Share audio and video using Google Drive
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When you upload certain media files to Google Drive, it processes them in such a way that they can be played back right in the browser – sort of like YouTube. This is why we recommend uploading larger media files to Google Drive instead of D2L Brightspace.
Limit how your files are shared
It is possible to limit how students share, print, download, and copy within Google Drive, (external link) but you can't stop how students share the file content in other ways (e.g. screenshots, recording the screen). You can only limit individual files, not entire folders.
If you are sharing an audio-embedded PowerPoint presentation, you will need to allow students to download the file to view the slideshow properly.
Supported file types include:
- Audio: MP3, MPEG, WAV, .ogg, .opus
- Video: WebM, .MPEG4, .3GPP, .MOV, .AVI, .MPEGPS, .WMV, .FLV, .ogg
Instructors often ask why we recommend uploading video content to Google Drive, then linking it to D2L Brightspace instead of simply uploading it directly to D2L Brightspace.
Below, we have outlined a number of criteria that guide our recommendations. Hopefully, they can help you to decide which solution is best for you!
|Criteria||Google Drive||D2L Brightspace Content|
Streaming video can provide a better experience for students who don't have a fast internet connection.
Larger/longer videos highlight this disadvantage more than smaller/shorter videos.
Captioning of the audio is required for students who cannot hear the audio, but can be an important learning and study tool for all students in the class.
Note that Google Drive does not provide automatic captioning of audio or video. You can attach a caption file in either tool.
|Can attach a formatted caption (external link) (SRT or SUB) or transcript (VTT) file.||
Limited auto-captioning (needs editing!).
Can attach a formatted caption (SRT) or transcript (WebVTT) file.
Preventing downloading is discouraged for most study resources, as this practice may be necessary for students who must review course materials without an internet connection.
Some instructors may find it necessary to prevent downloading for certain files.
|Yes, you can prevent users from downloading shared files
|I can allow people to view this content in multiple ways (i.e. share with individuals, share through multiple course shells, share with groups, embed on public websites).||Yes||No. Only those in the course shell can see the content.|
|The person uploading this content must have a role in my D2L Brightspace shell like Course Builder, TA, or Instructor.||No, they only need access to the folder in Google Drive.||Yes|
|When added to the Content tool of my Brightspace shell, the video can play in the Brightspace interface with the shell navigation intact.||Yes, depending on the settings chosen.||Yes|
|Students may receive an error accessing this content if they have more than one Google account.||Yes, but there is a login workflow that will help.
|Uploading here requires an extra step to make the content available in the Content tool of my Brightspace shell.||Yes, a link must be added to the Content tool.||No, content is usually uploaded directly to the Brightspace Content tool.|