How to Insert MediaCore Videos into a Canvas Course

How to Insert MediaCore Videos into a Canvas Course

1. From the “Courses” drop-down menu, choose the course you would like to upload video into.

MediaCore 12. From the course navigation bar, select “Modules.” You will either need to add these videos into an existing module OR create a new one.

MediaCore 23. From the chosen module, select the “+” button, and then choose to add a “Content Page.” Once you choose “Content Page,” choose “New Page” in the space below, give it a name, and choose “Add Item.”

MediaCore 3MediaCore 44. This will add the item to the module. You will need to edit this “content page,” by selecting its name. This will take you to the “Content Page.” From this page select “Edit.”

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5. While editing, locate the “V” dropdown on the “Rich Content Editor.” Select “MediaCore.” A dialogue box will pop up. Use the list on the left side to locate a specific folder. Use the “+ Add” button to add the video into the “Content Page.”

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****Note: To upload a video into MediaCore, see the “Upload button in the image below. The process after selecting “Upload” is fairly simple.

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6.Once added, you can add additional videos (using the above method) OR use the rich content edit to add images, text, and audio….etc. Select “Save” when finished.

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Canvas: Embed a Twitter Widget into your Course Home Page

We had several faculty doing this in D2L, and I’m pleased to say that it’s MUCH easier in Canvas.

Canvas: Embed a Twitter Widget onto the Home Page

1. From your course, select “Settings,” and then “Apps.”

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2. Locate “Twitter” on the list, and select it.Twitter 33. Choose to “Add Tool.” It will install the tool into your course.  Then, go back to the “Home Page,” and choose to “Edit” the page.

Twitter 4Twitter 5Twitter 64. From the “Rich Content Editor,” select the “V” drop down. Then choose “Twitter.” A dialogue box will appear. This will allow you to either insert a widget that tracks an individual Twitter account (@____) OR a hashtag (#).

Twitter 7Twitter 8Twitter 95. Once selected, choose “Preview,” and then “Embed.” This will embed the widget into the home page. “Save” the homepage, and that’s it !

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Canvas: Public v. Private ePortfolio

During this switch to Canvas, I’ve spent A LOT of time learning the in’s and out’s of the system. One of the only things I couldn’t wrap my head around was the difference, in Canvas, between a “Private” and “Public” ePortfolios. Well, I finally figured it out !

Public v. Private ePortfolio

In Canvas there are two types of ePortfolio, Private and Public. This is the difference.


To share a “Public” ePortfolio, you need to obtain the URL from Canvas.

Public ePortfolioPublic ePortfolioIn the case of this ePortfolio, the link is:


I can send this link to anyone, and they can easily access the ePortfolio. In addition, anyone can type in that URL and access this ePortfolio. So, if you have a public ePortfolio, all anyone would really need to do is make a series of guesses for the URL.


Anyone can search for public ePortfolios on the Canvas system if they know how, and eventually, they would find your public ePortfolio.


Now, below you will see the ePortfolio dashboard if it is set to “Private.” Notice that there is a link that says “Copy and share this link to give others access to your private portfolio.” Once you select that link, it changes the URL at the top.

Private ePortfolio

The URL for this private ePortfolio is much different (longer) than the public one. It also includes a “verifier.”

Private ePortfolio 2The above is the URL you would copy/paste and send out to others, and only if they had this link would they be able to access the ePortfolio. With a “private” ePortfolio, nooone can simply guess the URL.

See what happens when I type in the original “public” URL (Http:/

It prompts me to log in. Once logged in, the page is blank and it gives me an “unauthorized” error at the top.

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Canvas: Public Courses (Open Online for Anyone to View)

Canvas has the capability to create an “open” course. An “open” course is available for anyone online to view (just like a website). Once a course is “open,” the URL for that course can be sent out and viewed by anyone (regardless of if they have a log-in to Canvas). Canvas has curated some excellent “open” courses for the Canvas community to view.

Feel free to browse these offerings to get ideas of how to use Canvas.

