Adding Video To Canvas Announcements Using Canvas Teacher Mobile App (iOS)

Directions for recording, uploading, and publishing video content into Canvas Announcements using the Canvas Teacher application for iOS

Instructional Challenge

During remote instruction, it is helpful to create video content for your course to improve your presence in the course. This can, however, require you to learn complex software and processes. This document walks you through the simple process of using your mobile phone and the Canvas app to create and publish videos for students.

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Download Canvas Teacher App

  • Download and install the Canvas Teacher app from that Apple App Store on your iOS device.
  • Select Find my school and type Madison, scroll down and locate UW - Madison. Log in with NetID and password.
  • Enter your Canvas course.

Create Announcement

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  • Select Announcements from the course navigation.
  • Select + for new announcement.
  • Provide a title in the Title field.
  • In the Description field, type any message you want to be included with your video.
  • As you type in the Description box, scroll the toolbar until you see the camera icon. This will record and embed a video into your announcement.

Record Video

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  • Select Video to use the video recording feature. If you want to use the front-facing camera, select the source-swap button. Press the red button to record the video. Press the same button to stop the recording.
  • You can press the Play button to preview the clip. If you want to record the video, select Retake. Once you are happy with the video, select Use Video. The video should appear embedded in the announcement.
  • Note: Videos recording using this tool will count toward your Canvas course quota (currently set to 2 GB). Videos will be saved in the Files folder in your Canvas course. If you are going to use this tool, be aware that video can take up significant space. Once created, these videos will also be copied when your course is reoffered — unless you delete them when the semester ends.

Set Announcement Options

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  • Once you return to the Announcement editor, you should see the video clip embedded. You can add text before or after the clip to provide context for the video.
  • Select the section(s) to which the announcement will be sent.
  • Slide Delay Posting button to the right if you want to set a day and time in the future for the announcement to be sent, instead of immediately.
  • Slide Allow users to comment button to the right if you want students to be able to comment on the video.
  • Once the announcement is ready, select Done.

Discussion

  • Select the Reply button.
  • In the Message window, type any comment you want to go with your video. Scroll to the right to see the Camera icon. This will record and embed a video into your announcement.
  • Select Video. If you want to use the front-facing camera, select the source-swap button. Press the red button to record the video. Press the same button to stop the recording. You can press the Play button to preview the clip. If you want to record the video, select Retake. Once you are happy with the video, select Use Video. The video should appear embedded in the announcement.
  • When posting is ready, select Send.