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[Sticky] Using Canvas Studio for Video Assignments, Discussions, or Quizzes

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Assignments

Using Canvas Studio for video/audio assignments allows you not only to comment globally on the entire video as you normally would in SpeedGrader, but also to supplement that with in-timeline feedback on specific elements of the video. While viewing a video in Canvas Studio, instructors may pause the video and comment at that particular timestamp, thus creating a series of time-based comments within the video.

  1. In your Canvas course site, click the Assignments link in the course navigation menu.
  2. Click the + Assignment button located in the top right hand corner.
  3. Fill in your Assignment's:
    • Name
    • Description/Instructions (be sure to include the expectation that they upload a video to Canvas Studio)
    • Points Possible
  4. Within the Submission Type area, select Online from the drop-down menu.
  5. Check the boxes for Text Entry or File Uploads (see the explanation below the screenshot).

    Note: Do not select the ‘Media Recordings’ option here.

    student-video-studio-submission.png

  6. Enter your assignment's due date.
  7. Click the Save and Publish button.

This assignment will work with Canvas Groups, and can be assigned to individual students or Sections using the 'Assign to' toolbox with various due and availability date settings.

Text Entry vs File Uploads

Text Entry will provide the student the standard Canvas rich text box editor with the standard formatting options. There is a drop-down menu here where students can insert a Canvas Studio or other media file into their text entry.

The reason you might choose to use text entry is to allow the student to create a page with some words to contextualize or describe their video or perhaps to insert other media files such as images. You'll also be able to use the markup features in SpeedGrader on any submitted text, leaving in-line comments, etc.

student-video-studio-submission1.png

How students will submit Canvas Studio media from the text box editor

File Uploads is the best setting to use if the students are only submitting their video with no other media or written descriptions. They will get an option to use Canvas Studio or to simply attach their file from their computer or cloud storage location such as Google Drive or Office 365.

In most cases, selecting only the File Uploads option for the simple submission of a single video via Canvas Studio will suffice.

student-video-studio-submission2.png

How students will submit Canvas Studio media from the Studio tab when 'File Upload' is selected

Note: It is not advised to use the "Media Recordings" option as it does not allow detailed feedback.


Discussions

In both graded and ungraded Canvas Discussions, students will have the Rich Content Editor text box with the standard formatting options available to create their posts. Canvas Studio media files can be inserted as in the above screenshot in the ‘text entry’ option for a Canvas Assignment.

If you want your entire class to review other student's videos, you would need to use a Discussion Board to make that happen. Students would upload their video(s) in a reply post, thereby allowing all other students to view their video and provide feedback/comments.


Quizzes

The same editing window applies to Canvas Quizzes if you give a student an 'Essay Question'.


Grading

Video, and audio, assignments can be viewed/played and graded, with or without rubrics, within the SpeedGrader. Instructors can grade submissions in SpeedGrader (Links to an external site.) just like any other Canvas assignment.

 

Credits: University of Tennessee

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Lynn Hawley
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I've been playing around with Canvas Studio for the past few days and there are so many great features! I did have two issues:

 

1. Most of the time, when I click on the three-dot drop down menu on a video I've created in Studio, the only options are "replace thumbnail" and "delete media" - the option to create a quiz is not there. How do I get that to appear as an option?

 

2. I added a video from Youtube to the Studio. When I embed the video directly from Youtube into a Canvas page, there is captioning. When I add it to Studio, the captioning doesn't come along with it. It also won't let me create new captioning for the video. Is this normal for added videos?

 

Overall, this new feature has solved a lot of problems and the captioning it provides is really easy to use!

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Deanna de Azevedo
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@lynn-hawley

In my haste... I answered your questions below instead of here. ? 

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Hi Lynn,

I am guessing that the problem with the "create quiz" option not showing up when you click on the three dot drop menu may be a browser issue. I have had some issues with Canvas Studio and Chrome that get solved when I switch to Firefox (or clear my cache). I do see the option to "create quiz" when I click on the three dot drop menu when using Chrome, but not when I am using Safari (on my iPad).

