August 18 2015

Advanced Moodle Features: Multimedia Capabilities

Written by Nimritta P.

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One of the greatest benefits of eLearning, is the ability to incorporate multimedia. Moodle’s multimedia capabilities are available through plugins. By enabling your Multimedia plugins filter in Moodle, multimedia will be transformed from a link that points to a multimedia resource, to the appropriate multimedia player. An example of this is if a teacher places a video file as a resource in a course, or includes a URL link to an external video file. When the multimedia plugin is turned on, students will then be able to play video files from a screen within their Moodle interface.


Currently, video accounts for 47% of global internet traffic. By 2016, this number is expected to reach to 86%. Video can be used to provide students with lectures they missed or to deliver learning videos (Eg. “How to”). For video in Moodle you have a couple of different options. You can upload a video right into Moodle. This works well if you have an original video (Eg. a recording of a class lecture). You also have the option to embed a video from an external site, such as YouTube or Vimeo.

Audio Clips

Using audio in a Moodle course allows students to catch up on lectures (by listening to recorded lectures). This can include podcasts which is possible through the Podcast plugin.


Animations can be uploaded to Moodle, just as you would upload a video. Depending on your animation file, you can also upload it as you would with an image. Within Moodle, you have the capability to add additional file types to Moodle that may not have previously existed.

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