KB1154 - Tips for Hosting Video on YouTube

Many VCC Faculty and Staff use YouTube to host hundreds of videos on a wide variety of topics.

Here are a few tips about using YouTube to host your VCC videos:

  • Don't use your personal YouTube channel to host college-related content. (Mixing work and home channels just leads to confusion).
  • Create a YouTube channel specifically for your department, program, or course, or consult your colleagues and see if one already exists, and if you can use it. Creating a new channel requires creating a new GMail email account, which YouTube uses to communicate with all its users. Keep the account information in a safe place, or ask DL Support to create the account for you (then you'll have a backup if you lose the password).
  • If you don't want the video to be searchable on YouTube or discovered by Google (say you don't want some course-specific procedure to be publicized), you can hide it from the public while still making it available to your Students and your Moodle course. When you upload a video to your Channel, set it to "Unlisted". Similar to an unlisted phone number, only those who have the video's URL or embed code can watch it.
  • Captioning your video makes it accessible to those with hearing challenges. YouTube's auto-captioning has greatly improved in the past couple of years.
  • YouTube provides some handy tools for enhancing the brightness and colour-balance of poorly-lit videos. There are other editing capabilities available at YouTube as well. (You might not even need to use some off-the shelf video editing software.)
  • If you want support with recording, editing, uploading or embedding your video, ask eLearning Support for help at elsupport@vcc.ca. We can train you on the topics and techniques to make video easier and faster to produce.

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