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Canvas allows teachers to record video from a web cam directly into course pages, discussion posts or even as assignment feedback.

Record Video in a Page, Discussion, or Announcement, or Feedback

Canvas provides designers and instructors with the ability to upload or record audio or video nearly anywhere in a course, from an Announcement to Assignment feedback.

A webcam is needs to record a video message, and a microphone is required to record audio.

In Canvas most editing windows offer the option to record media. The Record / Upload Media button will bring up a new window. Canvas video00.png

The Add Media Comment window will appear. Canvas video02.png

  1. This Windows has who tabs on the left hand side: Upload and Webcam.
  2. To record a video message, Click on the Webcam tab.
  3. Choose Video from two tabs across the top.
  4. Choose the appropriate Webcam from the Select a Webcam dropdown.
  5. Click on Record when ready to record and Stop when finished.
  6. Click on Next and add Tag and Title information.
  7. To finish the process Click Next then Ok to agree to the Terms of Use agreement.

Record Computer Desktop Activity

It occurred to me that I can easily record my desktop activity instead of my web cam using a similar set-up to what I've used to live-stream conference presentations. A 3rd-party desktop app allows you to delineate video sources in place of the web cam, including the user's desktop. While I still use the commercial software WebcamMax, this time I tested a free software called ManyCam, which works on Windows or Mac. After installing ManyCam, it's a piece of cake:

  1. Start ManyCam, and in the Sources tab choose Desktop and click Close. <a href="http://jaredstein.org/files/2011/01/2011-01-19_1045.png"><img src="http://jaredstein.org/files/2011/01/2011-01-19_1045.png" alt="" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1631" /></a>
  2. In your Canvas course, choose to Record/Upload Media (Pages, Announcements, Discussions, etc.), or Add Media Comment (Assignment feedback).
  3. Choose Webcam from the right, then Allow Kaltura to access your devices. Change your webcam source to ManyCam Video Source. <a href="http://jaredstein.org/files/2011/01/2011-01-19_1048.png"><img src="http://jaredstein.org/files/2011/01/2011-01-19_1048.png" alt="" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-1632" /></a>
  4. Click Record, minimize your window to show your desktop, and you're off and running! Save your recording in the Canvas window when done.
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