Moodle users can now add video and audio content directly into their courses using a new feature/activity. This allows content to be viewed only within Moodle by those who have been granted access.
Instructors - A quick guide to help you add content to your Moodle course
Instructor adding content to Moodle course
1. Log on as Instructor to Moodle at https://moodle.ucl.ac.uk
2. Navigate and choose the course you are adding content to.
3. Turn Editing On
4. Click to Add Activity or Resource
5. Instructor selects Media Resource
6. Click on Add button
7. Type in Activity Information
8. If you have new content click: Add Media
9. Click on Upload to add a new media item
10. At this point you can choose a file on your device or search for a previously uploaded file. For new files ensure your file is one of the approved file types which currently are: .avi, .flv, .mkv, .mov, .mpg, .mpeg, .mp3, .mp4, .wav, .webm, .wma, .3gp.
11. Your video will now upload to the Media Resource server.
12. Add details to all the boxes, the more information in the description and Tag boxes you can add the better, as this allows your content to be found when searching. You also have the option to allow students to download the file, perhaps add this option if the file is large, this allows students to download via the UCL network and watch at their leisure without worrying about data download limits.
13. The next step is to choose a thumbnail image. This will show as a still image, you can upload a file if the frames chosen do not visually describe your video.
14. You can upload files you wish to associate with the video/audio file as long as they are in one of the following formats: .doc, .docx, .gif, .jpg, .mp3, .pdf, .ppt, .pptx. .swf, .xls, .xlsx or .zip and you can also add a caption file in the recommended format, either: .srt. .vtt or .dfxp.
15. Now you can see the data and description details you have attached to the file, if required you can use the back button to amend these.
16. The video has now been sent for encoding. Please accept that this may take some time as all content is placed in a queue. You will receive an email when your video has finished processing and is available for viewing.
17. Click Save to add item
18. The video, once processed will now play through the course page
Your students will be able to view the content only after it has been encoded. Once the file is processed you will get an email to say the content is ready to view. You can then let your students know the content is available through Moodle.
We are not at the point of being able to offer a student upload facility through Moodle. However, we recognise that this is a priority requirement and the ISD Mediacentral team will develop and deliver this as soon as possible.
If there is a requirement for students to submit media content to a Moodle course or module, then as a 'work-around' they should follow the instructions 'Share your video with colleagues or your students' on the Mediacentral Share webpage.
FAQ's when using the Moodle Media Resource
Q. Do I use the Mediacentral portal or Moodle to upload and view my videos?
If you wish to share your video with the world, then adding the content directly through the Mediacentral portal is the best method, however if you just want students on a particular module to view the content then use Moodle.
Q. Can I upload multiple files?
If you have a significant number of video or audio files that you wish to add to Mediacentral or your Moodle course, please contact the UCL Mediacentral team for further help and information.
Q. What media file formats can I upload?
When uploading media files, please check your media is one of the approved file types. These currently are: .avi, .flv, .mkv, .mov, .mpg, .mpeg, .mp3, .mp4, .wav, .webm, .wma, .3gp.
Q. Who do I contact for further information?
Q. How can I choose my own thumbnail image?
During the upload process it is possible to choose your own thumbnail image. This can be an image that better reflects your media content, instead of the thumbnails that are automatically generated by the system.
When uploading and you arrive at or select the section marked 'Thumbnails', next choose the button marked 'Browse'. This will then take you to a file chooser where you can select the image of your choice. Once selected, this will become the new thumbnail image.
It is recommended that the image you choose has:
- a JPG or PNG image file format
- a minimum image size of 640 x 360 - (Width x Height)
- a maximum file size of 1 MB
Q. How long will my file take to upload?
Please note that your file joins a queue for encoding and sometimes this may take time to process - you should always allow 24 hours to guarantee your file has been fully processed and available.
Q. Processing time - my file is still not available?
Unfortunately, we do not have the same processing power as YouTube and all files go into a queue - it's 'first come, first served'. However we are working on adding additional encoders which are to be installed over the summer 2018, this will enhance the encode time.
Q. Why can't I see the content I've previously uploaded into MediaCentral?
Mediacentral is the interface for publicly available content and although all media sits on the same servers, the security and access for Moodle content is kept separate for obvious academic reasons.
Q. Unsuccessful uploads - what happens, what do I do etc.?
If your file fails to upload you will receive an email letting you know there is an issue. The support team also get this and we can look to ascertain if the problem is a system error or a problem with the file. Normally the issue is due to poor connectivity, UCL's infrastructure is more stable, so it is always best practice to upload when on campus.
Also, check that the format of the file you have uploaded is on the list of approved filetypes and is under 5Gb in size.
Q. My Media has failed to load or play?
Sometimes your media will not play, currently the main reason being that your browser probably requires updating, or is set to play via Adobe Flash and this is blocked. All content is set to play in HTML5, and will fall back to Flash if your browser is not HTML5 compliant.
A quick way to check when there is a problem, is to view your content on an Apple iOS device. If the content plays, then the issue is with the browser you are using on your PC / Mac.
To configure your browser or enable Flash on a PC, please see the following information:
1. Access the Adobe website at https://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/
3. In Step 1 Select an operating system, pick the one matching your system.
4. In Step 2 Select a version, e.g. pick "FP XX for Opera and Google Chrome - PPAPI".
5. Click Download now button.
6. Perform the installation as instructed by Adobe (steps are not provided as they may change).
Q. Editing, is this possible?
It is not currently possible to edit content via the Moodle "Media Resource". If you wish to make simple edits to your file, you can access Windows Movie Maker on Desktop@UCL or if your project is more substantial please contact the UCL Digital Media team.
Q. Can I upload & view from mobile devices?
Yes, this is possible but try to do this where you have access to WiFi rather than using your data allowance. To view login to UCL Moodle as you would do normally.
Q. Can I update a media resource added by another tutor?
Yes, you can do this. However, only do this if you have a good reason to and you also have equal authentication rights as an instructor.
Q. How does a student upload media?
Within UCL Moodle, this feature is currently being evaluated and will be implemented in 2019 when additional servers and encoders are in place.
If as a student you wish to add a video or audio file to your UCL Moodle module then use the UCL Mediacentral portal. Follow the process to upload as described here and make the content 'Public Access'.
Once your file is available, use the UCL Mediacentral 'Share' link to add to Moodle.
Q. How do I delete media I no longer require?
If you wish to delete any media assets uploaded using the Moodle "Media Resource", then please contact the Mediacentral support team.