Public Canvas Courses (Open Online for Anyone to View)

This can help to give an idea of what Canvas can do/look like.

  1. Social Media (Canvas Network Course)
  2. Thriving in our Digital World by the University of Texas at Austin and Project Engage
  3. MOOC MOOC January 2013 (Canvas Network Course, Hybrid Pedagogy)
  4. Art Appreciation (Canvas Network Course, Open Course Library)
  5. History of Ancient Civilization (Canvas Network Course,
  6. Game Design Concepts (Canvas Network Course)
  7. Introduction to Openness in Education (Canvas Network Course, Lumen Learning)
  8. International Health Systems (Canvas Network Course, University of Central Florida)
  9. English Composition I (Canvas Network Course, Lumen Learning)
  10. Algebra+ (Canvas Network Course, Peninsula College)
  11. U.S. History 2 (Canvas Network Course, Seattle Central Community College)
  12. Intro to Oceanography – Stein
  13. Introduction to Psychology by Keene State College
  14. AUSV 1320 OPEN Automotive Electronics by John Kelley (Weber State University)
  15. Writing through Media, by Zach Whalen (University of Mary Washington)
  16. Physics of Animation, by Alejandro Garcia (FFT, teaches for San Jose State University)
  17. The Symmetries of Things, by Sean Raleigh (Westminster)
  18. Anatomy & Physiology II, by Bill Hanna (Massasoit CC)
  19. Human Genetics, by Bill Hanna (Massasoit CC)
  20. International Accounting Issues, Brian Teeter (FFT, teaches for University of Pittsburgh)
  21. Accounting Information Systems, Brian Teeter (FFT, teaches for University of Pittsburgh)
  22. Principles of Management, Gary Shelman (Alamo Colleges)
  23. Technology Strategy, by Karl Ulrich (Wharton Business School)
  24. The Internet and Society, by Robert Greenberg (FFT, teaches for Bard High School)

Note: FFT stands for Free-For-Teachers

Canvas: Glossary Terms

Canvas Glossary


Announcements are News items, allowing you to communicate with your students about course activities and post course-related topics.


Assignments are any activity graded by the instructor. Assignments include Quizzes, graded Discussions, and online submissions (i.e. files, images, text, URLs, etc.)

Breadcrumb Navigation

The Breadcrumb Navigation is located at the top of the Main Body of the page and helps you to how to move up and down in the course hierarchy.


The Calendar allows students and instructors to see all events and assignments going on across all courses in an aggregated view.


Chat provides synchronous video, audio, and chat communication among users, with participation of the entire course or any subset of the course roster.


Collaborations make it easy for students and instructors to create and share working documents that can be edited by all course members or any subset of the course roster.


Conferences are virtual classrooms where students and instructors can interact in real time with audio, video, desktop sharing, and presentation tools. These can be hosted by both students as well as the instructor.


Conversations are the messaging tool used, like an internal email system, to communicate with a course, a group, individual students, or a group of students.

Course Activity Stream

The Course Activity Stream shows you all of the recent activity from a single course.

Course Home Page

The Course Home Page is the first page students see when they click “Home” in the Course Navigation. The Course Home Page can be customized to display a custom Page, the Syllabus page, the Assignment page, or the Modules page.

Course Import/Export Tool

The Course Import/Export Tool makes it easy to pull in content from existing Canvas courses and content packages from other LMS’s and textbook publishers.

Course Navigation

The Course Navigation is a series of links on the left side of the screen that help you navigate where needed within your Canvas Course.

Course Setup Checklist

The Course Setup Checklist helps a new user walk through all steps required to build a course and invite students.

Course Statistics

Course Statistics help the instructor to see which pages are being viewed most frequently.

Course Status

Canvas courses begin in an unpublished state. They then move to a published state. They can also be made publicly viewable.


The Dashboard consists of three main elements: Global Navigation across the top of the page, a to-do list with upcoming events on the Sidebar, and the Global Activity Stream that comprises the body of the page.


ePortfolios allow students (and instructors) to showcase their work to colleagues and prospective employers. They make it possible for students to create ePortfolio websites or presentations.


Canvas provides a file repository for each user, group, and course. Files can be public or private.

Global Activity Stream

The Global Activity Stream shows you all of the recent activity from all of your courses, in an aggregate view.

Global Navigation

The Global Navigation menu, always positioned at the top of the page, allows users to quickly navigate to any courses or groups that they are enrolled in. Grades and calendar can be viewed from here.


Grades are the name for the Canvas gradebook. Students can calculate hypothetical grades on this page. Instructors can quickly edit grades for any course or section.


Groups can be created for students or by students to enable efficient collaboration.

Help Corner

The Help Corner in the top right, is where you can ask for support, check your inbox, or modify your profile.

In-context Help

In-context Help links are marked with a blue question mark. These links open up short tutorials to help users get the most out of Canvas.

Math Editor

The Math Editor is a Latex-compatible toolbar that makes it easy for instructors to write math expressions and equations.

Mobile Apps

Currently, instructors can use the SpeedGrader™ on their iPads. Soon, students will be able to interact with their Canvas courses on the iPad and the iPhone.


Modules are ways to organize course content by week, topic, or day. Modules can be set up with prerequisites or co-requisites that force students to work through the material in a sequential fashion.

Notification Preferences

Each Canvas user can adjust the Notification Preferences in their Profile to fit their individual needs. Some users will want to be notified of course events on a more regular basis than others.


Instructors can specify learning outcomes for their courses and track how students are doing against those outcomes with Quizzes, Assignments, and graded Discussions.


Pages make it easy to build content inside a course. This tool is really a wiki and provides a dynamic way to co-create content. Pages can be editable by students and teachers.


The People page lists all of the students enrolled in a course.


Each user can modify their Profile in Canvas, including setting their display name, changing the time zone, and uploading a profile picture.


Quizzes are one of the assessment tools used in Canvas.

Registered Services

You can register with a number of web services from Canvas, GoogleDocs, Skype, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Delicious, Diigo. By linking to the web services you will not need to log in every time you join the service.

Rich Content Editor

Canvas has a simple, yet powerful, word processor that is available anytime for creating new content (assignments, announcement, discussions, blogs etc.) within Canvas.


A Rubric is an assessment tool for communicating expectations of quality. Rubrics are typically comprised of rows and columns. Rows are used to define the various criteria being used to assess an assignment. Columns are used to define levels of performance for each criterion.


Settings allow instructors to customize the Course Navigation, add users, import content, and link to external tools.


The Sidebar on the right side of the page provides the links and buttons you’ll need to get stuff done in the Main Body of the page.


The SpeedGrader™ makes it easy to evaluate student work. Instructors can use rubrics for fast assessment and leave text, video, and audio comments for their students.


In the Syllabus there are three main parts: a calendar and grading scheme for the course situated in the Sidebar on the right side of the page, a list of dated items in the main body of the page that is automatically managed by Canvas, and a syllabus description at the top of the page that you can edit.

Canvas: How to Locate Help Documentation

Despite the fact that Canvas is adding features every 3 weeks, it does a pretty good job with keeping the help documentation up-to-date. It’s also very easy to locate and search through !

How to Locate Help Documentation for Canvas:

1. From within Canvas, locate the “Help” button in the upper right hand corner of the global navigation (this can be found on any page within Canvas).

Canvas 12. A pop-up box will appear in the middle of the screen. Choose to “Search the Canvas Guides.”

Canvas 23. Once selected, you will be taken to the Canvas website that houses all of the guides (

Canvas 34. Now, you can search the Canvas Guides in two ways.

  • First, you could type into the “search” button exactly what you are looking for. This may seem like the easiest method, but it may not work as seamlessly if you do not use the proper vocabulary. For example, if you search for “Post a News Item” (A D2L terminology) V. “Post an Announcement” (Canvas terminology). The “News Item.” search would yield no results.
  • Second, you could use manually search through the guides. This may seem time consuming, but it is actually fairly simple (see below).

