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Multi-Embed filter

 
I Teach With Moodle
Multi-Embed filter
Plugin developersTesters

I have recently submitted a plugin for approval in the Moodle plugins database. This thread can be used to discuss the plugin. If you wish to preview the plugin, please visit https://github.com/frederic-nevers/moodle-filter_multiembed

The Multi-Embed filter is used to facilitate embedding of third-party content (e.g Prezi, Haiku Deck, etc.). The idea is simple: a teacher copies/pastes a link to an external service (e.g. Prezi) and the filter turns the link into embedded content, automatically. It follows a similar idea to the oEmbed filter. 

I constantly add services to the plugin, please feel free to submit ideas for new services here too. 

Cheers, 

Fred


 
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Picture of Majid Hussain
Re: Multi-Embed filter
 

Hi Fred,

This plugin looks very useful. I've installed it on my localhost but it seems that I need to add a link into the Atto editor rather than paste the URL as plain text?

In your screenshot, it looks like you have added the URL as plain text...

Please can you advise.

Kind regards,

Majid.

 
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I Teach With Moodle
Re: Multi-Embed filter
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Hi Majid,

Glad you find the plugin useful. Please make sure you have the 'Convert URLs into links and images' filter enabled and placed above the multi-embed filter. Doing that will allow you to just copy/paste a URL into the Atto editor without the need to create a link.

I'll update the documentation as soon as I get a chance.

Cheers,

Fred

 
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Picture of Joseph Liaw
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Hi Fred:

Looks pretty awesome....anyway your filter could embed a "live" Google Doc?

That would be a cool way for teachers to distribute "live" documents that a class could collaborate on, or perhaps collect an assignment that they could comment, annotate, and students could revise with the assignment module.....


Thanks for sharing this with the community!

 
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I Teach With Moodle
Re: Multi-Embed filter
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Hi Joseph, 

Thanks for the feedback and idea. Currently this filter cannot do what you describe, as I have not found a way to 'guess' what the embed code of a Google Doc (or other G Suite type) will be. This is an important part of the puzzle for my school, so we are looking at alternatives way of dealing with the very problem that you mentioned. Will share with the community if we come up with something. 

Cheers, 

Fred

 
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Picture of Joseph Liaw
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Thanks Fred!

What's tricky is how Google Drive has to set the permissions...there might be an API Google has that might work with a filter....if I figure something out I will also share....

Thanks!

--Joe

 
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Picture of Justin Hunt
Re: Multi-Embed filter
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I might have missed something. Can't we just wrap the link code that Google Docs produces into an iframe.

The steps are:

i) user goes to doc and from the file menu chooses "publish to web"

ii) follows prompts till they can copy the "link" that google provides

iii) paste that into Moodle. 

iv) filter wraps link in an iframe and returns it.


I did try this with Generico and it worked ok(and replied Joseph post there too). So I think it will work ok with multi-embed too.

 
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I Teach With Moodle
Re: Multi-Embed filter
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Hi Justin, 

What you described does work, however I decided against adding G Suite support to the multi-embed filter. The reason behind it is that most teachers I have worked with usually forget to publish their documents, paste the document URL into Moodle and end up thinking that the filter does not work. 

I have not yet come up with a nice and easy solution to embed Google docs into Moodle (a la Google Classroom) but that is something that I am looking into this academic year. It's one of the most popular requests at the school.

I am quite happy to add G Suite support in a future version of the plugin and switch it off on my own site, if that would help others. 

Keep the ideas coming!

Cheers, 

Fred

 
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I Teach With Moodle
Re: Multi-Embed filter
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Hi Joseph,

I found a bit of time this weekend to update my plugin and add GSuite support. It doesn't do anything fancy (sharing and such), other than embed Docs, Drawings, Forms, Sheets and Slides really easily. I hope you find it of use. 

It's available in the plugins database now. Please let me know if there are any issues, I was only able to do limited testing. 

Cheers, 

Fred

 
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Picture of Joseph Liaw
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Thanks Frederic!

I think your update will be really handy for teachers and students, especially with how quickly schools have adopted Google's tools for education--it will make your plugin even more useful and easy for people to embed Google docs, forms, sheets, etc.

Cheers,

-Joe

 
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Picture of Dave Laurie
Re: Multi-Embed filter
 

Hi Frederic,


This looks very useful - do you have a list anywhere of the services that are currently embeddable?


Thanks,
Dave

 
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I Teach With Moodle
Re: Multi-Embed filter
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Hi Dave, 

Yes, there is a list in the plugin description, which can be found at https://moodle.org/plugins/filter_multiembed

Cheers, 

Fred 

 
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Picture of Julia Miller
Re: Multi-Embed filter
 

Hi,

Do you know if the videos/Quizzes at https://study.com/ are being considered or are available through this plugin?

 
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I Teach With Moodle
Re: Multi-Embed filter
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Hi Julia, 

I don't have an account with them, and cannot seem to find a way to embed the quizzes in the 'free' user interface. All I seem to be able to do is share via Facebook. Can you please send me a sample embeddable code, and I'll see if it can be done. 

Cheers, 

Fred

 
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