Finding and Uploading Videos To Use In Your Curriculum

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This tutorial will show you how to:

  • Find Instructional Videos Using YouTube
  • How to Insert Videos into D2L
  • Other Resources for Videos

Along with providing some recommended video repositories.

Using YouTube

  1. Go to YouTube, and type a term to search for in the search bar (ex: ‘chemistry’, ‘biology’, ‘literature’).
    Typing chemistry into YouTube's search bar
  2. Use the filters to help narrow your search.

    The filters menu in YouTube
    Some helpful filters involve upload date, Creative Commons (OER Videos), Subtitles/Closed Caption, and the duration.
  3. Personally, I prefer looking for videos that have Closed Captions on them, as they tend to be of higher quality. Captions can also prove beneficial to your students.
  4. Click on any videos that you wish to use.You should see a button that says ‘Share‘, this button allows you to copy the link to the video, or an embed code for the video. The Embed Code, is code that can have it where the video is directly placed in your content in D2L, complete with the video player and all related functions/features. It allows students to access the material without leaving D2L.
  5. Follow the instructions in the next part of this tutorial, to upload/embed the video into your D2L course.

Insert Videos into D2L

You can upload/embed videos in D2L within Announcements, Discussions, Content, and other areas.

In general you can either link to the video, upload a video file (if you created it), or you can embed the video directly (I.E. if you are writing a discussion post, creating an announcement, or creating a file in content).

To do so, you can either use the ‘Insert Stuff‘ method, or the ‘Upload Video‘ method.

Insert Stuff Method

The Insert Stuff method works best when you are creating an announcement, a discussion post, adding a video to an assignment description, or anything involving D2L’s What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG) Editor.

You should see a screen similar to below, when you are using the WYSIWYG Editor:


You will notice an icon that looks like a play button on top of a dark box:

The Insert Stuff button in D2L
The Insert Stuff button allows you to insert various media in D2L.

After clicking on the button, you

The Insert Stuff menu with all sorts of media options listed.
In general you will usually pick the ‘Insert Link’ or ‘Enter Embed Code’ options.

For most cases, it is best to choose the ‘Enter Embed Code‘ method.

Screenshot of the Embed Media area in D2L, with some embed code placed in.
You will notice in this example, that an embed code from a YouTube video was placed in the ‘Embed Code’ area.

Paste the embed code you copied from YouTube into the Embed Code area and click on Next.

Screenshot of the Embed Code Preview after embed code is placed in the code area.

You will see a preview of your video and what it will look like on D2L. Click ‘Insert‘ to finish and you should now see it in the WYSIWYG Editor.

You can also click on the ‘Insert Link‘ option, and simply paste in the URL to the video and it will create a link.

This method works great, but what about if you want to upload the video directly to content?

Upload Video Method

The easiest way to upload a video to D2L is to go to Content within your course, navigate to the area where you want to upload the video, and click on the ‘Upload/Create‘ option. Then select the ‘Video or Audio‘ option that appears in the dropdown menu.

Upload/Create menu in D2L with the Video or Audio option selected
Make sure to select the Video or Audio option.

Now you can either paste a link to a video, or paste the embed code, and it will allow you to upload the video to your content area.

Uploading a Video to D2L using the Embed Code method.
This also works when embedding audio files, if you have the embed code.

In addition, the Upload tab, allows you to upload any video files that you may have on your computer/device. For example, you recorded a WebEx Video or recorded a quick instructional video from your phone.

Be sure to check out the recommended resources for other places to search for videos.

Other Resources for Videos