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Reuse Content Semester to Semester

Use sharing to make Warpwire course videos accessible to students when you duplicate a course in the LMS.

Once you've taken the time to build a course in your learning management system, you don't want to have to do the work again if you teach the same class a few semesters later.

This guide will show you how to make sure your Warpwire videos are playable and shared appropriately when you duplicate a course in your LMS that contains embedded Warpwire content.

First, we'll assume that both the original and duplicate course are already made in your LMS - that's the first step.

Let's navigate to the original course in the LMS.

Sakai list of courses

Next go to the Warpwire Media Library by clicking the Warpwire link the the course navigation. Things will look a little different in each LMS, but the process is the same.

Warpwire course Media Library within Sakai course

Before we go any further, it's worth noting the difference between sharing and copying.

I'm about to share some of these videos - when you share a video it keeps the same analytics, and keeps the same link and embed code. Sharing is the best choice for this scenario because in the duplicated course, all of the Warpwire videos have the same URLs as they did in the original course - we just need to share them so that the new group of students can watch.

The other option would be to copy videos. If you copy the video instead, you're creating a new version with fresh analytics and a new URL. You’d have to re-embed the new video copies in your duplicate course, which is extra work we want to avoid.

Great! Let's go ahead and share this course Media Library (2016.SP.AS.302) with the new course (2017.SP.AS.302).

Media Library options dropdown

We'll select "Specific Users and Groups (Protected)" from the dropdown menu,

Media Library sharing options

Then search for the new course and click to share.

User and group sharing search

Now that we've shared the original Media Library with the new course group, let's go to that course and verify that things are working.

We'll switch to the other course.

List of Sakai courses

Navigate to a page with a Warpwire video embedded, and see that members of the new course, have permission to watch the old course videos.

Old video embedded in new course

If you teach a course more than two times, you'll always navigate back to the original instance and share that Media Library with each new duplicate course group. In this example, it means we'd always go back to the 2016 Astronomy course (2016.SP.AS.302) and share it with each new duplicate course as we made them over the years.

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