Assignments that ask students to create video presentations can be excellent methods to assess synthesis of course materials or to present original research. Below you will find best practices for setting up student video presentation assignments in Canvas, including some instructions that you can copy and paste to include in your assignment instructions.
But, first, a word about what NOT to do.
Please do not create a Canvas assignment with a submission type of “online” and “Media Recordings” upload. This type of assignment will have the students upload video files directly to Canvas, which will quickly cause your course size to reach its storage limit. After your course meets its storage limit, you will not be able to upload any additional files to your course.
Best Practices for Student Video Submissions
Students have access to record and share videos through Kaltura Media, the UIS video creation and storage solution. Student video projects can be created in Kaltura Media or created else and uploaded to Kaltura Media. Students may share the videos by (1) submitting a URL (web link) to the video to a Canvas Assignment, (2) embedding their video in a text box, or (3) adding a link to the video or embedding the video in a Canvas Discussion.
Create a Canvas Assignment for Student Video Submission
- Click on “Assignments” from the course navigation.
- Click “+Assignment” at the top right corner.
- Name your assignment.
- Enter a description or assignment details in the rich content editor. Be sure to include instructions for how your students can embed or link to their Kaltura Media video to submit their assignment.
- Points – Set the number of points the assignment is worth. If ungraded, enter “0”.
- Assignment Group – Select an assignment group if any have been created.
- Display Grade As – Select the type of grade that shows up in the gradebook and on the students’ view.
- Letter Grade – Uses the grading scheme
- GPA Scale – Uses the grading scheme
- Not Graded – If the assignment has no submission AND is ungraded
- “Do not count this assignment towards the final grade” – Check this box if the assignment has a submission BUT is ungraded.
- Submission Type – Set the submission type to “Online” and check the box for either:
- Text Box – choose if you want students to embed their Kaltura video for you to view. This submission method doesn’t involve extra steps for your students to locate the Kaltura URL.
- Website URL – choose this option if you want students provide a URL to video on Kaltura, YouTube, or other video sharing platforms.
- Group Assignment – Select to designate the assignment as a group assignment.
- Peer Reviews – Select to have students review their peers’ work provide feedback.
- Assign – Select who and when will see the assignment, as well set the due date.
- Click “Save & Publish” to allow student submissions or just “Save” to keep it hidden from students.
Video Submissions to Canvas Discussion Board
By default, students will be able to embed Kaltura Media videos in a discussion post. Follow these directions to create a Canvas Discussion. Be sure to include instructions for how your students can embed or link to their Kaltura Media video in their post.