In Canvas, there are two main ways to make your videos in "My Media" visible to your students: publishing them to the Media Gallery and embedding them on Canvas pages. This tutorial will walk you through how to embed a video on a page in Canvas.
This tutorial only applies to Canvas users, and while students are able to embed media as well (on pages where they're able to edit text), this largely applies to instructors.
What Does it Mean to "Embed" a Video?
Technically, embedding a video on a web page means pasting in what's called an "embed code," which, when the page is rendered by a web browser, shows a media player ready to play a desired entry. It allows you to create pages within your modules that have videos on them, and to add text above or below the player as desired.
As a reminder, publishing a video makes it visible in the Media Gallery, but students need to know that they'll find the course videos there. (See our tutorial on publishing media to a Media Gallery.)
Note that you can both publish to a Media Gallery AND embed that same piece of media within your modules in Canvas.
Things to Keep in Mind
- Embedding a video doesn't publish it to the Media Gallery. If you also want it to be visible in the Media Gallery, you'll need to publish it yourself. See our tutorial on publishing to a Media Gallery if desired.
- Anywhere you see the rich content editor in Canvas, you're able to embed a video. You embed a video within Canvas by clicking the "Embed Kaltura Media" icon in the rich content editor. But this editor doesn't just show up on Canvas "pages." On any page that uses that editor, you can embed a video, such as Canvas quiz questions, discussion forum posts.
- The same goes for students - if they see the rich content editor that means that they can embed a video as well. This can be handy for certain types of submissions or discussion forum posts. Check out our tutorial on how to create a video submission assignment based on this principle.
- You can embed multiple videos on a page. We wouldn't recommend putting too many on the same page, though, as this can interfere with them playing properly.
- When embedded, Kaltura technically labels the media as "embedded in context." We like to draw a conceptual distinction between publishing media and embedding media. The former is about what's in a Media Gallery and the latter is about what's within modules, discussion forum posts, etc. But if you go and try to publish a piece of media that's only been embedded, you'll see that Kaltura claims it's "embedded in context." It's a bit misleading; the label claims that it's published in a Media Gallery when it's not. Just know that even though it says it's "published in a Media Gallery," if it says it's "embedded in context" that just means you've embedded it somewhere in that course.
- Embed players that use the transcript widget reserve space for the widget, whether or not the transcript is showing. The transcript widget that sits below the player is collapsed by default, though users can click to expand it if they want. When it's collapsed, however, the iframe that the player uses still reserves space for that transcript widget. So if you intend to put text below the player, the text will show up well below the player. Kaltura has acknowledged this, but will not be fixing it. Instead, we will need to upgrade to a new player, which we aren't prepared to do until all features from the previous player have been added to it.
- In the instructions below, we're assuming you're embedding a video on a Canvas "page" within your modules that's already been created. As mentioned above, though, you can embed Kaltura media in Canvas wherever you see the rich content editor (a quiz question, a discussion forum post, etc.). So if you're in another type of course element that has the rich content editor and you want to embed a video, you can just jump to step 2 below.
Steps to Take
There are two high-level steps involved in embedding Kaltura media in Canvas:
As mentioned above, for the sake of developing this tutorial, we're assuming that you want to embed your video on a Canvas page, but you can embed a video wherever you see the rich content editor. Feel free to skip to step 2 if you're embedding on a different type of course element or if you're already seeing the rich content editor.
Step 1: Edit the Course Element
First you'll need to get to the course element where you want to embed your media. We're assuming it's a Canvas page. Skip to step 2 if it's a different type of course element or you're already seeing the rich content editor.
- Log into Canvas.
- Go to https://canvas.ucsd.edu.
- Enter your active directory credentials.
- Enter the course in question by either clicking on it in your dashboard or by finding it in the Courses menu item in the left global navigation.
- Click Modules in the course navigation on the left.
- Locate the page in which you want to embed a video and click on it.
- Click Edit.
Step 2: Embed Your Media
- Click the Embed Kaltura Media icon in the rich content editor. It looks like wheel spokes in rainbow colors.
- Find the video you want to embed and click </> Embed in its row. Note that you can use the tabs at the top of the window to see videos and playlists in the Media Gallery. You can also use the search and filter options to find your media more easily.
Configuring Your Embed
Note that you can set a few settings for your embedded video by clicking the gear icon instead of </> Embed. You're able to configure things like:
- Choosing the specific player, such as one that doesn't use the transcript widget, or one that allows students to download the video
- Selecting the size (in pixels) of the embedded video on the page
- Electing to embed the video as a small thumbnail that expands once clicks
- Electing to have the video play automatically when a user arrives at the page
- Setting start and end times for the video (although users can choose to go beyond those boundaries)
Now your video should be visible within the text box of the rich content editor. If you think it's the wrong size or want to, say, use a player with different features, delete the existing embedded video from the editor and see "configuring your Embed" above to re-embed it to your liking.