Using the Ensemble Plugin in Nexus

Image: Nexus and Ensemble logos

Ensemble, our video streaming platform, is now integrated into Nexus making it much easier to provide access to audio files, videos, and your playlist without your students leaving Nexus.

Click here to learn how to make a playlist of your selected videos in Ensemble.


NOTE: You must have an account in Ensemble. If you don't have an account, please request one by contacting the Help Desk at


Providing your students to access the files in your Ensemble Library is as easy as adding an Activity or Resource. Your students do not need an Ensemble account and they will not have access to editing your Ensemble Libary, only to play back the files.


Image: turning Editing on in Nexus


1. In your Nexus course, Turn editing on.



image: -add activity in Nexus

2.  In the section where you want to add the video, click the link in the lower right to [Add activity or resource].




Image: choosing the external tool in Nexus3.  In the list of activities and resources choose External Tool, and then scroll down to click the red [Add] button.  Image: Nexus "Add" buttonSelect [Ensemble Video] from the Preconfigured Tool list.




Image: name activity, choose external tool, and select content in Nexus

4.  In the top General section,

  • Name your activity.
  • Choose Ensemble from the drop down list in the Preconfigured tool list.
  • Click on the gray button to [Select content].  Image: gray Select Content button

Image: choosing video  title

5.  Select your desired video by clicking on the green [+ Choose] button under your video thumbnail.Image: green Ensemble choose button







Image: Saving the video choice in Nexus/Ensemble

6.  You'll be taken to a confirmation screen where you can click on the green [Save] button.  Image: green Save button







If you'd like to provide a playlist the process is similar.

Click here to learn how to make a playlist of your selected videos in Ensemble.

1.  When you click the gray [Select content] button,Image: Nexus-Ensemble select content button Image: Nexus-Ensemble Choose Playlist tab

click on the [Choose Playlist] tab along the top



2.  And then choose your playlist by clicking on the [+Choose] button under your playlist name. Image: Nexus-Ensemble choose button




Now you'll be taken back to your Nexus course page.


Scroll down to the bottom and click on the [Save and return to course] button.  Image: Nexus "Save and return" button

Navigate back to your list of activities in the section and you'll see your video listed.

If you chose a single video, the listed activity wil look like the image below.
You can click on the pencil to edit the title. Click on [Edit] and you'll see otions to go back to the settings screen, hide the activity, and a few other options.

Image: Nexus video activity



If you chose a playlist, the icon will look like this: Image: Nexus-Ensemble playist icon


Now you're ready to turn editing off. Your students will see those same icons and they will be able to click on the titles to access the video or playlist.



If you are having difficulty or you have unanswered questions, please contact the Help Desk through the ITS Service Catalog or call (518) 388-6400.






Article ID: 103909
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