Can Moodle Stream Video?
Can Moodle Stream Video?
Yes, Moodle can stream videos. You can embed videos into a Moodle course – and it will be streamed to a learner using the course in real time. Streaming video is video content sent over the Internet and displayed by the viewer in real time. With streaming video a Moodle user does not have to download a video file to play it. Instead, the video is sent in a continuous stream of data and is played as it arrives. Exactly how YouTube or Vimeo works.
See this video to learn how easily you can add videos to a Moodle course:
Note: This technique is for asynchronous video streaming. That is, the video is created, stored and viewed all at different times – and not live.
Does Moodle have video conferencing? On the other hand, there is no standard plugin provided by Moodle for live synchronous video streaming – but there are several plugins available in Moodle’s plugin directory (see BigBlueButton). A common solution, in real world however, for synchronous video is to take it out of Moodle, to a specialized cost effective video-conferencing platform.
Video is a very powerful tool to use in a Moodle course, allowing students, for example to catch up on lectures they missed, learn from a “how to” screencasts, or improve their language skills by watching native speakers interact.
In a flipped class model, they are very useful to get the learners to be prepared on a topic before attending classes. The great thing about videos is that a feeling of one-on-one learning can be created with the student. In the lesson on adding webpage resources we had already seen how to embed a video into a added webpage resource.
With Moodle’s new improved course page interface design – it has become incredibly easy to add videos into a course homepage. And yet, after you add the videos, your course home page will NOT look like a giant Youtube page – because each of the videos will open in their own page – that is created automatically by Moodle.
I will show how easy it is by creating some video lectures in my course homepage.
All I have to do, is locate my videos and directly drag and drop them into Moodle’s course page. And all the rest is handled by Moodle.
I have 4 videos that need to be added to my Section 1 – and I will do that now. And you can see how effortlessly Moodle handles these media files.
A note of caution: the video file size you can upload will be limited by your system admin. So, first go ahead and try to upload the video – if you get an error message – then contact your system admin.
If you DO have admin access and you are getting video file size restriction then open up your PHP.ini file and increase the value on the variable “upload_max_filesize” and “post_max_size”. Then do NOT forget to restart Apache web server.
OK, all my 4 videos have now been uploaded.
But I want to change the default names that Moodle has taken for them – that is the file name itself. I can change that by clicking the tiny “pen” icon next to the name – directly changing the name.
And I will do that for all the video lectures later after this lesson.
If you are going to be producing videos for your students – I suggest you get a little familiar with different video formats, sizes etc. This is because you should strive to produce the highest quality in as minimal file size as possible – to make it easy for learners bandwidth and data requirements.
Video learning is the direction of the future – as you are very well aware and I would highly recommend adding video elements to any course.