As for the YouTube videos, I have had the same experience. And I remember some other faculty mentioning the same thing before. Captions from YouTube videos are not uploaded into the Canvas Studio. And you cannot request captions for YouTube videos directly in Canvas Studio. I use a number of YouTube videos in my classes. I have submitted a request for captions to 3PlayMedia for each one of them. Once the captions are ready I download them from 3PlayMedia to my computer and upload them to Canvas Studio. 3PlayMedia also allows you to edit the captions before you download them. 

So, yes, it is a little bit of extra hassle, but I think it is worth it. I am pretty happy with Canvas Studio so far. And the captions in Spanish are very accurate! (for the videos that I have created myself)

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Deanna de Azevedo
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Most of the time, when I click on the three-dot drop down menu on a video I've created in Studio, the only options are "replace thumbnail" and "delete media" - the option to create a quiz is not there. How do I get that to appear as an option?

Hi Lynn and Isabel —

To have all the features under the THREE DOTS, your videos/collections need to be at MY LIBRARY LEVEL not at COURSE LEVEL.

Canvas Studio Options My Library

 

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Deanna de Azevedo
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I added a video from Youtube to the Studio. When I embed the video directly from Youtube into a Canvas page, there is captioning. When I add it to Studio, the captioning doesn't come along with it. It also won't let me create new captioning for the video. Is this normal for added videos?

Me again... Captioning side-car file does not travel into Studio from Canvas. You need to add the SRT or VTT file from within Studio.  

YouTube auto-generated close-captioning also does not travel.

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@deanna-de-azevedo - I can't think of many good reasons to NOT work from the 'global' level of Studio (global left menu of Canvas). This allows you to re-use your videos and other media across your shells. To me, that's the way to work! Build a reusable library of 'objects'.

Creating or loading media within a shell's Studio keeps things organized by course/shell, but it is limiting. You can't use it elsewhere. The media is shell-specific. I can see that you may create spontaneous videos in Studio of a shell, JUST for a specific group of students/term that wouldn't be relevant in other course shells, but that's the only use-case scenario I can think of. 

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Deanna de Azevedo
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@vivie-sinou

Agree! I think working at the MY LIBRARY (a.k.a. global level) is the way to go.

Also, my memory is a little fuzzy on this (after the intro session) but I think working at this level means the ability to SHARE with specific colleagues. Already, I have shared a COLLECTION at the global level with a colleague so that we can actively collaborate rebuilding one of our courses.

By the way: This might be the perfect place to share that in order to SHARE in CANVAS STUDIO, the colleague with whom you wish to give access (two choices: VIEW or EDIT) needs to have logged into Studio at least once. Otherwise, their Delta email address will not populate the “share with” field.

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Yes! Agreed! I love how easy is to create and organize all your videos in the Main Library and to deploy them in more than one course if necessary. I always work from my main Library, but I have noticed that once I deploy a video in one of my courses, it also gets stored at the course level, which can come in handy. I found this the hard way, when I accidentally deleted a video I had created and captioned  from my Library. I was pretty bummed out thinking I would have to redo it, but I found it safely stored in the course I had deployed it to. I love Canvas Studio 🙂

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Lynn Hawley
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Thanks so much for all of the feedback! I consistently use Firefox as my browser because I did run into an issue uploading my first created video when I was using Chrome on my laptop. Just got stuck midway through the upload. Once I moved over to Firefox, it uploaded easily. Smile

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Deanna de Azevedo
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Has anyone else experienced the following:

If you TURN OFF COMMENTS for a video stored in Canvas Studio and then embed in a course? Turning off comments also TURNS OFF DETAILS about the video?

Am I correct about this? If so, BIG UGH! because this means having to enter details about a video

  1. Within STUDIO (which is a text field that does not support carriage returns or accessible headers), and also
  2. At course level (a.k.a. duplication of effort).

