How to insert links to YouTube-Videos as text
Links for YouTube videos are often not displayed as text but as a preview of the video itself. Displaying a preview can be very annoying, especially if you don’t have much space, e.g. on smartphone screens. Or if you just don’t want to break your flow of the text. As a teacher, you should not let yourself be deprived of the freedom to display a YouTube video as a plain text link. In the video I show how to embed links to YouTube videos in Moodle as text and not as previews.
In the video, I show how to insert native language explanations in foreign language courses with Moodle in a consistent and time-efficient way at any location.
In foreign language courses in the classroom, participants can ask for help at any time. If they don’t understand something, they can ask the teacher.
However, in online foreign language courses, the circumstances are different: participants cannot ask for help immediately, at least in asynchronous teaching situations. Therefore, foreign language course creators need to think very carefully about how to give help. Not understanding foreign language text, especially instructions, can be so disruptive to the flow of a learning phase that the course’s continuation is significantly disrupted, if not impossible.
In the video, I show you how to retain the freedom to decide where to place an optional help button with an element of Bootstrap at nearly any point of your Moodle course.
It should not be determined by technical specifications, whether or not you can offer optional help as a support. It is and should be a didactic decision, no matter what Moodle or any other course management system (CMS) technically provides at any point of the course.
In a book we read information most times in a linear way by turning page by page. This approach is a kind of inconvenient when reading texts on a screen: to scroll through long texts on a screen is annoying, especially when using smartphones even with large screens. By using a Bootstrap element, you can avoid displaying long texts at once and make it much more user-friendly for your students to get the information they need in your Moodle course.
The layout of recent textbooks often contains remarks, notations, different colours to motivate the students to continue, to give comprehension aids and to show connections to other parts of the book. This kind of layout is a well-considered didactic design.
You can improve the structure of your Moodle course as well with several rail guards to lead the students and to offer a more user-friendly design. The key for this is an element of Bootstrap. It is as easy as copy and paste.