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Videos are a great way to re-create face-to-face lectures, Powerpoint presentations, etc., and to give life to complicated concepts for students. Although using YouTube or Vimeo videos are great, look below to find a few tips and things to consider before posting a video for your students. There are a few different ways to distribute to students, you can embed the video into your Canvas course or you can email a video to your students directly. For video creation, Yuja is a video platform built into Canvas that makes recording and uploading your own video incredibly easy.




Desktop Tutorials

If you're using a desktop PC or Mac, please browse through the tutorials below to find what you're looking for.


Stream is the Microsoft 365 video storage service. When you use the Teams app to record a Teams meeting, the recording will be stored in the Stream account of the person who started the recording. Instructors often record class meetings and lectures so they can share the video with students who were not able to attend or would like to review the material in the future.

You can share a link to the video, email the video directly to recipients, or embed the video within a Canvas page. However, depending on your Teams setup, it’s possible that some of your students will not be allowed to play the recording. You can fix this issue by changing the video’s permissions before sharing it.

Share a Stream Video

Directions:

  1. Go to MSU Denver’s Faculty and Staff Hub.
  2. Log in to your Office365 email account.
  3. Click the Applications icon in the upper-left corner (looks like 9 dots in a square). 
  4. Click Stream.
  5. Click My content from the menu bar near the top of the screen.
  6. Select Videos from the drop-down menu.
  7. Locate the video you wish to share.
  8. Click the pencil icon to the far right of the video’s name.
  9. Select the video’s language from the Video Language drop-down menu.
  10. Ensure that permissions are set appropriately, as described below.
  11. Check the Autogenerate captions box (or upload a caption file instead).
  12. Click the Share button in the lower-right corner.
  13. Select Share, Email, or Embed at the top of the pop-up box.
    1. Share: copy and paste a direct link to the video.
    2. Email: email the video directly to recipients.
    3. Embed: copy and paste an embed code.
      • Note: Embed is the recommended method for adding a video to a Canvas page. The video will appear within the Canvas page; students will not need to click a link and go to an external website. Refer to our “Embed a Video on a Page” tutorial to learn more.

 

Edit Video Permissions

Directions:

  1. Locate the video you wish to edit permissions for.
  2. Click the pencil icon to the far right of the video’s name.
  3. Click the checkbox next to “Allow everyone in your company to view this video.”
    • Note: This will allow everyone with an MSU Denver email address to access the video. This is the recommended method because it will give viewing permissions to all students.
  4. Adjust other sharing options as desired. Options include:
    1. Share with certain People, Channels, or Groups.
      1. Select People, Channels, or My Groups from the drop-down menu.
      2. Type in the name of the person/channel/group you wish to share the video with.
      3. Click the magnifying glass icon or pressenter on your keyboard.
      4. Select the name of the person/channel/group from the drop-down menu.
    2. Edit Viewer permissions.
      1. Check the Owner box to allow the listed viewer to edit the video and its sharing permissions.
      2. Check the Display box to make the video display on the Stream group’s page.
  5. Click Apply at the top of the screen to save your choices.

Videos can be a great way to get complex ideas or concepts across to your students. This tutorial describes how to embed a video, such as a YouTube video, on a Canvas page. Using pages provides a wonderful opportunity to include some much needed context around your video in the form of an introductory paragraph (gain the students’ attention, guide them in what to think about or what to get out of the video), notes from you, or even a link to a reading that supplements the video.

