Create a Video Submission Assignment
Have you ever wanted your students to have the option to submit a video as a response to a prompt in Canvas? Because everyone at UC San Diego with active directory credentials can access all of Kaltura's features, your students can create their own videos and use them in your Canvas course.
Below are instructions for instructors on how to create an assignment where students can submit a video as their response.
Things to keep in mind:
- We made instructions for how students can submit. You'll probably want to provide students guidance on how they can record, edit, and submit videos t. Because all UC San Diego community members (with active directory credentials) can take advantage of Kaltura's features, we've developed a tutorial on embedding videos in a text submission assignment in Canvas. Feel free to either send the link to students or adapt the text for your own set of instructions!
- For this kind of assignment, students can still submit text and/or other media. Though you can require them in your instructions to embed a video as their submission, they're really just using a text box (the so-called "rich content editor"). So they can add text, images, or other media instead of or in addition to their video. They can also embed multiple videos (or any other type of media). As the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) instructional design framework suggests, It's nice to give students multiple options for demonstrating their understanding.
- Be aware that students can "replace" their video after submission. Kaltura allows media owners to replace their video in a video while retaining all of its metadata(title, description, attachments, etc.). While this can be handy for you as an instructor if you need to update a video (since you don't have to re-embed or re-publish it afterwards), this also means that it's possible for students to embed their video in their submission but then replace the video later with a newer version if they wish. So while students may not be able to go into the assignment and change anything, they ARE able to update their video.
- Don't create a "media recordings" assignment. It probably seems counterintuitive, but when you're creating your assignment you want the "text entry" option, NOT the "media recordings" option. The latter forces students to use Canvas's recording features, which are less reliable than using Kaltura's (which uses the "embed Kaltura media" feature within the rich content editor).
- Wherever a user has access to the rich content editor, they can embed a video. The premise behind this kind of assignment is that it gives students access to the rich content editor, which allows them to click the "embed Kaltura media" button. But they can use this wherever they see the rich content editor, such as a discussion board post.
Steps to Take
The short version of what you need to do in Canvas is to create an "online" submission assignment and be sure that "text entry" is checked.
- Within Canvas, enter the course in which you want to create the assignment.
- Click Modules in the course navigation on the left.
- Find the module where you want to have the assignment, and click the + (plus) button.
- In the window that appears:
- Select Assignment from the drop-down menu.
- Select [ Create Assignment ] in the list below.
- Enter a name for your assignment in the "Assignment Name" field.
- Click Add Item.
- Click on the assignment you just created.
- Click the Edit button near the top of the page.
- In the "submission type" drop-down menu, select Online.
- In the box that populates, click the checkbox for Text Entry.
- Configure anything else you want to about the assignment (points, submission attempts, release date, etc.).
- Click Save at the bottom of the screen. (Alternatively, click Save & Publish if you're ready for the assignment to be visible to your students.)
Now you have an assignment where students have the option to embed a video from their "My Media" as a response.