Adding the YuJa Enterprise Media Platform to a Course

Article Last Updated November 2021

This article describes how instructors can add the YuJa video integration into their course. This external tool links to the U of A's enterprise video platform - a full-featured media storage, streaming, and editing suite. The tool can be added to non-credit courses or sandboxes for access outside of Bear Tracks sections and allows direct linking to specific videos on YuJa.

For more information about YuJa, instructors can review the vendors support portal and should also check this list of helpful tips and best practices


To add YuJa as a course-level media portal:

1. In whichever content section area of the course required, with editing turned on, click Add an activity or resource then select External tool:

2. In the External tool, enter the following settings:

  • Activity name - enter a title reflecting the whole media service, eg. Course Media Gallery, as students will be clicking the link to access video playlists. 
  • Preconfigured tool - Select 'YuJa media' from the dropdown:

  • Privacy - Uncheck 'Grades' except when video quizzes are being used or participation marks are being awarded:

  • Common module settings - set 'Availability' to Show on course page if students will be accessing videos directly on the YuJa course channel; set to Hidden if all videos will be embedded and organized within eClass.
  • Click 'Save and return to course'.

Once the tool has been added, instructors must click the link to create a channel for their course within YuJa. Any videos uploaded to the course channel will be available to students if the course-level tool link is visible. Instructors can review this vendor-supplied quick start guide for instructions on adding videos and organizing them in YuJa.


To add YuJa as a link to a specific video: 

This process will add links in a course will display the selected videos embedded in the eClass page. The alternative to embedding is to organize videos directly in the YuJa platform and instruct students to pass across the 'Course Media Gallery' external tool (added above) to view them in the course channel or any sub-channels

1. Same as above.

2. In the External tool, enter the following settings:

  • Activity name - enter a title reflecting the specific video, eg. Lecture 1 Recording. 
  • Preconfigured tool - Select 'YuJa media' from the dropdown (as above.)
  • Select content - Click 'Select content' to launch the YuJa Media chooser and upload, record, or select an existing video, then click a video to select it:

  • Click 'Save and return to course'.
  • Note: when selecting and embedding videos that have already been uploaded to YuJa, the videos should be first published to a course channel to ensure that they can remain private. Private videos (the default permission setting) that are not 'Published' into a course channel will not be visible to students. When videos are uploaded on-the-fly or embedded by selecting from user's 'My media' areas, video permissions are automatically toggled to public so they can be viewed.
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