Directions:

 

  1. Go to MSU Denver’s Faculty and Staff Hub.
  2. Click Canvas in the Teaching & Learning section.
  3. Log in to your Canvas account.
  4. Select the course you’d like to work in.
  5. Click Modules on the course navigation menu to the left.
  6. Scroll to the Page you would like to edit.
  7. Click the name of the Page.
  8. Click Edit.
  9. Click the Record/Upload Media button (it has a play button and a music note) above the Rich Content Editor.
    • Note: If you do not see this button, click the Options icon (three vertical dots).
  10. Click Upload/Record Media.
  11. Click the Embed tab.
  12. Copy the embed code of your video.
    • Note: To find the embed code of a YouTube video:
      1. Open the YouTube video.
      2. Click Share (below the video).
      3. Click Embed.
      4. Copy the Embed video code that appears.
  13. Paste the code into the Embed Code box in Canvas.
  14. Edit the code, if desired.
    • Change the frame width as desired. For example, if you use width = “98%”, your video will fill up most of the width of the Canvas page.
    • Change the frame height as desired. For example, if you use height = “600”, your video will fill the monitor height.
    • Common dimensions you could use are width = “720”, height = “405”.
  15. Click Save.

Videos uploaded to YuJa receive automatic captions, though it may take a few hours for them to appear after processing. This is an excellent feature which will save you lots of time! However, not all of the captions will be accurate- it’s a computer and cannot know your exact vocab or speech perfectly. Thankfully, editing the transcript files is quick and easy and takes much less time than writing the transcript from scratch.

Directions

 

  1. Open a new browser window.
  2. Type msudenver.yuja.com in the address bar.
  3. Hit Enter on your keyboard to navigate to the webpage.
  4. Click the dropdown bar next to the Login button in the top right and select the middle option, “Metropolitan State University of Denver SSO”, then click the Login button.
  5. Click the My Media tab located on the left navigation bar. 
  6. Navigate to the video that you’d like to edit the captions of.
  7. Hover your mouse pointer over the video that you would like to select.
  8. Select Edit. from the menu that appears over the right side of the video thumbnail.
    • A new window will open with the player and editing options available.
  9. Click the CC icon that appears in the bottom right corner of the video.
  10. Scrub through the video and edit captions as you see fit.
  11. Click Add Caption at [timestamp] when you’re satisfied with your edits.

Sometimes the best way to reach your students is with a video from you, their instructor. Other resources are great, but your presence in the course makes it even more unique and meaningful to the students. One great way to provide your own videos is through recording in YuJa. You could use this tool to record video announcements/updates, lectures, or walkthroughs of assignments.

Install YuJa Software Center on Your Computer

If you have not already downloaded the YuJa Software Station on your computer, you will need to do this prior to your first recording.

Directions:

 

  1. Log in to YuJa (msudenver.yuja.com) using the MSU SSO (single sign on) option at the top right of the page.
  2. Click Create RecordingCreate Recording window appears.
  3. Click the Download link.
    • This will prompt you to download the YuJa Software Station installation file.
  4. Run the install.

Note: If you are on a MSU Denver ITS-supplied computer, you will need to follow the alternative method below. If you have trouble downloading YuJa on your MSU ITS-Supplied device, please contact the ITS Helpdesk at 303-352-7548 or support@msudenver.edu.

  • If you’re on a Mac computer supplied by MSU Denver ITS, open the “Self Service” app and install it there.
  • If you’re on a PC supplied by MSU Denver ITS, open the “Software Center” app and install it there.

Note: Once the software is installed, move on to the Create a Video from Within YuJa tutorial.

 

Create a Video from Within YuJa

Sometimes the best way to reach your students is with a video from you, their instructor. Other resources are great, but your presence in the course makes it even more unique and meaningful to the students. One great way to provide your own videos is through recording in YuJa. You could use this tool to record video announcements/updates, lectures, or walkthroughs of assignments.

