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Moodle Teacher Guide: Add Video or Audio Podcasts

This guide offers information, advice and resources on how to create an effective online course.

Add video and audio podcasts to Moodle

Podcasts are recorded digital audio and video files that can be downloaded or played from the Internet. Use podcasts in your Moodle course to enhance your instruction. 

Students use podcasts to:

  • learn new concepts prior to class (flipped classroom)
  • review lecture information before taking a test
  • control the pace of the instruction delivery by stopping, starting, and reviewing parts of podcasts at will
  • engage in course materials that augment classroom instruction or present information in a different way

Items Needed

Depending on the type of podcast you wish to create, you may not use all of the following materials.

  • Computer
  • speakers
  • microphone (USB offers the best quality recordings)
  • webcam
  • Internet access
  • Web Browser (Firefox, IE, Chrome, etc.)

Creating Audio and Video Podcasts

Use the following resources to create your own podcasts or access pre-recorded podcasts from the Internet.  Most of the listed resources are free or already installed on university computers. 

All podcasts should be made accessible for students needing accomodations.  For more information about how to make instructional materials accessible, see Accessibility


Audio recordings:

Video recordings:

  • Record Yourself (need a webcam)
    • Microsoft Movie Maker (PC) - free download
    • iMovie (Mac) - found in Applications folder

* Instructional materials that are not your own work are subject to copyright laws and must be used in accordance with the US Copyright Act, Title 17.  Fair Use allows for the use of copywrited work for educational purposes with some restrictions.  Read more about Fair Use

 

Multimedia Files that Play in Moodle

Certain multimedia files play in Moodle because of Moodle's built-in media players. Other multimedia files in Moodle will play if the user has the appropriate programs on their computer or web browser plug-ins. Audio and video files that don't play in Moodle need to be converted to one of the file formats listed below. Save the files in an appropriate format or use a tool, such as Zamzar to convert files.


The following is a list of file types that play in Moodle 2.6:

Video:

  • YouTube videos (displays videos hosted on youtube)
  • Vimeo (displays videos hosted on Vimeo)
  • .mp3 - MPEG Audio Stream, Layer III
  • .flv - flash video
  • .f4v - Flash video
  • .swf - Macromedia Flash animation files
  • .webm - HTML 5 video
  • .m4v - HTML 5 video
  • .ogv - HTML 5 video

Audio:

  • .ogg - HTML 5 audio
  • .acc - HTML 5 audio
  • .mp3 - HTML 5 audio

Legacy media players are also available but not recommended for general use:

  • .mpv - requires QuickTime player or codec
  • .mp4 - requires QuickTime player or codec
  • .m4a - requires QuickTime player or codec
  • .mpg - MPEG animation - requires QuickTime player or codec
  • .wmv - Windows media player - not guaranteed to work in some browsers
  • .avi - Windows media player - not guaranteed to work in some browsers

Adding Podcasts to Your Course

For information about how to add audio and video files to a Moodle course, see Create a Label or Page

Linking Google Drive videos into Moodle courses

To embed a Video that has been uploaded into your Google Drive into a Moodle course, the most expedient way to do this is to copy the embed code first and then create a PAGE Resource in Moodle.

Step 1: A. From your Google Drive, Click on the video to open it up. (You can stop it if you don't want it to play while you are capturing the code.) In the upper right hand corner of the opened video, click on the three dots.


B. From the drop down menu, select Open in New Window


C. Once the video has opened in a new window, click on the three dots


D. From that drown menu, select Embed Item

E. Copy the iframe code that appears in the block

Step 2: A. From the home course page, click on Add and activity or Resource. Scroll down to RESOURCES and select Page, Add.


B. Name the page, add something to the description (this will not appear to the students unless you click the box, Display description on course page.)
C. Under CONTENT>page content, if the menu of icons shows only one row, click the expand icon.


D. Click on the < > icon which opens a window for you to place the iframe embed code.


E. Paste the copied iframe code into the space and click UPDATE.


F. When returning to the Moodle Page, scroll down and click SAVE!