This tutorial shows instructors how to add the "Course Media" tool to their D2L course Navigation Bar.  The Course Media tool is one of two D2L integration with Kaltura, which is a service that streams media over the web.  The second D2L/Kaltura integration is My Media.

My Media Option:

If you need students to simply upload media (audio or video files) directly to D2L tools, such as a Discussion Post, a Dropbox Folder, or and ePortfolio Presentation, the best option for your needs is the My Media tool.  My Media is also integrated with Kaltura streaming service, however, it is simpler for students to use and does not require moderation on the part of the instructor, making it simpler for the instructor to use as well.

For information about My Media for student-created media distribution, please see this tutorial to get started: http://uwmltc.org/?p=7860

Course Media Option:

The Course Media tool provides additional functionality for managing media contributions from students.  Course Media is a central library (repository) of all media uploaded by instructors and students in a specific D2L course.  Students and instructor can also access sharable embed code for the media uploaded to Course Media.

The Course Media tool requires instructor moderation.  This means that in order for student media to be viewed or shared, the instructor must [Approve] media uploaded by students.  In addition, instructors must [Publish] media that they upload.  Because Course Media requires these additional steps, it is only recommended when instructors need the added functionality of shareable embed code or when a central repository of media contributed by students (and instructors) is required.

You may consider printing this tutorial and referencing it as you work.  A printable PDF version of this tutorial can be found here: https://db.tt/wJMLoMWY

Step #1

Step #1
  1. Click [Edit Course].

Step #2

Step #2
  1. Click [Navigation & Themes] in the [Site Setup] area under [Course Administrator].

Step #3

Step #3

You’ll see the [Course Default] navigation bar under the heading [Navbars].

  1. Click the pull-down arrow to the right of [Course Default] and select the [Copy] button (icon looks like 2 pieces of paper).

Step #4

Step #4

A new navigation bar called [Course Default – Copy] will appear below [Course Default].  

  1. Click on the blue hotlinked title for [Course Default – Copy].

Step #5

Step #5
  1. Enter a [Name] for the new navigation bar that will help you identify it later.  You may choose to use the course name, semester, and year.
  2. Under [Links] you will see 4 quadrants.  These correspond to the Top-Left, Top-Right, Bottom-Left, and Bottom-Right Link Areas of your navigation bar.  Identify the area in which you’d like to add the link.  You may wish to choose the top-right if you plan to use [Course Media] infrequently or for a specific project.
  3. Click the [Add Link] button in the area in which you’d like to add the link.

Step #6

Step #6
  1. Scroll through the list and check the box in front of [Course Media].
  2. Click the [Add] button.

Step #6

Step #6

The [Course Media] Link will appear in you chosen Link Area.

  1. You may wish to re-order the [Course Media] Link.  To do this, click and hold, then drag the [Course Media] Link to achieve the desired order.

Step #7

Step #7
  1. When your new navigation bar is complete, click [Save and Close] button at the bottom of the page.

Step #8

Step #8

You’ve created and edited a new navigation bar, but you still need to make it active.

  1. Click the pull-down arrow to the right of [Active Navbar] and select your new Navigation Bar from the list.
  2. Click the [Apply] button.

You’ll receive a message that your new navigation bar is "set as active navbar."

Step #9

Step #9

You new Navigation Bar will show as [Active] and the changes will be evident in the course navigation.

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