Directions:

  1. Log in to YuJa (msudenver.yuja.com) using the MSU SSO (single sign on) option.
  2. Click Create Recording
  3. Click the Start button. 
  4. Click the Open YuJa Software Capture button. A YuJa Software Capture window will pop up.
  5. Type the title of your recording in the Title box if you would like (you can do this after recording as well).
  6. Type a description of the video in the Description box if you would like. 
  7. Select the course that you are wanting to post the capture in by clicking the Purple Folder Icon on the right. Select Save folder window will appear.
  8. Select where to put your video. 
    • Note: If no location is selected, or this button is not used, the recording will be placed in your default content collection within YuJa.
  9. Select your video output(s).
  10. Select your audio output(s).
  11. Select your screen capture area
    • Note: Make sure the video presented in the preview is what you wish to record.
  12. Click Start in the bottom right corner. 
    • Note: There will be a three second countdown before your recording will begin. As you are recording, you will see controls in the bottom right corner of your screen. It will give you the option to open the YuJa Software Station in full preview mode (click the YuJa logo), stop, or pause your recording.
  13. Give your presentation (the software is recording).
  14. Click the stop button when you are done recording . 
    1. A pop-up window will appear.
    2. Click Save or Delete your capture.
      • Note: After you save the recording, YuJa will process the recording. This process may take several minutes depending on the size of the recording. After the video has processed, it will be available in the previously selected media channel for deployment.

 

Upload an Existing Video to YuJa

Similar to recording directly in YuJa, you can upload video files to YuJa and share them with your class. This means that if you are comfortable recording in another software, you can still record there and then easily share your videos using YuJa.

Directions:

  1. Log in to YuJa (msudenver.yuja.com) using the MSU SSO (single sign on) option.
  2. Navigate to the folder within Yuja where you want your video to be located.
  3. Click UploadThe Add Media window will appear. 
  4. Ensure Video is selected from the options above.
  5. Click Browse.
  6. Locate the video file on your computer that you want to upload.
  7. Click Open.
    • Note: You can select more than one video file. You will see them listed in the popup window underneath the Browse button.
  8. Click the Start Upload button.
    • Note: You will see a progress bar appear at the bottom-right of your browser window indicating when the videos are done. Depending on the size of your video, this process could take several minutes. Once a video has finished uploading, YuJa will start processing the video(s) which may take another several moments. Once YuJa has finished processing your video(s), they are ready for placing or sharing to your desired audience- see the Embed a YuJa Video tutorial for more information.

There are times when you may want to download a video file of a recording you have made in YuJa, and thankfully, YuJa has made that a pretty easy process.

Directions:

  1. Go to MSU Denver’s Faculty and Staff Hub.
  2. Click Canvas in the Teaching & Learning section.
  3. Log in to your Canvas account.
  4. Select the course you’d like to work in.
  5. Click the YuJa link located in the left-hand navigation bar.
  6. Click the button that reads Open in New Tab to be taken to the MSU YuJa sign-on-page.
  7. Log in to Yuja using the MSU SSO (single sign on) option at the top right of the page.
  8. Locate the video you would like to download.
  9. Hover your mouse over the Video Thumbnail to bring up a menu of options.
  10. Click More.
  11. Click Downloads on the left-side navigation bar in the pop-up window.
  12. Select Audio-Only Content or Audio and Video Content, based upon your needs.
  13. Click Request Media.
    • Select Separate files if you’d like to download the audio and the camera recording separately.
    • Select Single file if you’d like to download your video with sound and visual recording together in one video (this will be the most likely option).
  14. Click Request Media.
  15. A message will appear informing you that YuJa will send you a link to your MSU email.
  16. Once that email arrives in your inbox, Click the Link to start a download of your requested media to your personal computer.

Sometimes the best way to reach your students is with a video from you, their instructor. You can easily embed videos from YuJa anywhere the Rich Content Editor box and toolbar appears in Canvas.

Note: There are two ways to embed videos in Canvas:

  1. Use the Yuja Media Chooser within the Rich Content Editor inside of Canvas.
  2. Copy and paste the embed code from Yuja into the Rich Content Editor within Canvas.

