Students can use Kaltura My Media to upload and share videos. The Canvas media recorder is another option, meant for videos that are short and don't require editing.
Note: If you are using Kaltura/My Media, your account must be authorized and created. To do this, go into Canvas>Account>My Media and follow the appropriate prompts for setting up your My Media account.
- It is ideal if you can direct students to use the best recording tool for the task and provide instructions rather than tell them to do it however they want. If you have questions and would like to discuss the options with a staff person, contact firstname.lastname@example.org to get connected.
- While Canvas is sometimes a good option for students, instructors should use Kaltura for their videos and then embed them in Canvas so they can include captions.
When should students use Canvas for recordings?
- The video is fairly short - approximately 1-3 minutes and under the 500 MB Canvas limit.
- They are recording with a computer webcam or with a phone camera (not a recording of their computer screen).
- Editing features are not needed.
- Captions are not needed.
Canvas Instructions for Students:
- How to record a video using the Canvas Recorder in the Rich Content Editor (Canvas guide)
- How to upload and embed a media file from my computer (Canvas guide)
- If using the Canvas Student app: Apple/iOS users / Android users
- We do not have Arc, so ignore those instructions.
- Contact Canvas Help if you have troubles.
Tips for Instructors Assigning Canvas Recordings:
- Discussions only offer one way for students to submit recordings, using the rich content editor. Share the instructions above with students since it will not be obvious to them. No specific settings are required on the instructor's part.
- Assignments offer many ways for students to submit recordings. Choosing the Media Recording submission type will make it easy for students to record or upload on a computer or mobile device. In this case, both of the guides above will help guide students.
When should students use Kaltura for recordings?
- Their videos are longer than 3 minutes (approximately) or over the 500 MB Canvas limit.
- They need to record a screencast, which is a recording of your computer screen like a how-to technology video (rather than record your webcam or upload from a mobile device).
- They need/want to share the video outside of Canvas with a URL.
- They'd benefit from being able to trim the beginning or end of the video or make clips from it.
- There is a need for captions to be included within a video.
- Some instructors/departments prefer to have students use Kaltura for everything for consistency.
NOTE: if you are uploading from a mobile device, access Kaltura My Media through Canvas in a browser as if you are on a computer – do not use the Canvas Student app. You will not have the necessary features to use Kaltura through the Canvas Student app. Do not download a Kaltura app either. The browser should function well, but will involve pinching and zooming to access the buttons accurately on a phone.
|Kaltura My Media||Direct Upload to Canvas|
|Can accommodate large files up to 2 GB||Files need to be less than 500 MB|
|Can share URLs outside of Canvas||Videos are only in Canvas|
|Easy to share videos with other instructors as a co-publisher||No sharing options outside of Canvas|
|Built-in recording tool can record the screen, webcam, audio, or a combination||Can record webcam and audio, but no screen recording|
|Can create clips from videos and do basic editing||No editing features|
|Automatic transcription available to create captions & staff can have videos professionally captioned easily||No moderated captioning features|
|UWEC LTS Help Desk Support||24/7/365 Technical Support from Canvas|