Student holding up phone to film within a classroom

The increased opportunities in using video for learning, teaching and assessment, can bring about benefits for both students and staff. With that in mind, here’s some guidance for NTU staff for using online video for learning teaching and assessment. This is not about how to create a video or technical information about file types, but simply, where to save, upload or send videos that you’d like students, staff or external examiners to view.
To help you decide how to use or share video there are 3 broad usage categories: staff created video or screencasts/capture, broadcast or found online video, and student presentations for assessment.

Student Presentations and Assessed Video

Student Presentations that have been recorded for assessment and also access by External Examiners should now be hosted using MyMedia Files. It is important to note that videos added to MyMedia Files within a Learning Room are by default accessible to all students & staff enrolled in that Learning Room. It is therefore important that Video files for assessment be placed in a specific folder restricted to named External Examiners only. Please contact us to discuss this in more detail.

Staff Created Video

These staff created videos typically fall into two types; screen capture of Lectures using Panopto and filmed scenes by staff. The former is managed by the Panopto lecture capture system and there is already online guidance in NOW > Technology Central for this. If you are using any screen capture software for demonstrations or using a video camera or smartphone to capture events, then using the MyMedia Files option in NOW is the recommended practice. Here you can upload audio and video via drag and drop, and by default have these available to students in that Learning Room.

For further guidance in creating video we recommend this previous blog post: A quick guide to producing video for Learning, Teaching or Assessment.

Broadcast or Found Video

Here at Nottingham Trent University we now have access to, a video-based learning platform. This resource houses a large number of short online courses to support development of a range of technology, business and creative skills. You can use found video to support learning and teaching and choose from embedding individual videos, through to linking to personally created playlists or professionally curated ones.

You can read more about in our curated playlists project post.

If you want students to view programmes or films that have been broadcast either in the UK or on a european satellite channel you have a couple of options: We recommend using BOB National/Learning-on-Screen for recent and archive UK broadcast video. You can either use the record function to “capture” a recent or soon to be aired programme, or search the archive for older broadcasts, these can then be linked to, or embedded in NOW. For Satellite broadcasts BOB National supports several foreign language channels, but for other sources we recommend using the web site of the original broadcaster and link to or embed the video from that source.

BOB National/Learning-on-Screen


Below you’ll find a handy table outlining these 3 broad usage categories and appropriate solutions.

Video Type Video Function Solution
Student Assessment Selected Student Assessment for External Examiners MyMedia Files Recommended
Staff Created Video resource for teaching MyMedia Files Recommended
Broadcast or Found External Original Content Embed or link from Original Hosting Source Recommended


David Jeckells
Learning Technologies Manager
Learning and Teaching Support Unit (LTSU)
School of Arts & Humanities – Nottingham Trent University