Join Aaron Quigley for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding Lynda.com content to Canvas, part of Teaching with Lynda.com.
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- [Voiceover] In this video, we're gonna talk about how to add Lynda.com course material to the Canvas learning management system. Here I've created some fake courses inside of Canvas, and I'm gonna go and click on my Life Science course to open it up. Now please keep in mind that you need to be logged in as an instructor to add Lynda.com courses to Canvas. And there's a couple ways to do this, and we're essentially just linking to the Lynda.com website. The first way I'd recommend is to add Lynda.com content embedded inside of an assignment. I'm gonna go and click on Assignments on the left-hand side. I'm then going to click the Add Assignment button in the upper right-hand corner.
Let's go ahead and call this assignment Flipped Homework. Now in the main body of this particular assignment, here I can type out some additional context for the Lynda.com video, such as "Only watch chapter three" or "Be sure to complete the exercise files." In order to actually link to the Lynda.com course, I'm gonna go ahead and type out a course name such as SharePoint Online Essential Trainings. And I'll simply highlight that, and then click on the Link to URL button, and then paste in my Lynda.com URL.
Now let's take a second to talk about where we should get our Lynda.com URL from. In a secondary tab, I have SharePoint Online Essential Trainings open. Now at the top of the screen, there's a URL that's generated. Take a look what happens to this URL as I click to the next movie. You can see that the top URL changes. That's because this particular URL is actually pointing to the video that's being played. Also at the top of the screen, we have a Share button. And if I click on Share, there's another URL that's created here. This particular URL however is not pointing to this particular movie.
It's pointing to the course level. Using the Share button is a great way to get the URL if you wanna only link to the actual Lynda.com course. However, for this assignment, I only want students to watch one movie inside this course, so I'm gonna go ahead and copy and paste the URL that's at the top of the screen on the movie that I'd like them to watch. I'll use the keyboard shortcut of Command + C to copy that. I'll head back to Canvas, and I'll go ahead and paste this in with the keyboard shortcut of Command + V, and then click Insert Link. So now when I send this out to my students, when they click on this link, it'll take them to the right course and start playing the right movie.
In addition to being able to link to Lynda.com material inside of an assignment, I can also scroll down the page and add things such as how do I want to assess them or keep them accountable for watching the video, such as maybe they need to turn in a text entry. Or maybe they need to upload a file to show me that they completed the exercise files. The other way you can link to Lynda.com course material is by putting it directly inside of a module. I'm gonna scroll back up to the page, and I'm gonna go ahead and click back onto my main course homepage. On the left-hand side, let's go and select Modules. And this particular course is broken into two different sections of Progress Report 1 and Progress Report 2.
Let's say that for this first section, students are gonna use SharePoint to create a group collaborative space. Well, I'd like to link to some SharePoint content then. The way that I'll do this is to click the plus button inside the module. Then I'm going to change the drop-down box to select External URL. And I'm gonna go ahead and paste in the URL of the course I'd like them to watch. This time, because I'd like to link to the entire course, I'm gonna come back and I'm gonna choose to copy the URL that's underneath the Share settings at the top of the page. Even though I'm watching movie one inside of chapter one, this URL is gonna link all the way back to the Welcome Page, and start playing the movie when students click on it.
I'm gonna come back to Canvas, I'm gonna paste in that URL page, and I'm gonna go and put the page name as the course name, which is SharePoint Online Essential Training. Let's go and select Load in a new tab, so that students stay logged in to Canvas while they're watching this new course. And let's click Add Item. So here, inside that module, I now have a link that goes out to Lynda.com course. Don't forget to click the cloud to publish this so that it's visible to your students. So at this point, we looked at two different ways to add content inside of Canvas.
And that's linking it directly inside of a module or adding it as an assignment.
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