Using Existing Video

Finding videos on the Internet

A quick and easy way way to incorporate video into your classes is to use existing online videos. Dr. Curtis Bonk, Indiana University, offers 10 ideas to effectively integrate video into your courses in the “Faculty Focus” article, Using Shared Online Video to Anchor Instruction: YouTube and Beyond.

Here are a few online sources to find videos for your classes: 

  • YouTube and YouTube Edu (a channel reserved for institutions of higher education)
  • TeacherTube (videos produced by educators and divided by subject matter)
  • iTunes/iTunes U (via iTunes, a free download from
  • TED Talks (fascinating presentations on a variety of thought-provoking ideas, most are shorter than 18 minutes)

A simple, but powerful example: Dr. Deborah Bosley teaches a course on contemporary poetry at UNC Charlotte. She uses YouTube videos so her students can see the authors reading their own work.  This is an excellent use of video, since it would immediately show students how authors intended their work to be read and provide insight into the interpretation of their work. 

Using online videos in your courses

Once you find online videos, you can either link to them or embed them in your courses.  For instructions on linking to videos in Moodle, see the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) How-to Guide, Add a Web Link.

To embed a YouTube video in Moodle, for example, watch this short video titled, Adding youtube to moodle. (NOTE: This video has audio and is not captioned, 1:20 min.)



Showing videos in class

In addition to posting videos alongside other electronic course material in Moodle, you can also show the online videos during in-class lectures. Showing a video in class is as easy as showing PowerPoint slides. Instead of opening PowerPoint, open a browser and log into your course.

If you've embedded the video, you can play it from your course. If you've linked to it, you can open the link and play the video from its original location (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.)

If your video is on DVD, you can use a Smart Podium's DVD player. In either case, to show a video during a class, you simply need to verify that your classroom has the required equipment.

Technology-enhanced classrooms maintained by the Office of Classroom Support contain everything you need, including networked computers, ceiling-mounted projectors, display screens, DVD players, and a sound system. For technical assistance, contact the Office of Classroom Support.


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