How Do I Add a Media Playlist?

Valid for Moodle 2.5.  Updated on 9/3/2013.

The media playlist makes it easy for you to add short pieces of media to your course. It is especially useful when you have a large number of media files that you use year after year since it avoids the need to copy the files each time they are used.

To use this resource type the media files must be loaded onto a special media server. If the files have not already been loaded, talk to the Academic Technology Department about having this done.

  1. From your course page, turn editing on and go to the Topic or Week in which you want to add a resource.
  2. Click on the Add a resource drop-down box and select Media Playlist to get the playlist interface or select Media Playlist from the activity chooser.

  3. Type in a name for your playlist; this name will be displayed on your course’s Moodle page.
  4. In the Content section of the page (which you may have to open), click the EDIT button. This will bring up a modified File Picker. Media files are organized using folders. Click on the lms folder to open it.

  5. Work your way through the folders until you find the files you want.

    Video files appear with a screen capture image. Audio files appear with an icon.  Click on all the files you want the students to have access at this point. Then click on the Save button. This will add them to the Content section of the media playlist form. Important: All the files in a single playlist must be in the same folder. Also the files will appear in the playlist in the order you selected them.
  6. Scroll down and click on Save and return to course.  A link to the media now appear on the course page. When the students click on the link they will bring up the media player.  The various files you selected will be listed on the right and the student can play any of those file by clicking on it. The list will scroll if it's too long to appear next to the player.

Warning: If the browser window is too narrow the vertical scroll bar, the file names and even the file image/icon may not appear. In this situation the user needs to increase the width of their browser window.