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Add Media to Moodle for Students

Instructors may ask students to create media files (audio or video) and submit them to an activity in Moodle. Because of the large size of some media files, we do not recommend submitting such files directly to Moodle. Instead, students should  upload media files to a sharing platform, then submit a link to the hosted media

  • For media you do not mind making public, or sharing only with those who have the link, you can use an account on YouTube, Vimeo, Ted Talks, SlideShare, Issue, SoundCloud, Office 365 Video, Office Mix, or Sway. When you create a link to the URL of the page where media is hosted on these services, the media will be embedded and play on the page in Moodle.
  • To restrict sharing to UMass Amherst, you can upload media files to Apps at UMass Amherst Google Drive or Box. Note, however, that video, Google presentations, images, or audio that is stored on your Google Drive cannot be embedded on a Moodle page by students; you can submit a link that will open and play the media on Apps at UMass.

Share Hosted Media Content

Students can share media (audio, video, presentations, etc.) that they or others post on hosting services including YouTube, Vimeo, Ted Talks, SlideShare, Issue, SoundCloud, Office 365 Video, Office Mix, and Sway.

Note: While most hosting services allow you to restrict access to viewers who have the link, keep in mind that these are generally a more public means of sharing media.

  1. Go to the hosting service page of the media. Copy the web page URL from your browser's location bar.  
    Note: DO NOT copy the embed code. (Moodle does not give students the capability to embed media using iframe code.)
  2. Go to the Moodle AssignmentForum post, or other activity in Moodle and click the Media button (media icon Moodle 3.0). The Insert media pop-up will open.
  3. In the Enter URL field, paste the web page URL you copied in step 1, and (important!) in the Enter name field, provide a name for the item, then click Insert media. A link will appear in the Editor window with the name you provided. Note: The media does not preview embedded in the Editor window, you will only see the link for now.
  4. By default, media inserts at 400 x 300 pixels.  To have your video fill available space on any device, in the text entry box, highlight the link you just added, then in the Editor toolbar, click the Style button (paintbrush icon to the right of the insert media button) and select </> Responsive video.

    Important! This step must be the last thing you do on a page.  If additional content will appear on the page, add additional content before completing this step.
  5. Click Save changes or Post to forum. The embedded media should appear in the Moodle activity.

Share Media Files via Apps at UMass Amherst

Your Google Drive on Apps at UMass Amherst allows you to store, access, and share folders and files. Follow these steps to upload a media file to Google Drive and then submit a shared link to your instructor.

  1. Log in to your Google Drive on Apps at UMass Amherst  ( using your IT Account NetID and password.
  2. On the My Drive page, navigate to the folder where you want to store your media file.
  3. At the top-left, click New, then File upload. The File Upload Chooser page will open.
    Google Drive File upload icon
  4. From the File Upload Chooser page, select the media file you want to upload and click Open. The File Uploading box will open and your media will be added to My Drive. In My Drive, select the media file you uploaded and then click the Google Drive Share Icon on the upper right-hand corner of the page. The Share with others box will open.
    Google Drive Share Icon
  5. If this is the first time you have attempted to share this file, to get a shareable link to your media file, in the Share with others box, click Get shareable link. If you have previously shared this file, continue to the next step.
    Screenshot of steps needed to share in Google Drive (click to enlarge)
  6. The default sharing options are that Anyone from UMass Amherst with the link can view, which means that the individual accessing the link will need to be signed into their Apps at UMass Amherst account with their IT Account NetID. Click on the Link Sharing drop-down menu for more sharing options.
    Screenshot of Google Drive file sharing options (click to enlarge)
  7. Once you have determined the proper sharing options, in the Share with others box, click the link to highlight it, and copy it (Ctrl+C on a PC and Command+C on a Mac).
  8. Return to Moodle and paste (Ctrl+V on a PC or Command+V on a Mac) the shareable link into the Moodle Assignment, Forum post, email, or other activity through which your instructor is asking you to make your media submission.