Sharing Ensemble Videos in a Page

Filed in Miscellaneous by on May 26, 2020

This post will walk you through how to embed your Ensemble videos into a Canvas page.

The first step is to create a new page in Canvas.


Once you’ve done that, you’ll notice a rich content editor with a bar of buttons.

This row has buttons pertaining to formatting and media that you can include in the pages.

But before you click any of these buttons you might want to lay out your text first. I did this while testing for this blog post and I felt like it was the least confusing way to go.



Once I had my text, I just moved the cursor in the space where I wanted to insert media. And the media we’re inserting here are videos.

Let’s go back again to that bar of buttons above the rich text editor. See the button with three vertical dots to the right? This will reveal additional tools.



If your browser window is wide enough, you may not have this dot button and instead all the choices therein will be displayed in the same row.


The goal here is to get to the plug. Once we click the plug, Canvas is basically saying, “Ok, which app do you want to plug in to the page?”


If our videos are in Ensemble, we’ll click Ensemble Video.

Now, you’ll be presented with the Ensemble “chooser”. You can search for and select the video you want by clicking Choose.




Once you select Choose, you’re presented with a few options. There are “embed options” as circled in the image below. Here you can decide whether you want students to be able to download you video.


Once you make a decision about your embed options, you choose HOW you want to embed the media. You can choose as a link or as a player. If you choose link, you’ll be able to collect data on individual viewers. The Ensemble player, whether embedded or accessed via link, looks like the below. The download icon is on the top right.



If you have any questions about embedding Ensemble videos into Canvas pages, please email

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Sophie Jagannathan is an Instructional Technology Specialist at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

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