Admins and Teachers: How to setup Screencast-O-Matic with Moodle

Admins and Teachers: How to setup Screencast-O-Matic with Moodle

Admins and Teachers: How to setup Screencast-O-Matic with Moodle

The Screencast-O-Matic LTI screen recorder integrates with many learning management systems.  This article will help with the setup and use of the Screencast-O-Matic LTI app within the Moodle LMS for administrators and teachers.

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Use of the Screencast-O-Matic LTI app is compatible with all plans; Free, Deluxe, and Premier.

Teachers can add Screencast-O-Matic to their Courses

If you are a teacher, you can use the Screencast-O-Matic LTI app with Moodle LMS without an admin.  Read the instructions below or watch a video on how teachers can add the Screencast-O-Matic LTI app.

First, choose a course and go to the upper right and select the Settings Cog icon.  Choose "Turn Editing On".


Find a course module and click on "Add an activity or resource".


If your admin has already configured Screencast-O-Matic, then you may find the LTI plugin listed in the Activities Menu. Select it and Click "Add".


If your admin has not added the Screencast-O-Matic app

On the activities menu, select "External Tool" and click add.


A form appears.  Please fill out the following:
  1. Activity Name: Screencast-O-Matic
  2. Tool URL: see immediately below


After, click "Save and return to course".

All done!  As a teacher, you can now use SSO via Moodle, launch the tools, and add recordings to courses.  If you have a Team Premier Plan, your administrator can add the LTI app (see below) to enable additional features such as adding a video channel and embedding a screen recorder button for student video assignments.  


To add the free LTI app as a Moodle admin.

Login to your Moodle instance as an admin.  Click on "Site Administration", then "Plugins".  Finally click on "Manage Tools" to configure the Screencast-O-Matic app as an external app.  See below.



Under "Add Tool", input the following url into the Tool Url field:

Click "Add".



Note: You can ignore the Consumer Key and Shared Secret fields for now unless you would like to enable the Deluxe or Premier features for your account.  See later in this article for more information on the Consumer Key. 

To use the free version of the Screencast-O-Matic LTI, leave the Consumer Key and Shared secret blank and click "Save Changes".


To easily enable teachers to add Screencast-O-Matic to their activities, click the settings cog shown below.


Scroll down to "Tool configuration usage".  From the pulldown select "Show in activity chooser as a preconfigured tool".


You're done.  Now teachers can embed their screen recordings directly into their activities within Moodle LMS.

Enable Team Deluxe and Team Premier Plans with the Consumer Key and Shared Secret

You can use the LTI App for your team to access the Deluxe Plan tools (screen recorder and video editor) and the additional features provided in the Premier Plan (embedding a video channel, adding a screen recorder button for student assignments, etc.).

In order for a Team Plan user to access the features of a Deluxe or Premier Plan, the admin for the plan will need to configure the LTI App with a private consumer key and secret.

First, login with your Admin account, click your user icon and then Settings.  On the left sidebar, click Integrations.

Make sure the LTI plugin is enabled (click the slider to On), and find the Key and Secret values in the fields.  Copy each value and we will take these values back to the Moodle configuration screen.  These are unique to the team account, and should not be shared with anyone outside of your team.

Once you've captured these values, enter them into the Moodle admin interface at this step above.  Complete the final steps in the admin interface and you will have enabled additional Deluxe or Premier functionality for your Screencast-O-Matic LTI app.


When launching the Screencast-O-Matic team application, why am I unable to use the video editor?

First, check to make sure your team account is upgraded to a Deluxe or Premier plan.  Access to the video editor is only included within these plans.

If you have a Deluxe or Premier account, check your Moodle app settings (or ask your Moodle Administrator to check/configure) to make sure you have the consumer key and secret added in, as in the instructions above.