To add video to an Assignment in a Canvas course, you have three options. This article discusses OPTION 3-WEBCAM RECORDING. The other two options have links at the end of this article.
OPTION 3-WEBCAM RECORDING
Record a video "just-in-time" to add to your assignment. This method uses a Flash-based Webcam Recording Tool that does not require you to install any third-party apps.
BEGIN YOUR VIDEO SUBMISSION TO AN ASSIGNMENT
As part of a module in a Canvas course, the instructor may have included an Assignment in which you are asked to submit a video. In that assignment, click the button labeled SUBMIT ASSIGNMENT.
GO TO MY MEDIA
After clicking the SUBMIT ASSIGNMENT button, a window appears. Be sure the tab heading that is selected for this window is TEXT & MEDIA ENTRY (this is a configuration your instructor has set up). NOTE: In some situations the tab may only be labeled "Text Entry."
The standard Canvas content editing tool bar is available. Cick the FILMSTRIP ICON that resides in the editing tools palette just above the text editing box:
- A window will open labeled with "Embed Kaltura Media" with your personal collection of videos listed for MY MEDIA.
- In the upper right is a button labeled ADD NEW. Click it.
- A drop down menu contains several options:
- Select the option WEBCAM RECORDING to record a "just-in-time" video recording from your computer's built-in camera.
- FYI: At the end of your recording session, you will return to this window, "Embed Kaltura Media."
RECORD FROM YOUR WEBCAM
After clicking the option WEBCAM RECORDING, you are asked to allow the recording tool to access your computer's camera and microphone.
- Click the GREEN CHECK MARK for ALLOW.
Your camera and microphone will activate in a window labeled "Record from Webcam."
- Click anywhere on the video window to begin recording.
- To stop recording, click anywhere on the video window.
- In the lower portion of the video window, you will see a progress bar indicating how far the video has been processed.
- When the progress bar is full, click the SAVE button just to the left.
- NOTE: If you want to cancel your recording and start over, just click the RED RECORDING DOT to the right of the SAVE button.
DESCRIBE YOUR RECORDED VIDEO
Give the system a few seconds to save your video file. The window will alert you when the video recording has been uploaded.
- In the lower portions of the window, describe your recorded video.
- Fill in a title or Name for the video file (required).
- Description information is optional.
- Tags are optional, but you may want to enter the number of your Canvas course.
- Do NOT click the SAVE button.
- After entering the file name, click the text BACK TO BROWSE AND EMBED.
SUBMIT YOUR RECORDED VIDEO TO THE ASSIGNMENT
You are returned to the window labeled "Embed Kaltura Media." It may take a few seconds or minute for your recorded video to appear at the top of the list of videos.
- When your recorded video appears, to its right you have two selection choices:
- Click the word SELECT and that file, in its existing size and quality, is added to your Discussion topic.
- Click the Downward Pointing Arrow next to the word SELECT and choose a different size for the video you are adding to a Discussion topic: LARGE | MEDIUM | SMALL.
At this point you are returned to the Canvas content editing tool bar with your video.
Within the text editing box, a representation of your video appears. Don't worry that there is no thumbnail. It will display shortly.
- Click the SUBMIT ASSIGNMENT button.
- The Canvas page will show an alert at the top confirming that your video has been submitted.
- As well, to the right, another confirmation appears showing a checkmark and the words "Turned In!"
You have two other options for adding a video to an Assignment. Use the following links.
If you already have videos in your My Media collection, you can simply select a file and it will be added in your reply to your assignment. (Learn more about My Media.)
Upload a pre-existing video stored elsewhere or on your hard drive, and select it to add to your assignment.
You may also be interested in some other recording options, namely screen recording, combination screen + webcam recording, as well as voice recording. Read the following article on how to use these features: