Canvas has added a new feature to allow for users to open URL’s in new a new tab within Modules (& It’s about time !). This will help fight the dreaded “Insecure Content” issues of trying to bring websites into Canvas, and the content not displaying without toggling the “shield” icon on your browser.
As we have moved from D2L, we will no longer have D2L Capture. Our new lecture capture system is called “Panopto.” If you had videos in Capture, they have been moved for you. If you plan on recording additional videos, you will need to use Panopto.
Below you will find instructions for inserting a Panopto video in a Canvas course.
How to Insert a Panopto Video into a Canvas Course
1. Access the “Courses” dropdown from within Canvas, and access the course you would like to put the video into.
3. When you find the video, hover over it and select “Share.” A dialogue box will appear. Choose to share this with “Anyone on the Internet.” This will produce a public URL that you will use to put into your Canvas course.
1. Go to the correct course, and select “Modules” from the left side Navigation bar.
2. Select to “+ to add to an existing module (OR create a new module, then select to “+” to it.) When you select “+” a dialogue box will appear. Use the dropdown to select “External URL.’ This will provide you an area to copy the Panopto video URL and give it a title. When finished, choose to “Add Item.”
Canvas has recently launched a new interface, and one of the great additions is “Draft State.” Draft State allows for users to set things to “draft,” which means that students do not have access to the item (assignment, discussion, quiz, page, module….etc.).
For an overview of draft state:
There is just one small problem, draft state doesn’t work with documents. So, if you’ve loaded a bunch of files (.pdf, .docx, .doc, .xls, .ppt, .pptx….etc.) into Modules, and want to hide some of them, you are out of luck with the built in draft state functionality.
Luckily, I”ve come up with a fairly easy around, that doesn’t really take any additional effort or time.
1. Go into Modules. You will see your recently created modules, and everything should have a green checkmark next to it, indicating that these items are “published,” and students have access. 2. If you attempt to unpublish a document, it will tell you that “publishing is disabled for this item.” This means that you cannot alter the “published” state of any document.
3. Create a module (I called mine “Unpublished Items). Add all of the items you want to hide from students into this module, and “unpublish” the module. This will cause the entire module AND anything in it to be invisible to students. Then, when you are ready for a student to see a specific document, just drag it into the appropriate published module. Now, this really doesn’t take any extra time or effort to complete. Since you have to manually select the cloud icon to publish an item anyway, it doesn’t take any extra clicks to drag that item into the appropriate module using the method above.