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Using Existing Video

Videos and other forms of multimedia (pictures, audio clips) can be effective teaching assets in any course.


  1. Engage students with material and experiences that go beyond the classroom
  2. Facilitate talking points for student discussions and reflections
  3. Connect course content to real-world examples
  4. Enhance comprehension and retention with visual representation
  5. Appeal to different learner styles

Where to Find Free Educational Video Resources

There are many free repositories and aggregators that host free videos for educational use. Some of these include:

What’s In Your Digital Toolkit?

  • FreeMake (Windows): Freemake is a free video conversion tool. You can convert videos that are on your hard drive, or videos on YouTube. Click here for a series of tutorials.
  • Handbrake (Windows, Mac, Linux): Handbrake is a free tool that allows you to rip DVDs to your hard drive and convert video files. Click here for a tutorial.

Linking to Videos in Moodle

There are two ways to show videos in Moodle. The first is to link directly to a website (e.g. YouTube). To learn how to Link to a Website, follow this brief tutorial: Linking to an external website

If you would like to embed a video into your Moodle page, follow this short tutorial on how to Add Video Clips: Adding video clips to Moodle 

Additional Film Resources

Films in the Public Domain

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