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Create Assignments or Discussions in Canvas for Video Submission

There are three ways to allow students to submit videos: by creating an assignment for private submissions to the instructor, by creating a discussion for submissions to be viewed by the rest of the class, or by creating a group discussion for submissions to be viewed only within groups (if you've broken your course's students into groups in Canvas).

Creating a Video Assignment

Creating a Video Discussion

Creating a Group Video Discussion

Learn how to view and grade video submissions in Speedgrader


Creating a Video Assignment

The following workflow creates an assignment that accepts video submissions. These submissions will be viewable only by the instructor and can be accessed and graded via Speedgrader.

  1. Create an assignment in Canvas. Under Submission Type check Text Entry. Do not check Media Recordings.Don't check Media Recordings in the Submission Type box. Instead, check Text Entry.
  2. Ask your students to upload their videos to their personal "My Folder." Students can get there by clicking the Panopto button in the Canvas course menu, clicking the title of the folder (the course’s name) to the right of the grey folder icon, and selecting “My Folder” from the dropdown menu. They can also reach their personal folder by going to panopto.emerson.edu and clicking "My Folder" in the lefthand panel. All videos uploaded to Panopto have to be compressed for streaming (H.264/MP4).

    In Canvas:

    Click the Panopto button in Canvas.

    Navigate to My Folder using the folder dropdown, then click Create and choose Upload Media.

  3. By default, videos that users upload into their personal folders are private. Your students will need to share the video with you in a similar way people share google docs. They will add you to the video as a "Viewer."

    Hover over a video to reveal the Share button.

    Use the Who has access dropdown to change permissions.

     

    They can choose to notify you via email or not. Use the Invite people box to invite specific people or groups.

  4. Once your students upload their videos to Panopto, they can embed their videos in their submission to the Canvas assignment using the green Panopto button in the Rich Text Editor.

    Here’s a student guide to submitting video assignments in Canvas you can share with your class.

The Panopto embed button in the Canvas editor.


Creating a Video Discussion

The following workflow creates a discussion in which students' submissions are viewable by the whole class.

1. First, you'll provision your course folder to allow student uploads (which it doesn't by default). Log-in to your Canvas course. Click the Panopto button in the lefthand course menu. You will be taken to your course folder in Panopto. Click the Share Folder button at top right, which looks like two figures.

The Share button for a folder is located at top right of that folder's interface. 

2. This will take you to the course folder's sharing settings. "Who has access" should already be set to "Specific People." Under “Invite people,” start typing your COURSE NUMBER (i.e. JR-216-01). You'll be given suggestions. Click the version that begins with the term and ends with “Viewers.” This group contains all your course's students.

The Invite people box generates suggestions. You can choose your whole class, designated by the course number and the term Viewers.

 

Select "Can create" (meaning "can upload") from the dropdown menu below the text entry box. Decide whether or not to “Notify people via email” using the checkbox.

Give your invitees permission to Create using the dropdown, and uncheck the notification box.

 

When you’re done, click Save Changes. This gives your students ("viewers") permission to upload ("create") to this folder.

 

This is what the sharing settings should look like in a folder students can view and upload to:

The sharing settings for a folder students can view and upload to; Viewers and Creators can Create within the folder.

 

Students can click Panopto in their Canvas course menu to be taken directly to this folder. Students can also access this folder using the link at the top of the folder's sharing settings.

In the shared folder, students can freely view each other's videos and click the purple Create button to upload their own.

3. Create a Discussion in Canvas.

Ask your students to upload their videos into the course folder, and then to embed the uploaded videos in their discussion posts using the green Panopto button in the text editor. Students can then add replies to this thread as they would in any other discussion.

The Panopto embed button above the Canvas editor.

 


Creating a Group Video Discussion

The following workflow creates a discussion in which only group members can see and discuss each other's videos.

Note: First you'll need to set-up student groups in your Canvas course.

1. Ask your students to upload their videos to their personal "My Folder." Students can get there by clicking the Panopto button in the Canvas course menu, clicking the title of the folder (the course’s name) to the right of the grey folder icon, and selecting “My Folder” from the dropdown menu. They can also reach their personal folder by going to panopto.emerson.edu and clicking "My Folder" in the lefthand panel. All videos uploaded to Panopto have to be compressed for streaming (H.264/MP4).

In Canvas:

Click the Canvas button in Panopto.

Navigate to My Folder using the folder dropdown menu.

2. By default, videos that users upload into their personal folders are private. Your students will need to share the video with their group members in a similar way people share google docs. They will add each group member to their video as a "Viewer." They should also add the instructor. Note: each group member must be added individually; although it recognizes classes, Panopto does not recognize Canvas groups.

Hover over your video to reveal the Share button.

Choose Specific people within the Who has access dropdown menu.

 

They can choose to notify their group members via email or not. Enter the name(s) of the people to whom you want to grant permission to view the video. You can enter a course number, too.

 

3. Create a Group Discussion in Canvas.

Students will only be able to participate in their own group's discussion thread. Ask your students to embed the videos they've uploaded to My Folder in their discussion posts using the green Panopto button in the text editor. Students can then add replies to this thread as they would in any other discussion.

The Panopto embed button above the Canvas editor.

 

Why are there different workflows for whole-class and group discussions?

If students submit to a shared folder, they can all access each other's videos. Submitting to My Folder and sharing with individual group members prevents this, since only these members will be able to access the discussion in which their groupmates' videos are embedded.

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