Choosing how to display your videos in Canvas

Filed in Announcements by on January 30, 2017

In my last post, I discussed how students and instructors access the course videos in Canvas.

echo360-canvas1To sum it up, the videos can be accessed from the Echo360 Class Capture menu item, shown in the picture here.

By clicking on this item you get into the collection of videos you have recorded or uploaded to your course.

But what if you wanted to show the videos in another place on your Canvas site? Like in a module?

You have two options.

One is that you can share a public link. The other is that you can embed the video. This post will walk you through how to do both.

First, here’s how you create a public link. From within Canvas, click on the green button on the row of the video of your choice.

Choose details.



This brings you to the player window. Just below the video window, you can see the Sharing tab. Click on it.


This is where you can find the options to generate a public link or embed code. Click “Add Public Link” to create the public link. Click in the public link field to copy it to your clipboard.



Click on embed to generate the embed code. Then click on copy.



To display either the public link or the embed code in Canvas, you can add it to a page in a module or just a page. You can create a new page for it or edit an already existing page. Once you’re in a page, click on HTML editor.


From here, you can paste the embed code. Then click save and publish.


You can add add the public link for the Echo360 just by pasting it into the page in the rich content editor. You can see below I’ve done both.



And why would you want to embed video versus sharing a public link?

Caitlin Keller, Instructional Designer at WPI, wrote: “I tend to push for embedding onto a content page simply because it helps with workflow within the module.” However, she notes, “any set up is really a case-by-case scenario.”

One difference between embedding video and sharing a public link is that embedded videos are shown in a smaller player window. So if you want your video to be played from a larger player, then you can share the link. Clicking on the link will open up a new tab in the browser and the video will display at the size of your browser window.

Word of warning – if you choose to share your videos within modules, also make sure the Echo360 app is connected on your site. Why? Because students may want to download the videos. They can’t download the videos from the public links or the embedded player, but they can download the videos when accessing them through the Echo360 app.

If you have any questions about displaying your course videos in your course site, feel free to email

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

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