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Linking to Videos

NBC Learn and Films on Demand provide access to streaming educational videos. Below are instructions for creating links in Desire2Learn to:

Individual Videos | Multiple Videos on a Topic | Playlists | Video Databases

Individual Videos

It is easier to link to a video in Desire2Learn if you have two windows or tabs open.

In the first window/tab:

  1. Go to NBC Learn or Films on Demand.
  2. Locate a video.
  3. Click on the title of the video.
  4. For NBC Learn, click on Share below the video player and then Copy URL. For Films on Demand, click on Title URL below the video summary.

In the second window/tab:

  1. Log into Desire2Learn.
  2. Click on Content.
  3. Select the Module you want the object to appear in or create a new Module.
  4. Click on New and Create a Link.
  5. Type the video title in the title box.
  6. Delete https:// from the URL box and paste the video URL.
  7. Check box to Open as External Resource.
  8. Select Create.

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Multiple Videos on a Topic

It is easier to link to a group of videos in Desire2Learn if you have two windows or tabs open.

In the first window/tab:

NBC Learn

  1. Go to NBC Learn.
  2. Browse the videos using the categories on the left side of the page.
  3. Click on Copy URL or the Share button above the videos on the top right of the page. For example, you could link to English Language and Composition or Writing Mechanics or Writing Styles.

Films on Demand

  1. Go to Films on Demand.
  2. Browse the videos by clicking on the Collections dropdown in the menu bar at the top of the page. Once you get to a collection, you can browse more using the links on the left side of the page. 
  3. Click on Page Link underneath the title of the collection at the top of the page.  For example, you could link to Environmental Science Video Collection or Natural Resources or Water and Land Use.

In the second window/tab:

  1. Log into Desire2Learn.
  2. Click on Content.
  3. Select the Module you want the object to appear in or create a new Module.
  4. Click on New and Create a Link.
  5. Type the video title in the title box.
  6. Delete https:// from the URL box and paste the URL.
  7. Check box to Open as External Resource.
  8. Select Create.

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Playlists

You can create custom playlists by putting together individual videos. Before you can set up a playlist, you must create an account so you can save your playlist.

Instructions for creating and sharing custom video playlists are available at:
NBC Learn's Creating Playlists
Films on Demand's Quick Start Guide

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Video Databases

You can add a direct link to a video database in D2L.

NBC Learn

  1. Log into Desire2Learn.
  2. Select the Module you want the object to appear in or create a new Module.
  3. Select Add Existing Activities, External Learning Tools and then Browse NBC Learn.

Films on Demand

  1. Log into Desire2Learn.
  2. Select the Module you want the object to appear in or create a new Module.
  3. Select New and then Create a Link.
  4. Type Films on Demand in the Title box.
  5. Delete https:// from the URL box and paste the following URL https://lcc.idm.oclc.org/login?url=http://digital.films.com/portalplaylists.aspx?cid=1637&aid=2060
  6. Check box to Open as External Resource.
  7. Select Create.

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Trouble Viewing Videos in D2L

If students complain they cannot view videos in D2L, the content may be blocked by their web browser.

This handout and video explain how to view videos in D2L with any web browser.

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