This tutorial will show you how to upload a video to YouTube using the Unlisted feature and embed the video in a D2L Discussion Post. The Unlisted feature in YouTube prevent the video from being seen by the general public. If you embed the Unlisted video in a D2L Discussion Post, only the instructor and students in your course can see the video!

Before you begin, you must:

  1. Have a YouTube account. If you do not have a YouTube account, you can sign-up for one here:
  2. Have desktop access to a video file the is supported by YouTube. For a list of supported video file formats see:

Step #1

  1. Go to and click the [Sign In] button.

Step #2

  1. Once logged-in, click the [Upload] button.

Step #3 – OPTIONAL


If your video is over 15 minutes, you will need to verify your YouTube account is active (by providing YouTube with a mobile number) before you can upload your video.

  1. If you are uploading a video that is over 15 minutes and you see the “Upload HD videos in various formats up to 15 minutes” message, click the [Increase your limit] link.

Step #3b – OPTIONAL

  1. To verify your YouTube account, select [Voice call] or [SMS].
  2. Enter your phone number.
  3. Click [Submit].

YouTube will either call or text you a verification number. Place this number in the box when prompted and continue to the next step.

Step #4

  1. To upload your video, click the [Upload] button.

Step #5

  1. Browse to the location on your computer where you have stored your video file. Select the file.
  2. Click [Open].

Step #6

  1. The video file will begin uploading. You can monitor the progress in the progress bar.
  2. Enter a [Title] for your video.

Step #7

  1. Pull down the arrow under [Privacy Settings]. Select [Unlisted].

Step #8

  1. Once the file has been uploaded, YouTube will generate a link to the video. Click this link to view the video and obtain the Embed Code necessary for D2L.

Step #9a OPTIONAL – additional methods for finding your video

  1. You may also click the [Video Manager] if you’d like to browse for your video or select a different video.

Step #9b OPTIONAL – additional methods for finding your video

  1. You can also find your video under [Video Manager] in your account.
  2. Click the title to view the video and obtain the Embed Code necessary for D2L.

Step #10


Once you are are viewing your video, you can obtain the Embed Code necessary for D2L:

  1. Click the [Share] button at the bottom of your video.
  2. Click the [Embed] button.
  3. UNCHECK the box in front of [Show suggested videos when the video finishes].
  4. CHECK the box in front of [Use old embed code].
  5. Click into the box with the embed code to highlight the text. Copy the text by hitting [CTRL+C] on your PC keyboard or [Command+C] on your Mac keyboard.

Step #11


Once the Youtube embed code is copied to your clipboard, you can paste the code into a Discussion Post in D2L using the instructions below:

  1. Log in to D2L ( and enter your course site. Once you are in your course site, click on [Discussions] in the upper navigation bar.

Step #12

  1. Click on the appropriate Discussion topic or this assignment.

Step #13

  1. Click the [Start a New Thread] button.

Step #14

  1. In the editor, click the small icon that looks like a play, stop, rewind, and fast forward button, called [Insert Stuff].

Step #15

  1. A new window will pop up. Click the button [Enter Embed Code].
  2. Paste the embed code that you copied from Step #11 into the [Embed code:] window.
  3. Click [Next].

Step #16


You will see a preview of your presentation in the window.

  1. Click the [Insert] button.

Step #17

  1. Once you return to the [New Message Details] page, enter a title for your post.
  2. Click [Post].

Step #18


You should see the presentation in your discussion post. You (and your peers) can control the play and volume from here.