Using Video in a Course

To use a video in a Course, it first must be added to a Module. It's not possible to allow Students to view videos in your account without them being placed inside a Module first, and then adding the Module to a Course. 

Video File Specifications

File formats accepted: MP4, MOV, MKV, AVI, WMV

Individual file size limit: 512 MB

  • If your file is larger than 512 MB, please contact Support and we will help you with it.

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Slug

The Slug is the unique URL address where your Video Module can be found. The Slug is auto-generated from the Name you give your module, but you do have the option to edit and change it if you wish.

Adding Videos to the Media Library

The Media Library houses all the uploaded files you use for every course module in your account. All uploaded video files can be found here. 

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There are two ways to add a video to the Media Library. You may upload files to the Media Library through your dashboard by navigating to Assets > Media Library. 

Or, you can open the Media Library directly from the Video Module edit page by selecting Browse Media when adding your URL.

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Inside the Media Library, you can add your video by dragging your file or selecting Upload Media.

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When a video is added to the Media Library, it is first uploaded to the Academy of Mine servers. This process is reflected in the progress bar visible during your upload.

Warning

When uploading a large file, the progress bar may reach 98% or 99% and then stick there for a while as the rest of the upload process completes. Don't worry, that's normal behavior.

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Once the file has been successfully uploaded to Academy of Mine, we will begin encoding your file and and transforming it into a streaming HLS video. This will add an additional waiting period before your video file is finalized and ready for use. 

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When your video file is ready, it will be stored in the Media Library as a link, which you can select to include in your module. But feel free to start building your Video Module while your video uploads in the background.

Choosing an Upload Method

There are three methods to attach a video to your Video Module. You can choose to Direct Upload a video file into your Academy of Mine account, or you can select a video that is currently hosted on Vimeo or YouTube.

Using Your Own Video

To Direct Upload a video, it will first need to be uploaded to your Media Library

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First, head to the Media Library of your account by selecting Assets > Media Library. 

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Or, you can upload a video directly from the Video Module page by selecting Browse Media.

Using a Vimeo Video

You may use any publicly shared Vimeo video in your module. All you need to do is add the Vimeo player URL.

Warning

When adding from Vimeo, keep in mind that you'll need to use the URL for the Vimeo video player itself, and not the entire page on vimeo.com.

i.e.  https://player.vimeo.com/video/18554749 and not https://vimeo.com/18554749

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To find the Vimeo Video URL, go to vimeo.com and open the Share menu on the video.  

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In the Share This Video menu, you can find the Vimeo Video URL inside the embed code provided. This is the URL you should use with your Video Module. 

Using a YouTube Video

You can select any public YouTube video for use in your Video Module. However, please note that you will need a special URL for the YouTube video player itself, and not just the URL to the YouTube page where the video is found.

Warning

When adding from YouTube, keep in mind that you will need to use the URL for the YouTube video player itself, and not the entire page on youtube.com.

i.e.   https://youtu.be/S9in-BscH5M and not https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9in-BscH5M

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To locate the YouTube Video URL, head to youtube.com and select the Share button below your video.

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Inside the Share menu, you'll be able to copy the YouTube Video URL. 

Add a Cover Image

If you Direct Upload your video, the thumbnail image displayed when the Video Module loads will be the middle frame of the video. Vimeo and YouTube videos will display the thumbnails chosen on those sites. 

But you might wish to use an alternate thumbnail image. You can upload a Cover Image file to make sure everything looks just right before the video starts. 

Just make sure that the aspect ratio of your Cover Image matches the aspect ratio of your video to avoid any stretching or filling of the Cover Image.

Add a Brief Description

The Brief Description area is a place to add any accompanying text you'd like to add context to your video for your Students as they watch. The text will display directly below the video inside the module. By default this area is for text only, but custom HTML will allow you to insert images as well. 

Disable Forward-Seeking

To ensure that the student watches the entire video and doesn't just skip directly to the end, you can choose to Disable Forward-Seeking. With this function enabled, any attempts to skip ahead will be blocked, and an alert message will be displayed.

Students will still be able to rewind to view a portion of the video again, but they will not be able to advance beyond what they have already watched.

Add a Video Module to Your Course

When you have finished creating your Video Module, you will need to add your Module to your Course. This can be done on the Curriculum page of your Course.

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First, find your Course in the All Courses section of your dashboard.

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Then select Edit your Course from the Actions menu. If you don't already have a Course, you can select Create Course at the top of the page.

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In Step 2, Curriculum, you can add your created Video Module by searching for it by name in the existing module field.

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Once added to your Course, you can set the availability of the Module and the minimum time spent inside. 

A Fixed Date availability will restrict your Students from accessing the Module until a set day. 

You can also set the minimum time spent in the Module to match the amount of time it should take a Student to complete your quiz. 

Student Experience of Video Module

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Students inside the Video Module will view the video in a large embedded player, with the Instructor's Brief Description displayed beneath. 

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When playing the video, if Forward-Seeking is disabled, an alert will display if the Student attempts to skip ahead in the video.

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Once the video has completed, the Student is free to move on the next Module in the Course.