Use YouTube in Class, Minus the Distraction

Written by the Instructional Design Team

You may sometimes find a good video from YouTube that you would like to share with your students. Or you may want to share a video you produced yourself with your students. It can be annoying to go to YouTube, search for the video and find that you have to wait with your class for the advertisement to finish before the real video starts. You will also be seeing “similar videos” alongside the video you would like to show, and some of these videos are irrelevant or even inappropriate. It is therefore much more desirable to embed the video in your OpenClass site directly. David Christianson of the Adams Center created a video that shows you how to embed a video in your class site:

Here are some additional tips for embedding videos:

  • You can also embed videos from Vimeo or many other sources into your OpenClass sites, as long as the site has an embed code for you to copy. The methods are similar to the procedure David described.

  • You can create and embed a “playlist” in your course as well. A playlist will show a series of videos you have created for a particular content area (as shown below).  However, to reduce cognitive overload, you might choose to embed videos one at a time in your course modules.

  • YouTube also allows you to create automatic closed captioning which you can then edit. This feature is helpful when you want to create alternative text representations of your videos for a variety of reasons, such as ADA compliance. It should also help new international students whose native language is not English.

Please contact the Adams Center Instructional Design team if you need help using videos in your course.