Method 1: Use the Yuja Media Chooser

Directions:

 

  1. Go to MSU Denver’s Faculty and Staff Hub.
  2. Click Canvas in the Teaching & Learning section.
  3. Log in to your Canvas account.
  4. Select the course you’d like to work in.
  5. Click Modules on the course navigation menu to the left.
  6. Scroll to the Page you would like to edit.
  7. Click the name of the Page.
  8. Click Edit.
  9. Click the More Options icon (three dots) to the upper-right of the Rich Content Editor.
  10. Select the Apps icon (it looks like an electrical plug).
  11. Scroll down in the Select App box that appears.
  12. Click YuJa.
  13. Sign in to YuJa with your MSU credentials, if prompted to do so.
  14. Navigate to your video by typing the video name into the search bar or by scrolling down in the video list.
    • Note: You can also click Record to record a new video, or click Browse to upload a video from your computer to YuJa.
  15. Click the video name or thumbnail.
  16. Wait for the video to load into the Rich Content Editor.
  17. Click Save.

Method 2: Copy and Paste the Embed Code from Yuja into Canvas

Note: This is a two phase process which requires you to first begin in YuJa, then move into Canvas.

Directions:

 

  1. Log in to YuJa (msudenver.yuja.com) using the MSU SSO (single sign on) option.
  2. Navigate to the folder within Yuja where the desired video is located.
  3. Hover the mouse over the video. 
  4. Click on More in the list that appears on the right edge of the video.
    • A new window will appear with the video at the top and a menu along the left side.
  5. Click on Links in the menu along the left side.
  6. Hover the mouse over the Embed this Video box.
    • The text in the block will be highlighted blue.
  7. Copy this text. (CTRL+C for PC and Command+C for Mac)
  8. Go to MSU Denver’s Faculty and Staff Hub.
  9. Log in to your Canvas account.
  10. Select the course you’d like to work in.
  11. Locate the Page, Assignment, Discussion, or Quiz you would like to edit in the course.
  12. Click in the rich content editor box where you want the YuJa video to be located.
  13. Click the Record/Upload Media button, six buttons in from the right, above the box.
  14. Select from the drop down menu Upload/Record Media.
    • The Upload Media window appears.
  15. Select the Embed tab.
  16. Click in the Embed Code box.
  17. Paste the Embed Code. (CTRL+V for PC and Command+V for Mac)
    • Note: The embed code from YuJa is stored by your computer until you paste it in this box, so long as you don’t copy anything else between copying the code from YuJa and now.
  18. Click the Submit button.

GoReact is a tool for providing feedback on videos. Students can record media and receive feedback from their teacher, or critique a media piece using time-stamped comments. Consider asking students to act out a scene from literature; record a mini-lesson about the course content; or demonstrate a performance-based skill. This tutorial describes how to integrate the GoReact app with a Canvas assignment.

Directions:

 

  1. Go to MSU Denver’s Faculty and Staff Hub.
  2. Click Canvas in the Teaching & Learning section.
  3. Log in to your Canvas account.
  4. Select the course you’d like to work in.
  5. Click Modules on the course navigation menu to the left.
  6. Scroll to the Module where the Assignment you want to edit is located.
  7. Click on the name of the Assignment.
  8. Click Edit.
  9. Scroll down to the Submission Type setting.
  10. Choose External Tool from the drop-down menu.
  11. Click Find.
  12. Select GoReact from the list of tools.
  13. Click Select.
  14. Click Save.
    • If prompted to sign up:
      1. Complete the required sections on this page, including Use it for, First name, Last name, Email, and Phone (optional).
      2. Click the button for I am age 13 or older and consent to the above as well as the USER TERMS and PRIVACY POLICY.
      3. Click Next.
  15. Select an option from the Create a new assignment drop-down menu.
    • NOTE: This tutorial uses a Standard assignment.
  16. Click Next.
  17. Select a setting from the Recording & Feedback Privacy drop-down menu.
    • NOTE: This tutorial uses the Private option.
  18. Select your preferred setting from the Grading & Evaluation drop-down menu.
    • NOTE: This tutorial uses the Points option.
  19. Type the number of points in the Points Possible text area.
  20. Adjust other options as desired.
  21. Click Done.

