Learn how Canvas allows users to embed multimedia inside of assignments, assessments, pages, and discussions making them easy to view on the platform.
- [Instructor] In this chapter, we'll take a look at a few ways that you can utilize features in Canvas to help you organize your course and course resources. In this video, let's take a look at how to embed multimedia in the resources such as assignments, quizzes, and pages. In order to show this, I'm going to begin creating a new assignment. I'll click on Assignments, and then add a new one. And I want to do this to show the Rich Content Editor, or Rich Text Editor. The Rich Content Editor gives you the ability to embed multimedia such as images and videos into your resources, making them much more efficient and convenient to access.
In other words, if you want your students to watch a video, you don't have to have them go to an external site such as YouTube, you can embed it right inside of that resource. First, let's take a look at the Rich Content Editor. So you can keep your resources organized as you create them by using things like bold, underline. You can highlight or change the color of things. You can change the alignment. You can also create lists. Down below we can insert things like a table. We can insert links. And then I want to go to this icon right here of a picture, which is how we embed images.
When I click on that, it brings up this pop-up box that shows us several different ways that we can insert images. The first is if you have the URL for an image. If you do, you can enter that in right here. And then down below it gives us the ability to add alt text. Alt text is important. It's the behind the scenes description of the image, and it's really important for accessibility purposes. If there is someone who's unable to see the image and they're using a screen reader, that screen reader will read that text and tell the person what the image is.
So if this is an image of DNA, say, for instance, you'll put a description in here of a DNA double helix or whatever it is. Now, you also have the ability to check here if it's just a decorative image, and then down below you can enter in those dimensions or they'll automatically be entered for you. Now, another way to enter an image is by clicking on Canvas. Here, you can upload from your computer any files that you might have. So if I have an image on my computer, I can upload it to my Canvas files. Once it's inside of my Canvas files, I can then open that up, and insert it in here.
Next, we have Flicker. And Flicker's a great option. It gives you access to images with a Creative Commons public domain license. So here, if I wanted to search, for instance, for a leaf, I'll go ahead and do that. It brings up several images, as you can see here. Quite a bit. I'm going to go ahead and select one. Select right here. And then down below, it automatically enters in some alt text for me and says leaf, I'm just going to change that to plant leaf to make it a little bit more descriptive. And then down below here it says the dimensions.
It's set by default at 500 by 313, that's what this image happened to be. You can go ahead and change that and make it bigger or smaller and it will preserve the aspect ratio, meaning that it won't stretch that image and make it look odd. So here I could update this, I'll go ahead and click Update. And as you can see, it adds that image right inside of here. Now I can select it, and I'm going to push Delete and get rid of that image. But that's how you add an image inside of a resource. Now, if we go over here to the Video icon and click on that, it gives us the ability to insert or embed a video.
And this is very useful. So from places like Vimeo or YouTube, you can get a video, enter in either the URL or the embed code, and have that embedded into the resource. I'm going to switch tabs here, and here I have a video on YouTube that I want to share with my students. It's on photosynthesis, and it's from bozemanscience.com. So this is on YouTube. In order to share that, I can click here on Share. I could copy this URL, go back to Canvas, and then paste that in here as the source.
Now, if you have an embed code, which you can also get on YouTube and other sources, clicking here on Embed, it gives me that iFrame or Embed code. I could copy that, and then paste that into here. Now when I'm done I'll click OK, and as you can see, it embeds that video right inside of the resource, which is very convenient. Now I'm going to back up. Let's go take a look at this again. If I were to get this URL, so let's say here, I copy that, paste it in here.
Again you'll notice that they give us these dimensions, and we can change that. So if you thought the video was too big, you wanted to make it a little bit smaller, you could go in here and adjust that, and as long as you have this checked it will preserve that aspect ratio. So this is how you can use the Rich Content Editor to add multimedia to your resources and help keep them organized and more convenient.
- Communicating with video and messages
- Using notifications
- Setting up peer reviews
- Analyzing assignments
- Organizing content
- Using mastery paths
- Ensuring content is accessible
- Adjusting headings, links, and tags
- Integrating with third-party applications
- Importing and exporting courses
- Using HTML in Canvas