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The term ‘embedding’ has several meanings. In this manual, ‘embedding’ is used to describe a specific type of link.

Embedding a link allows the user to view and access content as it sits in its original location without having to leave their website (e.g. blog or wiki) or intranet. It is commonly used for displaying online films, e.g. YouTube films, on websites.

Embedding involves copying the HTML code of the film, which is often displayed in a box near the film, and pasting it onto your website. The result of this is, rather than displaying the link, it will show a small screen of the film on your website.

The primary advantage to embedding material is that you do not need to copy the material in order to make it available on your website. Further, embedding is a good way to ensure that students only access the specific material you want them to see on a website, as opposed to accessing an entire webpage which may contain other material not appropriate or relevant to class exercise. It also means that the students do not leave the school content repository (eg class wiki or blog) in order to see that material.

Some websites, such as YouTube, provide the link for embedding films.  This makes embedding an easy and practical alternative to copying. It is important to note that some websites may require you to include a link back to that website from your webpage containing the embedded material. For example, Clause 4 of the YouTube terms of use states:

‘If you use the YouTube Embeddable Player on your website, you must include a prominent link back to the YouTube website on the pages containing the Embeddable Player’