GoReact Feedback and Grading

  1. Select the GoReact Assignment you created in Canvas.
  2. Click on a recording.
    • To leave a text comment:
      1. Type your comment into the text box. The video will pause as you type.
      2. Press Enter/Return on your keyboard when you are done. 
    • To leave a video/audio comment:
      1. Click the video or audio icon.
      2. Click Record and record your comment.
      3. Click Finish when you are done.
  3. Grade the video by typing the number of Points in the upper-right.
    • Note: if you don’t see a Points option, click Edit Assignment Settings. Make sure the video is set to be graded using Points and the Point value is greater than zero.
  4. Click the arrows in the upper-left portion of the screen to navigate through multiple students’ videos.

VoiceThread is a tool for creating, sharing, and commenting on media -- especially audio and video recordings. This tutorial describes how to create different types of VoiceThread assignments for students to complete within Canvas. You can ask students to record their own VoiceThreads, or watch/comment on a VoiceThread.

Directions:

Integrate VoiceThread with Canvas

 

  1. Go to MSU Denver’s Faculty and Staff Hub.
  2. Click Canvas in the Teaching & Learning section.
  3. Log in to your Canvas account.
  4. Select the course you’d like to work in.
  5. Click Modules on the course navigation menu to the left.
  6. Scroll to the Module where your assignment is located.
  7. Click on the name of the Assignment you want to add VoiceThread to.
  8. Click Edit.
  9. Scroll down to the Submission Type setting.
  10. Choose External Tool from the drop-down menu.
  11. Click Find.
  12. Select VoiceThread from the list of tools.
  13. Click Assignment Builder.
  14. Select the type of assignment you wish to create.
    • Create a VoiceThread:
      1. Type a name and description for the assignment.
    • Submit a Comment:
      1. Select a VoiceThread from the list for students to comment on.
        • Note: See “Create a VoiceThread,” below, to learn how to make a new VoiceThread.
      2. Type a name and description for the assignment, under the VoiceThread image in the panel on the right.
      3. Choose the number of comments students must submit.
    • Watch a VoiceThread
      1. Select a VoiceThread from the list for students to watch.
        • Note: See “Create a VoiceThread,” below, to learn how to make a new VoiceThread.
      2. Type a name and description for the assignment, under the VoiceThread image in the panel on the right.
  15. Click the Create Assignment button.
  16. Click Save and Continue.
  17. Click Select.
  18. Click Save.

Create a VoiceThread

 

  1. Navigate to Assignment Builder then Submit a Comment, as described above.
  2. Click the “+Create New VoiceThread” button.
  3. Click+Add New Media.”
  4. Select how you would like to create your VoiceThread.
    • My Computer: upload a media file from your computer.
    • Audio or Video Recording: start a new recording immediately.
      1. Allow the computer’s microphone and/or camera to be used, if prompted.
      2. Click Start Recording.
      3. Record your video.
      4. Click Stop Recording.
      5. Click Save if you are done, or click Cancel to redo the recording.
    • URL: link to a video/audio recording on the internet.
      1. Copy the link to a media file on the web.
      2. Paste the link into the URL box.
      3. Click Save.
  5. Enter a title for the media piece.
  6. Click Save.
  7. Click Share with Class.
  8. Click Share with Class again.
  9. Type in the Activity Name.
  10. Click Save.
  11. Click Save and Continue.
  12. Click Select.
  13. Click Save.

Comment on a VoiceThread

 

  1. Go to MSU Denver’s Faculty and Staff Hub.
  2. Click Canvas in the Teaching & Learning section.
  3. Log in to your Canvas account.
  4. Select the course you’d like to work in.
  5. Click Modules on the course navigation menu to the left.
  6. Scroll to the Module that contains the VoiceThread.
  7. Click on the name of the Assignment that contains the VoiceThread.
  8. Click the Comment button.
  9. Select the type of comment you would like to add (text, audio, video, file upload, or phone).
  10. Follow the prompts to record and save your comment.

