How Do I Deliver Video to My Students?

There are many ways to take video content and deliver it to students online. We’re going to talk about recommended solutions for spring quarter using YouTube and Microsoft Stream.

As a reminder, simple ways to create videos for class includes QuickTime for Mac, narration in PowerPoint, more complex applications like Explain EDU (formerly Explain Everything), and simple recording with tablets and smartphones.


Providing a streaming video instead of a video file that students have to download provides a better experience for users with varying internet connections. We recommend that faculty create their own YouTube channel/account to share videos.

Creating a Youtube Account

If you’re new adding videos to YouTube, you can create a Google Account and access YouTube or use an existing Google account. A Youtube account allows you to use core YouTube features in addition to watching videos.

How to Upload Your Video

Uploading videos to your channel can be as simple as drag-and-dropping your file into the YouTube window. However, there are a few choices and settings to consider.

Tips for using YouTube with your class.

  • “Unlisted” is a great privacy choice for educators. Unlisted videos are only discoverable via a direct link or embedding. Instructors can share the link with students or generate an embed code that can display the video directly in platforms like Moodle.
  • Create an informative title for the video so students can understand its content and purpose regardless of their preview.
  • Select the Video Language and Caption Certification options to help the automated captions do their job.

Sharing on Moodle

There are many options for how to link your video into Moodle. If you want it to appear within the Moodle page itself as a preview and play without students leaving Moodle, one reliable way is to obtain the embed code.

Part 1: YouTube

  • Go to the video you wish to embed via YouTube.
  • Selected the “Share” option for the video and pick “Embed.”
  • Copy and paste that text block that appears. It will likely begin, “<iframe….”

Part 2: In Moodle

  • Navigate to the Description field, Page, Forum, or other Moodle tool where you wish to embed the video and select Edit Settings to reach the editor.
  • If necessary, click the first button to “Show more buttons.” Click the last button to last button on the right to enable HTML.
  • Paste in your Embed code from YouTube.
  • Save your work.

Microsoft Stream

Information Services has recently introduced Microsoft Stream as a way for the College to upload and share self-created videos internally. Review the list of resources below for more information: