editing on' button (top right).
- To add a media item to your Moodle module, go to the section where you want it and click on the + .
- Click on the words 'Media Resource' which will take you directly to the 'Adding a new Media Resource' screen
4. In the 'Adding a new Media Resource' screen enter the 'Name' for the media resource
5. Click on the 'Add media' button to open a pop-up window to access or upload a video or audio file or webcam
- If the video is present click Select
- When the video appears, select Save and return to Module
6. When finished click on the 'Turn editing off' button
NOTE: Maximum size for video or audio is 2 GB. We expect most to be smaller than this.
For more detailed instructions including screenshots, refer to the following Step by Step instructions
3. Step by Step with MediaSpace
- Upload your video or audio to My Media
- Make the media visible to students in your module in Moodle
- How to embed media
Upload your video or audio to My Media
Create your media, or have it ready on your computer (ensure if you did not create the media that you have copyright permission from whoever did create it).
This might include:
- Recording audio
- Recording a voiceover on a Powerpoint and saving as a video (.mp4)
- Recording a video or audio on your phone (you will probably need to transfer it to your computer e.g., directly or via email)
- Using third party software to record a video (e.g., Camtasia) or web-based animations that you then download as a video (.mp4)
- Recording of a Teams meeting (download it from Stream, or if you are an associate, download it from within the chat for the meeting. The recording will belong to the person who pressed Record.)
To upload the media:
- In your Dashboard or module, click the Hamburger menu
- Select My Media
- Click Add New
- From the short dropdown menu click Media Upload
- Tick the box to acknowledge that you have ownership or permission from the copyright holder
- Scroll down to select or drag and drop the file you want to upload - either audio (usually mp3 but the system will accept most formats) or video (usually mp4)
- Add a Name and Description to your media file
NOTE: We recommend you develop a clear and comprehensive naming convention, including title, module name and code, session, lecture number, and academic year, with the description including details of when recorded, version number if you use them, and who recorded it and/or owns the recording. This will make it easier to keep track of your videos year on year as you add to your collection. You can also tags which will also help you (and possibly others) to search for and manage media files.
- When the green bar states that the upload is complete, click Save
Make the media visible to students in your module in Moodle
- Navigate to your Moodle module and click 'Turn editing on'
- Select 'Media Resource' from the Resources section and then click on 'Add'
4. Enter a "Name" and "Description"
5. Select 'Add Media' from the "Video" section.
A new window will open that contains the Kaltura 'Browse and Embed' page
6. You can add your own video or audio that you uploaded to 'My Media' or the 'Media Gallery' (see step above). Rarely, you may want to add a resource from the 'Shared Repository' (ie media that others have shared).
7. Select your resource and determine the frame size, by clicking on the downward triangle, then click 'Select'. This will return you to the module settings page and your resource will appear in the "Video" section.
8. If you wish to add another resource, click 'Add Media', otherwise click 'Save and Return to Module'.
9. When you have finished, click on the 'Turn editing off' button
Your resource will appear in the nominated topic like this:
Students just click on the name and will be taken to the video. That's all you have to do.
How to embed media
Alternatively, you can embed media in a page on your Moodle site.
- To begin, click on Cogwheel Icon > Filters And set "Media Resources" to 'On'
2. You can now embed media in any Moodle resource or activity that includes the text editor by clicking on the 'Embed Media' icon in the editor toolbar.
NOTE: We STRONGLY recommend using Page or Book, as embedding media in a Label on the front page of a module will slow the page down for both students and staff and sometimes make it impossible to open.
3. Again, you will be taken to the Kaltura 'Browse and Embed' page to select the resource you want to embed
4. In the Text Editor, the embedded media will appear as a hyperlink.
- However, after clicking Save Changes the resource will appear in the topic as you would expect.
How to allow download of media (e.g., by students)
To allow viewers to download a media item:
- Open your My Media page (under Site home in the Navigation block)
2. Click the 'Edit' pencil iconfor the media you want to let viewers download. This will open the Edit Media page
3. Choose the Downloads tab beneath your media and select the check box(es) next to the version(s) that you would like to make available for downloading. Do not allow download of the source file as this may not be in a format compatible to the viewer's device. Then click 'Save'
Now viewers will see a download option when they view this content in the Media Gallery.
The following other resources are also relevant to this topic:
- Video and Audio Support Workspace with more info about using video and audio