You are able to utilize YuJa to create embed codes and direct links to insert YouTube videos into your Canvas course. It should be noted, however, that utilizing YuJa to link YouTube videos does create cause for concern about Copyright Infringement, so you should only link YouTube videos via YuJa if you maintain ownership or have the author’s permission to use the YouTube video.

Directions:

 

  1. Go to MSU Denver’s Faculty and Staff Hub.
  2. Click Canvas in the Teaching & Learning section.
  3. Log in to your Canvas account.
  4. Select the course you’d like to work in.
  5. Click the YuJalink located in the left-hand navigation bar.
  6. Click the button that reads Open in New Tab to be taken to the MSU YuJa sign-on page.
  7. Log in to Yujausing the MSU SSO (single sign on) option at the top right of the page.
  8. Click My Media on the left navigation bar.
  9. Click Upload located towards the top-left of the screen.
  10. Click Link from the available options towards the top of the pop-up window.
  11. Click YouTube from the drop-down menu that appears.
  12. Copy/Paste your YouTube Link you would like to link via YuJa in the YouTube Link text field.
  13. Enter a Title in the corresponding text field.
  14. Enter an optional Description in the corresponding text field if you desire.
  15. Click Start Upload to upload your YouTube video to YuJa.
  16. Refer to the “Embed a YuJa Video” tutorial to learn how to add the video to your Canvas course.


Mobile and Tablet Tutorials

If you're using a mobile device or tablet, please browse through the tutorials below to find what you're looking for.


You can share links to videos and other web resources using your MSU Outlook email. If you prefer using your phone to record videos or find other web resources, you can easily share links with your students using the Outlook mobile app.

Note: Email services usually have a file size limit, so to send your own recorded videos, you will need to upload them to OneDrive, YuJa, or another cloud storage location. You can then get a URL to the video and share it through an email as outlined below.

Method 1 - Send an Email Directly via OneDrive

  1. Open the location of the video file on your mobile. For example, on a Samsung phone, videos recorded on the phone are located in the Gallery app.
  2. Press the thumbnail image of the video.
  3. Select the Share option.
  4. The Share window opens.
  5. Select the cloud storage location where you would like to save the video. These might include: Google Drive or OneDrive. Email is unable to send large files such as video files, so the video must first be added to a cloud storage location to receive a link. This example uses OneDrive.
  6. Selectthe Allow option for the popup notification Allow OneDrive to access photos, media, and files on your device? This notification only appears if you have not previously used OneDrive for video sharing.
  7. Select the checkmark next to Upload to OneDrive at the top of the screen.
  8. Select  More Options (the three stacked dots) next to the file name.
  9. Select Share.
  10. The Send Link window opens.
  11. Enter the email address in the Enter a name or email address textbox.
  12. Select Send.


Method 2 - Use the Outlook app

Follow Steps 1-9 above. If you are using OneDrive, continue to step 1. If you are using a different platform, copy the URL to the video on that platform (usually by pressing and holding or by tapping “more” or the three dots) and skip to step 5.

  1. Tap where it says Anyone with the link can edit to edit the share settings
  2. Select who you would like to grant access to (Anyone with the link, People in MSU Denver, People with existing access, or Specific people). This tutorial will use the People in MSU Denver option
  3. Check or Uncheck the box to Allow editing based on whether or not you would like to enable others to edit the file or folder
  4. Tap Copy Link
  5. Open the Outlook app
  6. Select the Create New button in the lower right (this looks like a blue circle with a pencil and a square)
  7. Type the name or email address of a recipient
  8. Select the name of the recipient in the list that pops up to add them
  9. Repeat steps 19-20 to continue adding more recipients
  10. Select in the Subject line
  11. Type a Subject
  12. Tap the message area
  13. Press and hold in the message space
  14. Tap Paste when the option appears
  15. Tap the Send button in the upper right (this looks like a paper airplane)


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