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Add Video Links to Canvas Modules

1) Find your video in Panopto (see this guide to navigating folders). Hover over it with your mouse and click the Share button.

Hover over your video in Panopto to reveal the Share button.


2) Check that your sharing settings are configured properly to grant access to your class (see this guide to sharing). Then, copy the link at the top of the window.

A video's shareable link is located at the top of its Sharing settings.

3) Click the X at top right to close the sharing window and return to Canvas. In Canvas, go to Modules in your left-hand course menu. Click the “+” button to the right of the desired module.

Add a Canvas module.


4) Use the “Add…” dropdown menu to select External URL. Paste the link you copied in step 2 into the URL field. Use “Page Name” to give the link a name if you wish. Choose whether you’d like the link to open in a new tab, or to appear indented in the module (these are just visual preferences). When you’re done, click the blue Add Item button.

Add an External URL to a module.


5) This will add the link to your module. Be sure to publish it by clicking the crosshatch button to the link’s right, which should turn it into a green check. 

Publish your external link in your module.


When students click the link, they’ll be taken to a Canvas page that displays the video.

Please ask each of your students to click the “Panopto” button in the Canvas course menu at least once before trying to watch a Panopto video. This creates their account and permissions!

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