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Video & Course Storage Options

All Canvas courses are set to the maximum of 2GB, just like PolyLearn-Moodle courses were. 

Course Storage  |  User Storage - Discussion

Video & Audio

CSU Policies and Requirements for Captioning/Transcripts

Uploaded Video

PLEASE NOTE: All video files (MP4, MOV, and AVI) uploaded to Canvas will not display captions, and therefore the videos are not accessible.

These video files need to be removed from your course shells and stored on one of the cloud hosting sites: YouTube or Microsoft Stream. These are the best options for providing accessible-captioned video for students. 

Other Cal Poly supported cloud hosting services, such as: Zoom or Screencast-O-Matic also have captioning but are not as good as YouTube or Stream. SOM auto captions have many errors and must be fixed. Zoom captions are too long and difficult to read. 

All Audio files (MP3) uploaded into Canvas will not display transcripts, and therefore are not accessible. If you do not have a transcript for the audio already, you can use Otter (https://otter.ai ) to create the transcripts. Learn how to use Otter (video). 


 Stream   |  YouTube  |  Zoom Cloud  |   SOM Cloud  |  OneDrive  |   Google


Course Storage VS User Storage

Faculty using Canvas automatically have 2GB of Course Storage in each course. In addition, 5TB (5,000 GB) of additional space for (non-video) course materials is available to faculty within OneDrive. Files can easily be linked within Canvas for students to access.

Once the course has used its 2GB, no additional files can be uploaded. Faculty can clean up unused files with TidyUp or use outside tools like OneDrive and Google. Your course will import into the next quarter starting with a fresh 2GB. The previous files will remain and not count towards the new storage space. 

Course storage does not prevent students from completing their activities. Students will always be able to upload files, take quizzes, type in text boxes, etc., in a course, even if it is full.

All UN-Graded Activities (Discussions, Quizzes, Assignments) will count against User Storage (54MB). Users can view their User Storage via Account > Files

If you have large files or videos, it is best to use outside storage spaces like OneDrive/Google Drive/Office 365 Stream/YouTube to host the files and link them to your courses for your students to access. 

Once the course is full, faculty will not be able to add more content.

Faculty can check their course space in two locations:

  • Course menu, Files. Scroll to the bottom to see % used
  • Course Menu, Settings > in Side Bar – Course Statistics > File Storage tab.

If you Imported a PolyLearn backup (MBZ) course into Canvas, you will have many extra files that you do not need. Faculty can clean up unused files with TidyUp.

 

Do not upload audio or video content to Canvas courses - it is NOT Accessible which is required by the law (section 508). Instead, provide links or embed from ZoomScreencast-O-Matic, MS Stream, or YouTube.

 


video How to embed a Zoom cloud recording in Canvas


Storage Options

Linking to Office 365 - OneDrive

In addition, 5TB (5,000 GB) of additional space for (non-video) course materials is available to faculty within OneDrive. Files can easily be linked within Canvas for students to access. 

When you "Attach file" within Canvas to your OneDrive file...the file will be viewable in the Canvas course to your students even if the file is "Private" in your account. You do NOT have to "share" the files within OneDrive. 

Create a Page and add the links within the text...

  1. Click on the Add External Media button.
    External Media option
  2. Click on the Office 365 option.
    Select App
  3. Log in.
    NOTE: When you login to your Cal Poly account (my.calpoly.edu), you are accessing your resources to share a folder or file.
    Office Login
  4. Choose the file you want to link.
    NOTE: this is the only file your students will see on your course. They will not have access to the other files. 
    OfficeWindow
  5. Click on the Attach File button.
     

Video & Audio Options

In addition, 5TB (5,000 GB) of additional space for audio/video is available to faculty within Stream. Files can easily be linked within Canvas for students to access. 

Once you have uploaded your audio/video into Stream, you can embed or link the video into your Canvas course.

Stream provides automatic captions, learn more about enabling auto-generated captions for your video

Learn more about Stream and it's tools at https://web.microsoftstream.com & https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-stream
 

Login with your Cal Poly Username and Password. Here you can search for other videos, create your own, share with peers and students, and create your own channel.
 

 How to "Embed" a Stream video

  1. Log into Office Email/Calendar, then choose the Applications menu on the top left, then click on the All apps link.
    Office applications
  2. Scroll down and choose Stream.
    Stream
  3. Choose the option of uploading a video from your computer files or recording your own.Showing video upload options
  4. Find the video you want to link into your course. Click on the Share button.
    StreamCopy
  5. Click on the Embed tab.
  6. Click on the Copy button. 
    Stream Embed
  7. From Canvas, click on the Source button in the RCE window of the Page. 
    source button
  8. Paste the embed code into the Source window and Save
     

 

  1. Log into Office Email/Calendar, then choose the Applications menu on the top left, then click on the All apps link.
    Office applications
  2. Scroll down and choose Stream.
    Stream
  3. Choose the option of uploading a video from your computer files or recording your own.Showing video upload options
  4. Find the video you want to link into your course. Click on the Share button.
    StreamCopy
  5. Click on the Copy button to copy the URL.
    embed
  6. Within Canvas, select the text you want to create a link for, then click on the Link to URL button. 
    link
  7. Paste the URL into the box and click on the Insert Link button.
    URL paste

Embed YouTube Video

You may also place links in Canvas to other trusted online audio/video storage locations, like YouTube.

 

 

RCE Embed

Embed Code

Why 

  • Easiest way to embed a YouTube video into a course element
  • You want to embed an unlisted YouTube video
  • You want to embed a video that’s NOT on YouTube (same instructions apply)

Requirements

  • A public YouTube video
  • A video that allows for embedding and provides the embed code

Caution

  • Can’t be used for unlisted or private YouTube videos
  • Can’t be used for non-YouTube embeddable videos
  • Need to be aware of copyrighted content in the video
  • Unless you modify the embed code yourself, recommended videos - possibly inappropriate videos - may show up as options for students to click on once the video ends
  • Need to be aware of copyrighted content in the video


Modified from blink.ucsd.edu
 

 

To ADD a "Public" YouTube video to your course Page:

 

Create a Page and add the video within the text.
 

  1. Place your cursor where you want the video to appear, then click on the Plug button.
    external plug
  2. Choose YouTube from the list.
    YouTube option
  3. Find the video and click on the Embed button (2).
    embed

     

To Embed an "Unlisted" YouTube video to your page: 

Create a Page and add the video within the text.

  1. From YouTube, click on the SHARE button. 
  2. Click on the Embed button.
    YouTube embed 
  3. Copy the Embed Video HTML.
  4. From your Canvas course, page...in the RCE, click on the HTML button (bottom right).
  5. RCE HTML button
  6. Paste the Embed code, exit HTML by clicking on HTML button again. 
    paste YouTube Embed code
  7. Save the page. 

 

 

 

Discussion Attachments - User Storage

Each student only has 54MB of user storage. This is space you can store your files in Canvas under Account > Files. But, Cal Poly already has OneDrive and each student has 1TB of space. If you asked your students to attach a file in a Discussion...that uses the user storage in Canvas. Students can instead link the file from OneDrive, Google, Box, or other cloud option.

NOTE: This is only a Discussion Attachment issue. When a student submits to an Assignment - User Storage is not used. 

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