Canvas - Responding with Video in a Discussion (UW-Madison)

This document provides instructors with more focused guidance on how to engage their students with video in discussion posts. It provides two scenarios for how instructors might want to have their students participate in video-based discussions.

Scenario 1: Students Upload Videos Directly to Canvas

Things to Consider

  1. Completely Mobile Solution - This scenario allows the student to record and post videos completely from their mobile device.
  2. Student Cognitive Load - This scenario has the potential to cause less cognitive overload since the students could use their phone to do the entire process.
  3. Storage Limits - Videos can have a large file size. Canvas has storage limits for what can be uploaded. Students may hit these storage limits and not be able to upload their videos.
  4. Students Directly Uploading Videos (Separate from Webcam Recording) - According to this Canvas document, “Any attachments added as part of discussions are copied to [the student’s] user files. Attachments for graded discussions are not counted against [the student’s] user quota and cannot be deleted”.

    According to this UW-Madison KB document, individual users have a storage limit of 512 MB. In other words, students, in total, have a storage limit of 512 MB that they cannot exceed. Video files can get large rather quickly, so students may hit this storage limit if they upload many videos.

    Warning - Instructor Prerequisite If the instructor plans on allowing students to attach files to discussions, they need to make sure the option “Attach files to discussions” is selected. This is described in the following Canvas guide: How do I allow students to attach files to a course discussion?.

  5. Webcam Recordings - The one little wrinkle in this is that, according to the same UW-Madison KB document, “Webcam recordings and media comments created directly in Canvas are stored on a separate media server and do not count toward your course's storage quota.

    This means if students are using the Flash-based webcam recorder via a laptop or desktop computer, those videos will not go against any quota. The downside to this is that many modern browsers have compatibility issues with Flash. This would also require that students have a laptop or desktop computer with a webcam.

How to Use Your Android or iPhone to Get Video Into a Canvas Discussion Reply (Student Guide)

Instructors: Provide the following instructions to your students by linking to this KB doc: Canvas - How to Use Your Android or iPhone to Get Video Into a Discussion Reply (UW-Madison).

  1. Use the recording option that works best for you to record your video.
  2. Add the video as an attachment to your discussion post:
    1. How do I add an attachment to a Discussion in the Canvas app on my iOS device?
    2. How do I reply to a Discussion in the Canvas app on my Android device?

How to Use Your Laptop or Desktop Computer to Get Video Into a Canvas Discussion Reply (Student Guide)

Instructors: Provide the following instructions to your students by linking to this KB doc: Canvas - How to Use Your Laptop or Desktop Computer to Get Video Into a Canvas Discussion Reply (UW-Madison).

  1. Use the recording option that works best for you to record your video.

    Warning - If you run into issues using the Canvas Flash Webcam Recorder, it is recommended that you try one of the other recording options. Flash does not always play nice with modern browsers..

  2. Depending on which recording option you use, you will use one of the following options for getting your video into the Canvas discussion post:
    1. Pre-recorded using an app: How do I upload a video using the Rich Content Editor?
    2. Using the Canvas Flash Webcam Recorder (Not Recommended): How do I record a video using the Rich Content Editor?

Scenario 2: Students Upload Videos to Kaltura and Embed in Canvas

Things to Consider

  1. Not a Completely Mobile Solution - Adding videos to Kaltura can be done on students’ phones, but embedding content into a Canvas discussion post cannot be easily done on a phone. Therefore, students using their phones would have to record the video on their phone, upload to Kaltura via their phone, and then use a computer to embed the video into a discussion post.
  2. Student Cognitive Load - As mentioned in the section above, this scenario may require students to use multiple apps and therefore multiple interfaces. This may increase cognitive load. Students using their phones would have to:
    1. Use their phone’s camera app to record a video
    2. Use a mobile browser to upload video to Kaltura
    3. Use a computer browser to embed Kaltura video in discussion post
    Hopping between this many interfaces may cause confusion.

How to Use Your Android or iPhone to Get Video Into Kaltura MediaSpace

Instructors: Provide the following instructions to your students by linking to this KB doc: Kaltura - How to Upload Videos to MediaSpace using Your Phone (UW-Madison).

Warning! Uploading videos takes a lot of data! The Learn@UW team recommends that you wait until you are on WiFi to upload videos to Kaltura.

There are two methods to upload media to Kaltura: 

  1. KMS Go App  
  2. Your phone's internet browser. 

The preferred method utilizes Kaltura's KMS Go App. To create or upload content follow these instructions


An alternate method to upload content is through your phone's Internet Browser. To do so, follow these steps:

    Record your video with your Android or iPhone Camera application.
    1. Open a browser application on your smartphone and navigate to https://mediaspace.wisc.edu.
    2. Click the person icon in the top right corner. Click "Media Upload".

      KalturaMediaSpaceMobileMediaUpload.png
    3. (Optional) If you have not yet logged in to Kaltura MediaSpace, you will now be prompted to log in.
    4. Click Choose a file to upload.
    5. Either select a previously recorded video (recommended) or record a new video.
    6. The video will begin to upload and "Upload Completed!" will display when finished.
    7. (Optional) Kaltura will automatically set the file name as the name of the uploaded video. The file name is not always the best for identifying the video at a later date, so it is recommended that you give your video a more relevant title by changing the "Name" field.
    8. Once finished modifying the metadata, click Save at the bottom of the screen.

    How to Embed Kaltura Video into a Canvas Discussion Reply

    Instructors: Provide the following instructions to your students by linking to this KB doc: Canvas - How to Embed Kaltura Media in Canvas (UW-Madison).

    1. Move your cursor to the point in your Canvas page where you want to insert a Kaltura MediaSpace video.
    2. Click the blue V icon to view the More External Tools menu. Select Kaltura Media from the drop-down list.
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    3. A window titled Kaltura Media will open showing the media content associated with your Kaltura account.
    4. Scroll to the video you want to embed. Click the Select button to embed the video in your page.

      Optional: If you would like to select a size other than medium (default), click the arrow next to the Select button to open a drop-down menu and choose the size you want to embed.

      Select video to embed
    5. The video will show up on your Canvas page. You can continue to edit the page and add text if you'd like. Once you're done click Save.
    6. Canvas will display your page with your embedded Kaltura video.

    Recording Options

    NOTE: Of all the recording options listed below only CaptureSpace and the Canvas Flash Webcam Recorder are supported by Learn@UW. We will not provide assistance with any other applications. The options below are a good place to get started. For current tutorials, use Google to search for “[Name of your device] record video”.

    Device/App OS Instructions
    CaptureSpace (Apple or Windows Computer) Windows or macOS Link
    Canvas Flash Webcam Recorder (Not Recommended) Browser-Based Link
    iPhone iOS Link
    Google Pixel Android Link
    Samsung Galaxy Android Link
    Windows Computer Windows 10 Link
    Windows Computer Windows 8 and 8.1 Link
    Windows Computer Windows 7 Link
    Apple Computer macOS Link
    Chromebook Chrome OS Link
    Linux Computer Ubuntu 16.04 Link (YouTube Video)

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    Keywords:kaltura, mediaspace, mobile, discussions, selfie, record, video, testimonial, reply, response, capturespace, ios, iphone, android   Doc ID:71099
    Owner:Learn@UW Madison .Group:Learn@UW Madison
    Created:2017-02-27 14:07 CSTUpdated:2018-05-21 10:23 CST
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