Tagged: embed

Images don’t display in emailed Announcements

Internet Explorer users need to be aware of a new issue with announcements that include embedded images. Images will not display if an announcement is emailed. The issue only occurs if the announcement was created using Internet Explorer, and only affects users who read the announcement outside of the VLE.

A workaround is to use Chrome or Firefox when creating the announcement.

Comments are welcome, however if you need help or advice please contact the IT Service Desk on tel (0113) 343 3333, or itservicedesk@leeds.ac.uk.

Updated: Embedding video from LUTube and YouTube in the VLE

The issue reported on the 10/10/2013 has now been resolved and any new LUTube videos you embed will now play as expected in the latest browsers.

However older embedded links will continue to be problematic. A workaround when embedding videos from LUTube is to replace any existing http links with https in existing embeds.

This video demo highlights how you can do this: http://www.screencast.com/t/qsYJvBCYTm

Some older YouTube links may also be affected, this can be resolved by replacing the existing embed with the current YouTube embed code. If you are a student or staff member and are unable to access insecure content via the VLE you should contact the module tutor to make them aware of the issue.

Important: Due to security restrictions for user created content in place on the VLE,  students are unable to embed video in the VLE, if students are required to include video from the web they should provide the video link as an alternative. Note that LUTube videos set as ‘hosted’ will not work in this way, if you want to link to LUTube content you should set video access permissions to ‘public’ or ‘logged in users’ if you wish to limit access to University of Leeds staff or students only.

Comments are welcome, however if you need help or advice please contact the IT Helpdesk on tel (0113) 343 3333, via the online contact form, or helpdesk@leeds.ac.uk.

Embedding video from LUTube in the VLE

We have had several reports of students and staff being unable to view videos embedded from LUTube in the VLE.

Recent updates to Firefox and Chrome mean that any insecure content (e.g. LUTube video) embedded in the VLE will be automatically blocked by the browser. This feature also exists in Internet Explorer where users are prompted to hide/view insecure content.

A workaround when embedding videos from LUTube is to replace any http link in the embed code to https. The video demo highlights how you can do this: http://www.screencast.com/t/jcRAaL0wT4

Some older YouTube links may also be affected, this can be resolved by replacing the VLE embed with the current YouTube embed code.

If you are a student or staff member and are unable to access insecure content via the VLE you should contact the module tutor to make them aware of the issue.

Adding audio to your module with Soundcloud

There are a lot of embedded content tools in the VLE but something we in the VLE Service want to do is help you explore other options on the net that we haven’t integrated yet. Something we have missed in the VLE since the removal of the Horizon Wimba audio tools is a quick way to add brief audio recordings to your module. One of the services we’ve been experimenting with is an audio site called Soundcloud.

Soundcloud offers an embeddable audio player and an on-screen audio recording applet. It also offers the possibility of allowing registered Soundcloud users to comment on your recordings.

Take a look at this demonstration on YouTube as we walk through the interface:

There’s also ample help on the soundcloud website to get you started.

Caveats: be aware that Soundcloud is not an embedded tool in the VLE – your audio will not be held by the University. Try the tool and see how it works – just be sensible and  don’t bank all your audio there – this is the same common sense advice for all web based, non-University controlled  multimedia services you might link to from the VLE – Google, YouTube, Flickr etc. Always keep a backup, be mindful of intellectual property considerations and don’t use it for commercially confident or personal, sensitive information. If it isn’t clear what this might be, just ask the helpdesk and they’ll put us in touch with you.

Built in privacy settings also provide a way to restrict who can see your files on the wider internet as well. If you need advice, log a call with the helpdesk. The VLE team can discuss use-case scenarios with you and advice on suitable settings.

Soundcloud makes recording and downloading audio easy too, you can configure file saving on the embedded audio applet so that you and your listeners can download the audio file for later listening. It’s easy to see how you might utilise Soundcloud for quick recording, especially if you are unfamiliar with more complicated desktop applications such as Audacity.

Have fun! With a free Soundcloud account you have 120 minutes of audio storage available, and deleting old, unwanted files will free up space if you need it.