Last modified: February 08 2015 16:45:05.

Video Annotation Tool


Video Annotation Tool Interface

The Video Annotation Tool allows administrators of the course to add a video - either privately hosted or from public sites such as YouTube- to the coursewear so that instructors and enrolled learners can engage in close viewing and add media-rich annotations or commentaries and tags to selected time ranges of the video timeline.


To add the Video Annotation Tool click on the “Advanced Module” button (see figure below) and then click on the “Video Annotation” list item.

If you don't see the Video Annotation tool listed you will need to install it under the Manual Policy Definition Advanced Module List for your course settings. For more information on how to do this please visit the the Setup page

Add video module list item UI

After clicking the “Video Annotation” item, you will be presented with a sample video already loaded in the module.

Video Annotation Studio Module

To change the video click on the “Edit” button and the Editor window will pop-up on top of the module page. Here you have two window options: the Editor window to change the video to be annotated or the Settings window to change the tool settings. You can toggle between “Editor” and “Settings” by clicking on the corresponding buttons on the top right of the window. See a description bellow for each window option.


Editing the Video Annotation Module: Editor interface

To change the instructions click on the “edit” button. Then click on the “Editor” button if it’s not already selected and the editor window will pop-up on top of the module

Video Annotation Editor

To add or modify a set of instructions to your module enclose the assignment directions between the <instructions> </instructions> opening and closing tags. Here you need to use HTML tags for your text. Note it may be easier to copy and paste HTML code generated from a WYSIWYG editor of your preference (for example Adobe Dreamweaver).


Editing the Video Annotation Module: SettingsView

To change the settings for the video annotation module click on the “Settings” button (see fig. 8). The settings are listed in the alphabetical order of the titles.

Video Annotation Tool Settings (part 1 )

Default Annotations Tab: Here you can define what annotations will be preloaded when students first visit the page. You can chose from one of three possible options: myNotes, Instructor, or Public (only enter one). See below a description for each option:

Display Name: To add a title for the module enter the name in text field.

Email for ‘instructor’ Annotations: Instructors have the option to display pre-populated annotations within the text. You can enter the email of one registered user in the course (preferably one of the administrators of the site) to use as the “instructor” annotations. The annotations entered by the “instructor” will be displayed when the “instructor” tab is selected in the student view.

Mode for Annotation Tool: Here you can define annotation read and writing privileges for the entire course. There are three possible modalities using two predefined terms: “instructor” and “everyone”.

Additional settings are available if you scroll down the window.

Video Annotation Tool Settings (part 2)

Poster URL: If you want to display an image on the video welcome screen add the URL to the image

Source URL: Enter the URL to where the video is hosted


Using the Video Annotation Tool