Mat Bury, (@matbury and blogging at http://matbury.com) recently posted a new media module for Moodle. Moodle inherently supports several media types, including audio, video (flash, mov and wmv) and embeddable content. Mat’s created a more flexible and powerful activity (yes, not simply a resource) module that allows users to engage the content and allows course authors and administrators to access enhanced capabilities in order to display media.
From Mat’s post:
If you only deploy video and nothing more, then it isn’t interactive and it would be unreasonable to call it an activity. The Media Player module includes options that have quite a high degree of interactivity such as Snapshot and Searchbar. As you’ll see while you read this article and try out the demos, it’s much more than a video player and will continue to support more features as they become available.
Here are some of the other benefits, more information and descriptions of each can be found at http://matbury.com/wordpress/2010/02/25/new-media-player-module-for-moodle/:
- External captions files
- HD video support
- Search bar
- Utilize YouTube as a hosting service
A demo of the module can be found at Mat’s Moodle: http://matbury.com/moodle/mod/mplayer/view.php?id=636; login as a guest to view it in action (and ultimately see how to use it). You won’t be disappointed.