D2L - Create a Video or Audio Topic

Last Updated: 08/16/2017
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This tutorial is operating system independent.


Topics are components of modules and sub-modules. They can be links to course files, web pages, or tools in D2L.

Note: Topics can have start and end dates individually, but it is easier to set dates for the module which will apply for all included topics.

There are three ways to add videos and audio files to your D2L course:

  • Kaltura - Kaltura is a tool that allows you to upload media files and share them with your students through D2L. Because Kaltura works with many different browsers, platforms, and connection speeds, it is the recommended way to share media on D2L. Kaltura is covered in a separate tutorial.
  • Create a Video or Audio Topic using a link - Adding streaming video or audio from popular sites like Youtube and Vimeo is simple and easy. Just follow the steps below.
  • Create a Video or Audio topic by uploading a file - You can also upload video or audio directly to D2L, as explained in the steps below. However, files uploaded this way face multiple compatibility issues. If you have a media file you wish to add to D2L, we recommend using Kaltura instead.

Step 1

From the course homepage, click Content on the navbar.

Step 2

Click on the module area(from the left-side menu) you wish for the upload file to be in.

*Note: This process can also be done from the full table of contents view, but it is generally easier to place/organize if you initially select your desired module.

Step 3

From the New dropdown menu, select Video or Audio.

Step 4

Copy and paste the URL or embed code of the video/audio into the text box. For many popular sites, the URL alone will work. For certain sites, you may receive a message saying that D2L can’t recognize the link. In this case, you will need to use an embed code instead.

Alternatively, you can click on the Upload tab to upload a media file from your computer. However, we recommend using Kaltura to do this instead.

Step 5

Edit the title if you wish and then click Save.

Step 6

Your file will now appear in the module.

If you wish to edit the properties of the video/audio topic, go to step 8. If you are satisfied with the default properties, you are finished.

Step 7

From the drop-down menu to the right of the video/audio topic select Edit Properties In-Place

Step 8

Click on Add a Description. The editing window may take a moment to appear.

In the properties area you have the ability to:

  • Enter a description
  • Set the state as either Published or Draft
  • Add start date, Add end date and Add due date
  • Set Release Conditions

*Note: You will need to click the associated text to view each of these property areas.

Step 9

Once you have added your additional properties, click the Update button. Your edited properties will now be in place.

Step 10

Additional Note

D2L by default only loads the first 20 modules, or first 20 topics/files within a module, when viewing course files in the Content area. To see additional content, click the Load More button at the bottom of the content/module area.