Adding Video

Video is a powerful tool in an online course, allowing students to catch up on lectures they missed or learn from a "how to" screencast.

TIP:  Best Format If creating your own videos, we have found Mp4 the best file format for viewing (it creates a smaller file for uploading). As with all formats, it depends on the end users and what is on their computers. If, for example, you use QuickTime to create videos, the student will need QuickTime player to view it. Also, QuickTime tends to create very large files that you may not be able to upload to CourseSpaces.

(Max 128MB upload size)

Here are some ways you can include video in your course.

Add Link to a Video on an External Website

Probably the easiest way to add video from an external website is to add a link to it.

  1. With Editing turned on, select Add an activity or Resource> Add a Link.
  2. Fill in the name; this is what students will select in your course center block.
  3. In the External Link box, paste the URL of the webpage that has the video.
  4. Under Appearance, decide on how you want to display the video (examples below):


New window

In Pop-up

5. Once you have decided on your settings, scroll to the bottom of the page and Save.

TIP: Always check your link in the course to make sure it is working properly.

Upload a Video as a File

This is done exactly the same way as described under Add a Single File (found under Adding Resources in the Navigation menu at the left).

How the video displays will depend on the software students have on their computers. This could also mean (depending on the format of the video) some students may not be able to view the video – so you would need to troubleshoot.

Create a Folder of Videos

This is done in the same way as explained under Add a Folder of Files (found under Adding Resources in the Navigation menu at the left).


Embed a Video in a ‘Page’ from a Media sharing site

(example: YouTube)

Websites such as YouTube and Vimeo often provide a special string of code that allows you to embed a video on your own page.  While it is possible to embed videos in Labels, the best place to post them is within the Page, or Book resource, depending on your needs.

Part One: Copy the Embed Code from the external media site

  1. Go to the media sharing site and open the video page in your browser.
  2. On the video page, look for (and click on) a link to Share the video (it's below the video on YouTube, and in Vimeo, you need to roll-over the video to see the link). Click Embed (if needed) to find an Embed  text-box containing HTML code beginning with "<iframe ...". You will also find options to customize the size for the video once embedded in your course which you may wish to set. Highlight (Control A) and copy (Control C) the entire string of code.                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Part Two: Paste the Embed Code into a Page Resource

  1. Go to your course, and with Editing turned on, select Add an activity or resource>Page
  2. In the Name field, enter a title (this will be the text in the link on your course page).
  3. Scroll down to Content and expand the toolbar by clicking the Toolbar Toggle on left most icon. Click HTML toggle: the bottom right icon. Toolbar and HTML toggles look like this: toolbar togglehtml toggle
  4. The word Required in red will pop up at the top left of the text box and when you click into the box, you'll see a faint blue outline around the text box.
  5. Paste the code into the box (Control V).  
  6. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click Save and display to view the page and ensure that the media plays correctly.

TIP: As the video is contained within a page, you can also add text before, and after, the embedded video if you wish.