YuJa works with Moodle in a variety of ways. You can embed YuJa recordings or a view into your YuJa course space within Moodle. YuJa can alert students within a course to the availability of new recordings. By adding a YuJa activity to a Moodle course and having your students activate the link within Moodle, students will automatically be added to the relevant YuJa course.
One of the ways you may want to use YuJa with Moodle is to embed multi-stream YuJa recordings in a Moodle course, for example, lecture recordings. Multi-stream recordings differ from simple videos in that they present two or more synchronized videos simultaneously. One example might be showing the document camera, the computer screen, and a video of the lecturer. Here’s an example of an embedded multi-stream YuJa recording. Try clicking on the recording to change the view, change the playback speed, or show and hide features.
More video capabilities
More and more teachers want to use video within their Moodle courses. Because video files are very large, Moodle is not an appropriate place for them. Instead, you can upload video files to YuJa, which is optimized for streaming video, and embed them within Moodle activities. Here is an example of an embedded video hosted on YuJa.
Once a video is in your YuJa Media Library, you can simply use the YuJa Media Chooser button within the Moodle text editor to embed the video in Moodle. If your video is not yet in your Media Library, you will be offered a chance to upload the video from your computer. Because the Media Chooser button is available wherever you see the Moodle text editor, video can be easily added to almost any type of Moodle activity. For example, students might use it to attach a video to a Moodle assignment or discussion. Here are some Instructions for using the YuJa Media Chooser.
YuJa and Moodle work together
In order for YuJa to work effectively within a Moodle course, you must link the two in such a way that a corresponding course is created in YuJa and populated with the right students. This may sound difficult but all it requires is for you to add YuJa, just like any other Moodle activity, to the course, and request that each of your students follow the YuJa link at least once. The moment a student follows the YuJa link from within Moodle, they are automatically added to the corresponding course. After that they may visit YuJa via the link in Moodle, directly at stolaf.yuja.com, or via the mobile app–whichever method they prefer. Here are some Instructions for setting up a YuJa activity within Moodle.
Why would you want to link YuJa to a Moodle course? Linking has several benefits. First, that’s what makes it possible to see all the recordings related to the course, and to be notified when a new recording becomes available. In addition, students can discuss recordings and other course topics within YuJa and the YuJa app. Finally, it enables students to record and upload their own recordings to YuJa and have them show up in the appropriate course.
Talk to iTech to get started
Members of the St.Olaf community are welcome to experiment with and use YuJa on their own. You don’t need permission to use it, and all faculty, staff and students automatically have a YuJa login. However, if you want to use YuJa within Moodle there are things you need to know that are beyond the scope of these introductory pages. Ideally, you should meet with a member of the iTech team to discuss your needs and get a fuller explanation of how YuJa works with Moodle to get all your students assigned to the relevant course. Also, your YuJa account will need to be upgraded to instructor status. You can get the ball rolling by contacting iTech@stolaf.edu.