Tools: How do I host course videos on YouTube?

How do I host course videos on YouTube?

Make an Account

The first thing you will need to do is create a YouTube account. All YouTube accounts are linked to Google/Gmail accounts; even if you already have one of these, you might want to make another one specifically for your course. Once this is done, you can go to YouTube and get started.

On YouTube:

The information you provide for your YouTube account is not so important, as the way you set your Privacy Settings will make it unlikely that anyone would go looking around on your profile.

Uploading Videos & Privacy Assurance

To begin building content, go to the YouTube homepage and click the main “Upload” button at the top of the page next to the search bar. It will take you to an upload page:

From here, you can either drag-and-drop your video, or you can click “Select files to upload” and browse your computer for the file. From there, your video will start uploading. You will want to assign it a name and perhaps a description, but tags, etc do not matter. On the right side, you will see a heading called “Privacy Settings” and you will want to make sure these are set to Unlisted:

All this can be done while the video is still uploading. From there, saving your changes will ensure that your video has been updated under your chosen criteria.

What does it mean for a video to be unlisted?

When a video is set to Unlisted on YouTube, it means that the video is not searchable and isn’t displayed on your publically accessible account page. Instead, you can only get to the video if you have the specific link (which you can see is at the top of the upload page above the blue progress bar). Therefore, the link you provide on your Blackboard course page will give the students direct access to the video, but anyone without that direct link will not be able to find it.

Uploading Audio

If you would like to upload an audio file that doesn’t have any visual content, you will have to create a slideshow with the audio in Windows Movie Maker or iMovie. You can simply add photos or slides to your audio in these programs. From there, uploading the file is the same process as uploading a video.

Please come into CMET Consulting for in person help to ensure you have setup your YouTube site correctly.

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