D2L - Embedding with Insert Stuff (UW-Madison)


UW-Madison is adopting Canvas as the single, centrally supported learning management system, and discontinuing support for Desire2Learn (D2L) and Moodle. Access to D2L and Moodle will permanently end June 1, 2018. For information about retaining materials from D2L or Moodle, please refer to this document.

Many online video hosts such as Vimeo and YouTube provide embed code that can be used in conjunction with the "Insert Stuff" button in D2L to embed media in a course page. Used sparingly, it offers a great way to spruce up a course with multimedia.

Look for the "insert stuff" button (pictured below) in the html editor.  

This is an image of the tool "insert stuff" that can be located on the right hand side of the html editor tool bar.

To use it, start by placing the cursor where you want the inserted content to appear. You will be presented with one of a few options of materials to embed:

  • My Computer: Upload something from your computer and create a link.
  • Course Offering files: Link to something that has already been uploaded to your course.
  • ePortfolio: Link to something that has already been uploaded to your personal ePortfolio.
  • YouTube and Flickr: Search YouTube and Flickr and automatically embed it.
  • Insert link: Paste in a URL link. Content from a number of sites (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.) will be automatically embedded!
  • Enter embed code: If you have embed code (which typically includes things like <object> or <iframe>) from a website, paste it in the box. Make sure that the embed code includes an embed with https code. If you have an embed which only uses http you and your student's browsers will likely have issues displaying the content inside D2L.

Be on the lookout for things on the web with an "embed" option. For example, many instructors have used Google Forms for gathering feedback from students, or for lightweight self-assessment.

Note that Google docs/spreadsheets can be embedded, but that users with "edit" access may experience issues with editing.

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Keywords:learn@uw learnuw d2l desire2learn embed embedding insert stuff youtube flickr google docs forms iframe vimeo https http   Doc ID:26362
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Created:2012-09-06 09:46 CDTUpdated:2017-12-01 12:20 CDT
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