Note: For lecture videos, we always disable comments — even in YouTube. Rationale: There are other places in the course designed for focused discussion of lecture material including forums for asking questions.

Thoughts?

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Hi Deanna,

I have noticed that if I disable the comments at the time I am embedding a Canvas Studio video in a specific course the details of the video will not show up on the page I have embedded the video (I still see the details in my Canvas Studio, both in the Library and at the Course level, but the students will not). If the video has a on screen quiz, however, the details do show up on the page, even if I disable the comments. There may be another way around this, but I have not found it yet. 

I am going to open the comment section in some of my lecture videos, just to experiment and see if students will be more likely to comment in the video itself than it other sections of the class already designed for that purpose. However, I oftentimes include videos in Canvas Quizzes and Canvas class discussions, so I don't necessarily want additional comments in those videos. In the videos that I have created myself, I am not too concerned about the details, but if I am using a third party YouTube video (I use songs, movie trailers, etc. in Spanish) I would prefer to have the details included, if only for attribution purposes (to properly acknowledge my sources). I may end up creating on screen quizzes for all of my videos, but again, there are instances where I don't necessarily want an on screen quiz on the video (depending on the nature of the video itself). 

Thanks for bringing this up!  Curious to know if anybody else has found another way around this.

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Deanna de Azevedo
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@Isabel Anievas  —

Thank you so much for this workaround.

I implemented a single (survey) question within the video, embedded the video/quiz as an external tool assignment and now have access to Studio Dashboard within the course. WOOT! WOOT!

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While I agree it's not the end of the world if the Studio dashboard is not visible within the assignment (and therefore details also not visible), this workaround saves a ton of time with the COPY + PASTE process... especially in the case of errors, changes, and updates. Having to fix/update the same material in multiple different places can become an unwieldily duplication of time and effort... which to me paves the road to insanity and chaos... LOL!

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One behavior I noticed when embedding a Studio Quiz:

Any changes/updates made at My Library level do not seem to update within the embedded quiz at course level — this seems to match the behavior of inserting a quiz question into a quiz shell —versus— using a question bank. The embedded Studio quiz lives as a COPY of the original.

Just double-checking my math: Does my experience with this behavior lineup with everyone else's experience?

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aaron.garner
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You are correct Isabel and I haven't found a way around the problem.  I did isolate the HTML code (tag) that either includes the details or not, but I can't figure out exactly how it works or if there is a hack to fix it.

In the meantime, you could just copy the details of the video and paste it in the rich content editor.  That would be a pretty easy and quick fix.

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aaron.garner
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I did some research and the Canvas gurus are aware of this problem and supposedly are working on getting the course details to be visible when comments are disabled.

I also discovered that you will not have "Insights" if you disable comments.  You can still view them in the Studio page, but not within the page, assignment quiz etc.  Oddly it doesn't show up in the global navigation Studio link which is in the black nav section on the left.

In the meantime, I see this as a pretty minor deal.  Knowing this, all you have to do is copy the details and add the text under the video in the editing window.

Phew!! 

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Deanna de Azevedo
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@aaron-garner (a.k.a. Super Sleuth Extraordinaire)

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Thanks, as always, for your SUPER SLEUTHING! Keeping fingers crossed a fix is on the way soon.

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Yes, that is what I have been doing 🙂 It is good to know they are aware of it and working on resolving it, though I agree, it is not a major issue.  I had not noticed that we will not have access to the insights without the comments. Thanks for looking into this, Aaron!

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aaron.garner
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We shall see if they fix it.  I see a lot of pending fixes that have been around for a long time.  Glad to help.  Keep us posted on how you are using the videos.  It looks like you're already an expert.  Smile    I haven't implemented any of this yet, but I really like the quiz function.

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aaron.garner
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@deanna-de-azevedo. Maybe obsessed is a better way to put it!  Smile

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(@Jim Husting)
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This is cool...however I have a question. I created my Studio library for each class and an assignment to complete in Studio. However when I go to Student View....those videos are not there. What am I doing wrong?

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