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How do I Embed a YouTube Video in D2L ePortfolio?

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Students can upload a video to YouTube and insert the embed code into D2L ePortfolio in three easy main steps.

Video Tutorial

Written Instructions

Step 1: Create a YouTube Account

NOTE: If you do not already have a YouTube account, you will need to create one. If you already have a YouTube account, continue on to Step 2.
  1. Go to
  2. Click Sign In on the top right of the page (or on the top of the left side of the screen).
  3. On the top right of the screen, click CREATE AN ACCOUNT.
  4. Fill in all of the fields, and agree to the Google Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.
  5. Click Next step.
  6. If desired, add a profile photo by uploading a photo from your computer. Click Next Step.
  7. You should now be at the Welcome page.

Step 2: Upload a Video to YouTube

  1. Once you have logged in, click Upload at the top right of the screen (to the left of your e-mail address).
  2. Select a name for your channel. (If you already have a channel, skip this step.) Click Next!
  3. Click Select files from your computer.
  4. Find the desired file, then click Choose.
  5. While the video is being uploaded, adjust the title, description, tags, privacy settings, category and license to your wishes.  NOTE: The video will be done when the text next to the top thumbnail says "Upload complete!".

Step 3: Embed YouTube video in ePortfolio

  1. Open D2L in ANOTHER TAB or WINDOW.
  2. Access D2L ePortfolio.
  3. Click New, then HTML File.
  4. Create a name for the new video.
  5. Click on the text editor box.
  6. Icons will appear within the box. At the bottom left-hand side of the box, click the Edit HTML Source icon. Edit html source icon A new window will appear.
  7. Go back to your new YouTube video.  Click on the link next to "Your video will be live at:".
  8. At the bottom of the video, click Share.
  9. Click Embed.
  10. A new box will appear beneath the embed button containing code. Below this is a check box "Use Old Embed Code". Tick this check box
  11. Copy the text/ code from the text box above the check boxes.
  12. Go back to D2L ePortfolio. Paste the text in the new window.
  13. Click Update to close the window.
  14. The video should be visible in the text editor box.
  15. Click Next.
  16. Add a description and tags as desired.
  17. Click Save.
  18. Click Done.
  19. Verify that your video is working properly by selecting Open File under the title.


YouTube is a 3rd party service unaffiliated with the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. This guide is provided to assist members of faculty and students who elect to use these services and want to in connection with institutional systems such as the ePortfolio tool in Desire 2 Learn. In choosing to use such a third party service with UW's Desire 2 Learn users acknowledge that they are individually responsible for their use of any external service and any content they host therein. Users should ensure that they take adequate steps to ensure the security of their account(s) on YouTube and adequately protect their personal information. The University makes no guarantee about the reliability of such services and the helpdesk will not support their use. This tutorial is for informational purposes only. This tutorial is not an endorsement of the service by Learning Technologies or the wider University.

In other words:

  • this tool is not formally supported by UWO
  • the helpdesk will not answer any questions about using this tool
  • you are responsible for your account on this tool and any content in it
  • Also note if you choose to use an external 3rd party service, please carefully consider what online identities, email addresses, or existing accounts you decide to use. It may be in your interest to create new accounts with these tools to associate with your studies and professional work.

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