You will need to decide where the video will appear in Moodle. It is usually a good idea to put videos into a separate page or Moodle book (which has multiple pages) rather than directly on the course homepage, as otherwise, students will see the video every time they visit the page. If you are using the Moodle tabs format then embedding a welcome video into a 'Welcome' tab that students will only visit at the start of their module may be a good option too. Just keep in mind when students will access the video and where you can place it to make it easy to access, without cluttering the Moodle course.
Meeting the baseline
The UCL E-Connected Learning Baseline suggests suggests the following for Structure:
- 1.1 Present activities and resources in a meaningful, clearly structured and sequenced way - e.g. chronologically or by theme. Typically each Moodle section represents a topic, which may cover one or more weeks of study.
- Use headings - Use Section Headings for each topic area and heading styles within labels, books and pages to maintain consistency across sections and help students see where they are.
- Clearly group and label items within a section - Bring together common elements, use labels to provide common sub-headings across sections to help students navigate.
The Resources category indicates that you should:
- 5.1 Use descriptive titles for all items and consider displaying the item's description on the course homepage, as this helps students understand the purpose of the activity or resource.
- 5.4 Check resources - Regularly fix or remove broken hyperlinks (URLs) and check that all resources are up-to-date before releasing these to students.
The Accessibility category suggests that you:
- Turn editing on and choose the resource or activity you would like to add the video to.
- Copy the embed code from where the content is located (how to do this will vary depending on where your content is hosted). Here are some common video content sites you might embed from. Services marked with a star* require you to log in using your UCL credentials:
- UCL Streaming Services - you will have been provided with the embed code when Creative Media Services confirm they have uploaded your content.
- UCL MediaCentral* - UCL ’s video portal [Copy the code to the right of the video under Copy Code (to display in page). Select size below this].
- Youtube - [Click on Share and then Embed in the box below the video and select the text in the box that appears. Use Control-C (or right mouse click, Copy) to copy it. Note you can adjust the size and (via the Options drop-down) the start point of your video at this stage].
- Vimeo (like YouTube) [click the Share icon in the top, right of the video - it looks like a paper aeroplane and choose Embed].
- Khan Academy - free online learning resources [Click Share > Embed] to the bottom, right of the video].
- Box of Broadcast* (BoB) - you can embed TV programmes and films relevant to the subject material into your Moodle course for your students to watch [Below the video choose Embed > Embed as code]. To embed a clip from a full BoB video follow these instructions.
- Lynda.comLinkedIn Learning* - click Share (to the top, right of the page) and copy the code under 'Embed this video' in the pop up window.
- Back in Moodle, click on the Edit icon next to your page or label where you want to place your video. In the text editor, click on the HTML button <> to see the underlying code. Decide where you want the video to go (maybe after a title or some text for example) then Control-V (or right mouse click, Paste) to paste it. Click Save and return to course and you will see the video is embedded and ready to play.