How do I make video files available to students?
The three most commonly used options on campus are:
Moodle. Best for audio and short video (<≈20 mins) clips, and for sharing links to streaming video.
YouTube. Best for longer videos and videos you plan to re-use often or share outside of Moodle. Not suitable for copyrighted material.
Tegrity. Best for lecture capture, and longer copyrighted material for which we cannot purchase a streaming license.
Information about options for collecting and sharing audiovisual recordings, especially in the context of student assignments, can be found in this Tech Doc.
For a more detailed comparison see the guide below.
Uploading Audio and Video Files to Moodle
You can add audio files and short video clips to Moodle in one of two ways:
1. Upload your file directly (the max size is 128MB, or 10-15 minutes of video)
2. Add a Campus Pack Podcast activity to your course, and upload and post media files there (the max size is 250MB).
Longer videos need to be hosted on a streaming video serverStreamed video is hosted by a service like YouTube, Tegrity, Vimeo or Netflix; when the viewer clicks play the server transmits and presents video data in real time, without the file needing to be fully downloaded to the viewer's computer. and then linked to or embedded in your Moodle page.
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Uploading Video to YouTube
YouTube is free, and as an industry leader, is widely integrated with other platforms (like WordPress, etc.), which makes it a great option for sharing video that you create or that is in the public domain. YouTube videos do not have to be public, but can be either private, unlisted (visible only to those to whom you give the link), or public. You can now upload videos longer than 15 minutes if you verify your account.
Uploading video to Tegrity
Tegrity enables instructors to quickly record classes or lectures and post the recordings for students to review. Instructors simply log in to Tegrity on a computer to start and stop the recording, and Tegrity does the rest. By default, access is restricted to students in the class, who can watch on any computer or iOS/Android mobile device.
For more information see our full page on Tegrity Lecture Capture.
The doctrine of fair use allows educational institutions to display or perform legally aquired copies of a copyrighted work in the course of face-to-face teaching activities. Fair use in an online educational setting is less clear-cut.
If you need to use short audio or video clips for a course, limit access to class members, who should not download copies for anything other than private, educational use.
If you need to make an entire video or audio work available to students digitally, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org about purchasing a license to stream it for your course. If no streaming option exists, we can contact the publisher for permission to make and stream our own digital copy.
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