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YouTube contains a wealth of information to share with your classes. It is also contains great tools for simply creating, editing, applying captioning and sharing your own video content. This section will provide tips and guides to get you started.


Visit the CRC YouTube Channel

Upload A Video To Youtube

Note: A active YouTube or Google account is required to perform the following.

  1. Sign in to YouTube.
  2. Click the "Upload" button at the top of the page.

  1. Before you start uploading the video you can chose the video privacy settings.
  2. Select the video you'd like to upload from your computer. You can also record a video from your webcam, create a video slideshow or import a video from Google+.
  3. As the video is uploading you can edit both the basic information and the advanced settings of the video, and decide if you want to notify subscribers (if you unpick this option no communication will be shared with your subscribers). Partners will also be able to adjust their Monetization settings.
  4. Click "Publish to finish" uploading a public video to YouTube. If you set the video privacy setting to Private or Unlisted, just click Done to finish the upload or click Share to privately share your video.
  5. If you haven’t clicked Publish, your video won’t be viewable by other people. You can always publish your video at a later time in your Video Manager.

Once the upload is completed YouTube will send you an email to notify you that your video is done uploading and processing. If you prefer not to receive notification, you can opt out by visiting your email settings.

Once the video upload is completed you can acquire the link or an embed code for use in D2L or on the web.


How To Upload A Video To YouTube  Document

Embed A Video Hosted On Youtube

Retrieve YouTube Embed
  1. Go to YouTube and locate the video you want to embed.
  2. Scroll down just below the video and click the "Share" option.

Image of Youtube share option

  1. Click on "Embed". YouTube will display a unique embed code.

Image of Youtube embed option

  1. Select and Copy the embed code


Inserting The Embed Code

Embed codes can be inserted into the html code of a webpage. For example we are going to use our LMS D2L.

  1. Login to D2L and navigate to a course in D2L.
  2. Within the content area, create a new file and give it a title.
  3. Click the "Insert Stuff" icon on the editor navigation bar.
  4. A new window will appear choose "Enter Embed Code" from the left-hand column.

Image of the D2L insert embed code option

  1. Paste the embed code you copied in step 4 of the retrieve embed code directions above.
  2. Click "Next".
  3. Click "Insert".
  4. Back on the editor you can add any additional information you would like above or below the video embed.
  5. Click "Publish" to finalize your embed insertion. 


How To Embed A Video Hosted On YouTube Document • Video

Closed Caption A Video

Note: You will need a YouTube account to use this process to create caption videos & files.

  1. Go to, log in to your account.

  2. Upload a video using the upload button at top of the screen.

  3. Click the Video Manager button, find movie (when it’s done processing)

  4. Pull down the Edit button, select Captions (you will need to wait for the video to be processed by YouTube before automatic captions become available)

  5. Select “English automatic captions

  6. Edit the text as you play the video

  7. Click the Download button and select the .SRT file format to download a copy of the transcript.


Example of the caption transcript:


The wonderful sounds of the Loon across a

misty lake early in the morning.



It brings the evocative feeling of the North Country.


Tips: Using YouTube As A Resource In Class

YouTube is filled with great footage on virtually every subject you can imagine. It is also filled with false, ideologically unsound, and poorly produced video, so you have to spend time to separate the grain from the chaff. Here are some tips to help speed up the process:

  • Look for videos of under 10 minutes in length. There are uploads of entire documentaries, movies, shows, etc. but you probably cannot devote one or more class period entirely to that source.
  • A bad video declares itself so almost immediately. In most cases you do not need to settle for it. Test-drive another.
  • Try to find videos that do more than replace your talking head with another. The idea is to change the class pace, not replicate it.
  • Make sure that you watch a promising video to the end before you choose it. Few bad videos become good, but quite a few good ones go bad.