Join Aaron Quigley for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding Lynda.com content to Moodle, part of Teaching with Lynda.com.
- [Voiceover] In this video, we're gonna take a look at how to add Lynda.com content to the Moodle Learning Management System. Now one thing to keep in mind is that Moodle is a highly customisable learning management system, and so what we're seeing on my screen may be slightly different than what you see on your screen. For example, the colors may be different, or you may have additional fonts, or even a slightly different layout. Here I've actually created a really basic Moodle course, and this Moodle course is actually broken up by weeks, so each week is a different module. In this first week, you can see that I've added some links to Lynda.com content in a few different ways. This is to show you that we can link out to playlists and videos and we can even link to entire courses.
There's also two different ways that we can link to content inside of Moodle. The first way is to simply embed links inside of a module. The second way is to add an activity to a module that will actually open up a pop up window to link out to Lynda.com material. Let's go and take a look at how we do both of these different ways. The first thing I'm gonna do is to go ahead and turn on editing by clicking "Turn Editing On" in the upper right hand corner. With editing on, I'm now gonna come down to the second module and I'm gonna go and click "Edit" and then choose "Edit Week". Now because this particular course is set up where every different week is a new module, the default section name is actually the dates for that particular week.
Down here in the summary section, I can now add information for what students are supposed to do this particular week. Now the course that I'll be linking to right away is a speed reading fundamentals course, and I have the course opened up in a second window here. Now inside the Speed Reading Fundamentals course, there's a video called "How Fast Do You Currently Read?" And the author helps students actually calculate their rate of reading. This is a great way to start off a particular semester, is to have students watch this video, do the test to figure out how fast they currently read, and then communicate that back to you. This can give you an idea of how much reading would be good for this particular class.
Students then can also choose to move to the rest of the course if they would like to learn how to speed read or increase their reading rate. As you can see here on the Lynda.com course, I actually have the "How Fast Do You Currently Read?" movie selected. Because this movie is selected, the top URL actually points directly to this movie. And if I'd like to, I can simply copy that by using the keyboard shortcut of CMD+C. One thing I'd like to point out is if you come over and click on share, there's a second URL that's created. However, if I scroll to the very end of this URL, I can see there's a few things that are slightly different.
For example, I can see that it ends with 171055-2 right before the .html. Up here, I can see the 171055, but then there's an additional number, because this URL is pointing to the movie. This URL is only pointing to the course. If I'd like to link to the course, then you can use the Share URL. If you wanna link to the movie, be sure to use the URL that's at the top of your web browser. So now that I have the right URL selected, let's head back to Moodle. Here I'm gonna go ahead and just type out the name of the course.
There's two different ways that I can link to this. I can simply highlight the text and click the "Link" button. Here I can just go ahead and paste in the URL. And then I'm also gonna recommend that you select "Open in New Window" and then click "Create Link". What we've done here is we've now created a hyperlink that when students click on it inside of your course it's gonna open up a new web browser window and navigate them to Lynda.com to the exact movie that you want them to watch. The other way that we can do this, and I'll just go ahead and hit enter to create a new line, is I can also do this by inserting media.
If I click the "Media" button, once again I can paste in the URL, and I can go ahead and add the name for this particular link which is "Speed Reading Fundamentals". And I'm gonna click "Insert Media". So two different ways to create this link probably the fastest way, and the way that allows you to open it up in a new window, is to actually use the link button. Let's go ahead and click "Save Changes" to see how this looks. So here, in May 5th to May 11th, I can see that we have those two links that we've created with two different methods. The last thing I'd like to show you is how to link out to Lynda.com by adding an activity or resource.
With editing turned on, let's click "Add an Activity or Resource" in the bottom right hand corner of the module we'd like to add this to. On the left hand side, we have a list of all the activities that we can add to this module, and I'm gonna scroll to the very end and select "URL", and then click "Add". For this URL, we're actually gonna link out to a playlist. Now even though I'm choosing the link to a playlist, you can use this exact same idea to link to a movie or a Lynda.com course. Here in the third tab I have a playlist open, and that's the "Teaching with Lynda.com" playlist. This is simply a collection of all the courses we reference in this course.
I'm gonna come over to the share button, and when I click on the share button, I'll then select a URL link, and here I can see that there's two different options for me to use to link to this content. The first one is for using a Lynda.com enterprise account. So if your students have access to Lynda.com as part of being on campus, then I'd highly recommend that you use this top link. More likely than not, you're also using something called single sign-on. Which means that the password for Lynda.com is being managed by the university or the organization that's giving them access. Typically this means that your Lynda.com password is aligned to something like your email password or another system password at your organization.
Using this link, which the only difference is this "?org=" and then the organization name, it's gonna allow students to be automatically logged in if they're already logged into Lynda.com, or if you're using single sign-on and their Moodle password is the same as their Lynda.com password. I'm gonnna go ahead and select this link, and I'm gonna copy it using the keyboard shortcut of CMD+C. And let's go and head back to Moodle. So I'm gonna give this new resource a title that's going to be "Learning Playlist." I'm gonna come down to the content area and I'm gonna go ahead and paste our URL by using the keyboard shortcut CMD+V.
And then I'm gonna go ahead and open up this "Appearance" tab. Now under "Appearance" we'd like this to actually open up in a different window so that way students can stay logged into Moodle. To do that, under "Display", I"m gonna select "In Pop-up" and then I'm gonna make the resolution of that pop-up window 1024 by 768. That should be a big enough of a window that they can actually watch the content without having to resize it. Now that we've added in all the information we need, let's scroll to the bottom, and let's click "Save" and "Return to Course." I'm gonna go ahead and turn editing off, so that we can view what this looks like when our students would log into Moodle.
So here in May 5th, I can see that we've added "Speed Reading Fundamentals" twice using two different methods, and we've also added an activity that links right to a playlist. I'm gonna go ahead and click on the playlist, and as you can see, we've got a pop-up window that opens, and it takes us right to the Lynda.com playlist that our students can now start watching.
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