Moodle Help & Support (Student)

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This refers to Moodle 3.11 from September 2022 onwards  

You can add a video or audio file to a Moodle forum by using the MediaSpace button as follows:

Navigate to the relevant module, click into the Forum and click to create a new message (e.g., by 'Add a new discussion topic' or 'Reply')

You may need to click "Advanced" to see the Atto formatting bar is displayed below:

New forum post

To upload a media file you have created:

  1. In the upload screen for online text click the 'Mediaspace' button (marked below). You may need to expand the toolbar for it to appear. Do NOT upload it to Attachments.

Mediaspace icon highlighted in toolbar for new forum post

Note: The browser must be set to accept ALL cookies (If at this point you see a message indicating that your browser is blocking third party cookies, see for how to resolve this issue)

2. Once you're in Mediaspace, select Add New > Media Upload in the top-right of the page.

3. Read the copyright statement and tick the 'checkbox', if you agree to it.

Copyright Statement

4. The Upload Media dialog box will open. Drag and Drop a file OR Click '+Choose a file to upload' and navigate to the file you wish to submit.

Drag and drop media box

N.B. for Mac users: Videos created on a Mac sometimes upload without audio and may need to be re-encoded using a free program such as Handbrake)

5. When the file has uploaded (this may take some time, depending on the size), complete the "Name" and "Description"

Adding details on media upload

6. Click 'Save'. This will save your changes only

7. To complete the upload, click 'Save and Embed', then click 'Embed' on the following Preview page.

Save and Embed button
Embed button

8. The file will appear in the Online Text box as a hyperlink.

Mediaspace link in a forum post

Note: You can add text below (or above) the link to complete your post and change your subject line if you wish

9. When you are ready, click 'Post to forum'

Post to forum button

To embed a link to a media file from an external source (e.g., a YouTube video):

  1. Instead of the 'MediaSpace' button, click the 'Link' button

New forum post toolbar with Link button highlighted

2. Paste the URL for your media source into the "Enter a URL" dialog box and click "Open in New Window" then  click 'Create Link' to add link

Create link window

3. The file will appear in the text box as a hyperlink. Your description and any other text can be written underneath the link.

4. Click 'Post to forum' 

See other Help pages about Forums