DigCompEdu Competence area

2.2 Creating and modifying digital resources & 3.3 Collaborative learning

Progression Level

Integrator (B1)

Minimum digital skills level of Students


Minimum digital skills level of Educators


Learning/Teaching situation

Software applications come to serve an effective way of both teaching & learning.

Target group

Teachers who want to prepare tutorials and other learning resources for software applications.


  • PC/laptop
  • Internet connection
  • DVD ripper programme


DVD ripper is a computer programme which facilitates copying the content of a DVD to a hard disk. They are used to transfer the DVD contents in order for it to be edited, formatted or converted so that it can be run on different media players.

How to do it (step by step)

Step 1


The first thing to bear in mind is that the videos you will probably edit and use most likely will be protected by copyright policies. When a material, which is not publically available (open source) is being ripped (or copied by a person who is not the owner of the material) in some countries it may be deemed copyright infringement. The EU directive 2001/29/EC allows for the member states to include (it is optional) a private copy exception in their national legal frameworks, which allows for natural persons (excluding enterprises and public bodies) to copy a material for their private usage only. If a copy version is used for commercial purposes the copier will be held liable to the national legislation and may go to prison. The law entails that rightsholders are compensated for their material being copied by the national budget.

However, as already mentioned private copy levy is not mandatory to be enforced in all countries, therefore in order to avoid presenting illegal contents to your student check what are the current regulations for your national context.

Step 3


Using visuals, especially videos tend to be quite an   appealing tool, which engages students´ attention as it is more relatable format than simply having a lecture-like speech. As a teacher you may want to use only a specific part of a movie or a video to show to your students as learning contents. Using a DVD ripper allows you to edit and select only the parts you need, without constantly having to pause and forward/backward the video.

For example, if you want to show your students a collated version of parts of different videos, it will be quite time-consuming to use the entire videos and forward/backward the motion to the selected part multiple times. Compiling the parts, you want to use beforehand and editing your own compilation would lead to having tailored and focused contents serving your purposes and the needs of your students.

Moreover, having the possibility to edit a video, is a good opportunity to show your students videos produced in other languages from different countries, thus diversifying the contents and perspectives they are exposed to. By adding subtitles or some explanatory notes about the contents, you will make it accessible for your students, thus enriching their learning resources.


Step 4


If you are displaying the videos in the classroom make sure you have the right equipment for your students to watch the video (PC/laptop, beamer, speakers, etc.)

 If there is no equipment available, you can have your students watch the videos as a home assignment and then discuss and analyze the contents in class with their peers.

There is more…

Edit your DVD Movies for the Classroom, available at: https://www.dalebasler.com/2008/04/edit-your-dvd-movies-for-the-classroom/

Official Journal of the European Communities, Directive 2001/20/EC, available at: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2001:167:0010:0019:EN:PDF

 IRIS Plus, Who Pay for Private Copying, available at: https://rm.coe.int/1680783bc7

See Also


How to Rip a DVD to your Computer, available ate: https://lifehacker.com/how-to-rip-a-dvd-to-your-computer-5809765

Using Video and Audio in Teaching (online and otherwise), available at: https://www.lib.umn.edu/copyright/using-video-audio