Two questions about the "watch the next video" functionality
I'm not sure how long this functionality has been around but we recently noticed a couple of instances where it was very much unwelcome and we have a couple of questions... but first, let me explain.
There are a few instances where we realised that videos in a folder needed to be ordered alphabetically as the default ordering was not alpha/numeric. So we turned on the 'Set the display order for this folder' tick box in the folder's Settings -> Order tab. However, there is a side effect of doing this which is: seeing the "watch the next video" functionality.
What do I mean by "watch the next video" functionality?
Let's say you need to enable ordering in a folder that contains a bunch of videos. At the end of viewing a video in that folder, the viewer sees a message: "This video has ended..." as per the screenshot below.
What's wrong with that?
Well, having that functionality forced on you is one thing. But also, a couple of actual scenarios we've come across.
Using the Embed API to create branching video scenarios is awesome. We think it will be a very useful resource for our teachers. However, it looks really bad to have a branching choice menu overlay on top of the 'watch the next video' functionality. So we cannot enable ordering in those folders (to make file management easier).
A teacher in our LMS delivering content via screen recordings using Panopto. The teacher embeds the videos in the appropriate course in the LMS. There are other videos in the LMS-provisioned folder for that course but the teacher doesn't want students to watch those (for a number of reasons) until those videos are embedded. However, if the student clicks on the 'Watch in Panopto' button and views a video on Panopto, they will be encouraged to watch other videos in the folder. So the teacher would not be able to order the videos on the folder (for their own benefit) because they can't turn off this functionality.
So my two questions are:
- Has anyone else run into these issues?
- Is the only answer going to be to submit a Feature Request?