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How Do I Upload a Video That My Students Can Download or Share through Canvas?

Before you begin this tutorial:

  • Your video must be less than 2GB in size
  • You must be enrolled in the course as a "Teacher"

In this tutorial you will learn how to upload a video or audio file through the My Media in the Accounts area of Canvas. Once uploaded, you can choose to embed the media in your Canvas course site, with options that let your students share the video through embed code, or download the video (or audio file) for playback as a podcast or offline.

The "download" and "share" options are are not available in the default player that is embedded using the My Media in the HTML editor. All players, including the default player, provide Captioning, Speed Selection, and Full Screen options. If you DO NOT need the "download" and/or "share" options, you can use the My Media embed option in the  HTML editor by following these instructions:

You can embed the downloadable/sharable media in a Page or an Assignment. The choice of whether you add the media to an Assignment or a Page depends on your needs. While both method will allow you to assign a due date, the Assignment due date will be visible to students in:

  • the Course Summary under Course Syllabus
  • the "Coming Up" reminders on the Home area
  • the students' Calendars for the course

In comparison, adding the media to a Canvas Page will ONLY make the due date visible to students in the Course Summary under Course Syllabus, and will not provide reminders on the Calendar or Home area.

Generally speaking, online courses will best be served by embedding the media in an Assignment, while face-to-face course may only need the simple due date available in a Page.

Uploading a Video: Step #1

  1. After logging in to Canvas, click the Account tab in Global Navigation.
  2. Select My Media.

Uploading a Video: Step #2

  1. Click on Add New drop-down menu.
  2. Select Media Upload.

Uploading a Video: Step #3

  1. Click the Choose a file to upload button.

Browse to the location on your computer where you have saved your media file and select the file.

Uploading a Video: Step #4

  1. When the "Upload Completed!" message is received, type the media title.

Uploading a Video: Step #5

  1. Review the terms and conditions and click on the "I agree to the above terms and conditions" checkbox.
  2. Click the Save button.
  3. When you receive the "Your changes have been saved." message, click Go To Media.

Selecting a Player: Step #6

  1. Click the Details pull-down menu
  2. Select Share.

Selecting a Player: Step #7

Select the Player Skin you wish to embed in your course.

  • The Basic player is the default player available through the HTML editor in My Media and does not provide additional functionality beyond Captioning, Speed Selection, and Full Screen options.
  • The Download player provides the option to download the media (audio/podcast or video file) -- in addition to Captioning, Speed Selection, and Full Screen options.
  • The Share & Embed Player provides the ability to Share Embed Code -- in addition to Captioning, Speed Selection, and Full Screen options.
  • The Download, Share & Embed player provides the option to download the media (audio/podcast or video file) and the ability to Share Embed Code -- in addition to Captioning, Speed Selection, and Full Screen options.

Selecting a Player: Step #8

  1. Select Responsive Sizing. This setting allows the player to resize based on the use of a mobile device, the screen resolution, the browser window size.
  2. Select the Maximum Player Size that the player will display within the browser window in the course site. Keep in mind that the "full size" option will enlarge to the entire screen. These setting corresponds to the Large, Medium, and Small settings available through the HTML editor in My Media.

Selecting a Player: Step #9

  1. Once you have selected the Player Skin and the Maximum Player Size, click into the box with the Embed code to highlight the text.

Copy the text to your computer clipboard by hitting [CTRL+C] on your PC keyboard or [Command+C] on your Mac keyboard.

(Optional) Adding a Module: Step #10

  1. From within your Canvas course site, navigate to the Home area.
  2. Click the Module button.

(Optional) Adding a Module: Step #11

  1. Type the module name.
  2. Click Add Module button.

Adding Content to the Module: Step #12

  1. Click the Add button (looks like a "+").

Adding a Page: Step #13 (Skip if adding an Assignment)

If you'd like to add the video to an Assignment, skip this step.

  1. Select Page from the drop-down menu.
  2. Click New Page.
  3. Type the Page Name.
  4. Click Add Item.

Adding an Assignment: Step #14 (Skip if you added a Page)

If you've already added the video to a Page, skip this step.

  1. Select Assignment from the drop-down menu.
  2. Click New Assignment.
  3. Type the Assignment Name.
  4. Click Add Item.

Embedding the Video: Step #15

  1. Click the title of the module item you just created.

Embedding the Video: Step #16

  1. Click the Edit button.

Embedding the Video: Step #17

  1. Click the Insert/Edit media button.
  2. Click the Embed tab.
  3. Paste the text you copied in Step #9 by hitting [CTRL+V] on your PC keyboard or [Command+V] on your Mac keyboard.
  4. Click the Ok button.

Adding a Page: Step #18 (Skip if adding an Assignment)

If you'd like to add the video to an Assignment, SKIP THE REMAINING STEPS IN THIS TUTORIAL.

  1. Check the box in front of "Add to student to-do"
  2. Click the calendar icon and select the date when the assignment is Due.
  3. Click the Save and Publish button.

Adding an Assignment: Step #19

If you've already added the video to a Page, skip this step.

  1. Ensure that "0" is enter in the Points field.
  2. Check the box in front of "Do not count this assignment toward the final grade"
  3. If this is the first time you've uploaded media to this course site, click the Assignment Group drop-down menu and select [New Group]. If you've already created an Assignment Group for your ungraded media viewing assignments, select this group, and skip Step #10.

Adding an Assignment: Step #20 (Optional)

If you've already created an Assignment Group for your ungraded media viewing assignments, skip this step.

  1. Type a Assignment Group Name that will organize your ungraded media viewing assignments (e.g. "Videos").
  2. Click Add Group.

Adding an Assignment: Step #21

  1. Ensure that No Submission is selected under Submission Type.
  2. Click the calendar icon and select the date when the assignment is Due.
  3. Click the Save and Publish button.

Adding an Assignment: Step #22

  1. Click the Assignments tab in the Course Navigation area.

Adding an Assignment: Step #23

  1. Ensure that your ungraded media viewing Assignment Group is assigned "0" weight.

Note: if you do not see a weight, complete Steps #14 through Step #15.

Adding an Assignment: Step #24 (Optional)

If your media viewing Assignment Group is already assigned "0" weight, SKIP THE REMAINING STEPS IN THIS TUTORIAL.

  1. Click the "kabob" icon on the top right.
  2. Select Assignment Groups Weight from the drop-down menu.

Adding an Assignment: Step #25 (Optional)

  1. Click the checkbox in front of "Weight final grade based on assignment groups" in the popup window.
  2. Ensure that your ungraded media viewing Assignment Group is assigned "0" weight.
  3. Click Save.

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