Using the search button to search the Canvas Guides.

1. Once in the Canvas Guides, locate the “Search” bar in the middle of the screen. Type in what you are looking to accomplish (ex. “Make an announcement,” “Post to discussion board,” “Upload files,”….etc).

Canvas 42. Use the search results to locate what you want. A couple of notes:

  • Check the “last” updated. Make sure it’s relatively recent, as things change quickly in Canvas.
  • Make sure you are using the correct manual. The search bar searches ALL Canvas guides (Instructor, Student, Admin). The directions/screen shots will be different for “Instructor” and “Student.”
  • You can use the “Filter Search Results” (right hand column), to filter results based on what you are (instructor/student), and what you are looking for.

Canvas 53. When you find the guide that you want, simply click on the title.

Canvas 6How to Manually Search the Canvas Guides

1. From the Canvas Guides main page (, locate the list of guides (below the search bar), and select the one that most applies to you (ex. “Instructor Guide”), and click on it.

Canvas 72. You will be taken into that guide. You will notice all of the tools are listed in alphabetical order. Under each tool is a list of the documentation available. Locate which tool you need help with, and then search the available guides for what specific action. Once located, click on it, and you will be taken to the step-by-step guide for that action.

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An Introduction to Canvas by Instructure

Let’s take a look at Canvas and the company that makes it, Instructure.

Instructure_LogoInstructure, headquartered in Salt Lake City, was launched in 2008 by two BYU graduate students. Initially they offered an LMS called “Instructure,” which was later renamed “Canvas” in 2011 (Instructure is the company, Canvas is the product). Since Canvas was released the company has grown to:

  • 200+ employees
  • 425+ clients (colleges, universities, school districts
  • Over 7 million students

Canvas has enjoyed tremendous growth in a shot amount of time. Most of this is due to the fact that many institutions are viewing it as an alternative to the closed LMS’s of the past decade (Blackboard, D2L).

So what is Canvas ?

What makes Canvas great for Maryville ?

1. Sleek/modern & user friendly interface

Canvas is extremely simple to use. The interface is easy to navigate and it looks modern.

Canvas 12. It’s web-based

Canvas does updates in a different way – there are no outages for updates, no downtime for upgrades. The version of Canvas we have is the same version EVERY OTHER campus is using. No longer will there be service updates every 4th Sunday of the month. No longer will we have to schedule Service Packs to fix bugs. Canvas installs updates every 3 weeks ! This means a quicker turnaround for new/improved features AND bug fixes. Finally, there will never again be BIG upgrades. Big upgrades in the past meant spending time learning all of the new system. Now, Canvas will roll out new features every 3 weeks. You will learn new features will using the system the SAME way you learn new features of any website as they add them.

3. Integration with Social Media

Users can get notifications from the system ANY way they want. If they want the system to send them messages at Twitter, that’s an option. If they want to receive traditional email/text message notifications, that’s an option.

4. Collaboration tools

Canvas had some great tools in addition to the regular expected ones (modules, quizzes, grades, discussions, announcements….etc).

Canvas has a tool that allows for virtual meetings. Their is a tool for students to collaborate on documents (think Google Docs). There is a Wiki tool. Students can submit assignments via Google Drive.

5. Free Mobile Apps

Canvas has two mobile apps.The Canvas App and the SppedGrader app. Both are FREE.

Canvas App: Allows users to access ALL of their courses. View content items. Read and participate in discussions. Send messages to other users.  View grades. Submit assignments. Add/edit files.

IO-Canvas-IconSpeedGrader: Allows faculty to grade assignments on the go.

These are a few reasons, among many, why Canvas will be a great LMS for Maryville.

What other cool things can Canvas do ?

Keep checking back into this blog in the coming months for additional “sneek” peaks at Canvas. For now, you can listen to this webinar, recorded in November 2013, on getting ready to use Canvas.