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Embedding Videos in eClass
Last modified on 04 July 2023 02:30 PM

Instructors have a few different ways to embed videos into their eClass course for students to watch. Please review our lecture recording overview for information on how to record videos. 

Please note: sharing via URL linking or via embedding externally-hosted video from the three tools described below are the recommended processes for putting videos in eClass as opposed to uploading video files directly. Uploading videos directly into your course may result in longer load times and performance issues. 


Video Tool Description Pros Cons
YuJa Enterprise Media (Recommended)

The new YuJa Enterprise Media platform has been selected to be U of A's main centrally supported solution for hosting, streaming, and creating videos.

Dedicated video system including a range of new features including course media channels, automatic captioning, basic online video editing, in-video quizzing, and more. YuJa videos can not be downloaded. Videos recorded in the system or uploaded by default are available only to UofA users (settings must be changed for public access.)
Google Drive Videos that have been uploaded into Google Drive can now easily be embedded in eClass. Note that this new process can only embed a single file per link; the old process described below would allow users to manually embed multiple videos in any content area of eClass. Videos uploaded to google drive have fine-grained access controls to block access for anyone outside the UAlberta Google domain and also provide the ability for document owners to remove the option for users to download videos. Video captions must be uploaded manually. Depending on sharing settings, playback can require users to sign in to the correct Google account.
YouTube Videos uploaded to YouTube can be embedded in eClass if they have the option 'Allow embedding' checked.   Videos can be shared in playlists, captions can be added automatically (and edited for corrections after creation), and analytics are available to review video usage. Videos uploaded to YouTube can be shared outside the UAlberta Google domain. 


Embedding videos using the editor

You can embed media anywhere in your eClass course as long as it has an HTML editing area (i.e. section headings, forum posts, online assignment submissions, essay questions, page resources, etc.)

The following example will demonstrate how to embed video from a University of Alberta google drive account. Generally, users will need to obtain an embed code for a video they want to be shown in their course.

A. Obtain embed code from video:

1. In the University Google Drive, open the context menu for the video you want, and click Share.

2. Here, you can choose to add users or groups to whom you want the video Shared. You may also adjust the scope of access, e.g., to all of the University, to anyone, or to restricted to those listed.

Note: You can also limit the ability for users to download a video in the google drive settings as well. You can do this through the advanced settings under the gear icon at the top right and unchecking 'Viewers and commenters can see the option to download, print, and copy', so that users cannot directly download the video in the Google Drive interface:

 3. To obtain the embed code, open the video preview (double-click, or right-click preview) and click on the 3-dots to open the menu. Open in new window.

4. In the new window opened, click on the 3-dots and click Embed item...

5. Embed item settings will display an embed code for you to use.


B. Embed the video: 

For this example, we will embed the video into a Text and Media area resource.

1. With Edit mode on, click Add an activity or resource and choose Text and media area.

4. In the controls, dropdown the list of tools by click on the button, then click on the Edit HTML code button 

5. Here, you will paste your embed code into the box. Note: There may be existing or extraneous HTML code that you can delete before pasting.

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6. Click Save and return to course.

7. The Text and Media area resource should display: 


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