Echo360 Embedding Videos in Canvas (easiest method, an Echo360 course is not required)

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Why Embed Videos in Canvas? (recommended when using Modules)

Supported Browsers: Firefox (recommended) Google Chrome, and Edge work best with Echo360, the latest browser versions. Safari and Internet Explorer are not supported.

Embedding media from your library using the Echo360 embed button is a quick way for you to post individual videos from your personal library for reuse with the embedded player or you can post a secure video link, instead of publishing them to an Echo360 course (Active Learning Platform).

  • Videos can be embedded within an (e.g., Assignment, Discussion, Page, etc.).
  • The embedded player provides Q&A/Discussion for students or instructors to participate in if they wish.
  • Embedding your videos has great benefits for faculty to resuse content without an Echo360 course.
  • Embedding videos do not use Canvas course storage.
  • You can see video views in your library or you can quickly access video Analytics by clicking the chart icon (bottom-right) of the embedded video; see the sample image below. 

Learn more in our section, Overview of the Embedded Player. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
Echo360 Analytics button bottom-right of the embedded player


Benefits of Embedding for Faculty

Embedded Media can be Reused. It can be copied for future semester use without breaking links and you can view user-specific analytics in your library and does not take up the Canvas course storage they are stored in Echo360. 
Describe Your Video. The video title displays at the top of the embedded player or a secure video link. Be sure to edit the video title in your library so it displays a proper name when your students view the video for playback, it also makes it easier to find the video in your library for reuse.
Transcript Missing from Embedded Media? If the Echo360 media was embedded prior to the transcript panel feature being released, or if it is embedded prior to the media having a transcript applied, it may need to be re-embedded to show the transcript.
Did you know? You can embed polling questions directly into a video to check for student understanding without using the Active Learning Platform.

Benefits of Embedding for Students

Provides ease of access to your Echo360 video/audio media as it plays directly in a Canvas. It reduces confusion by keeping students in the same area, or Module, they started in rather than providing links to content (e.g., External Links, Course Links).
The media player remembers where you left off, video can be resumed or started over.
The transcript is readable and searchable while watching the video.
Embedded media can be viewed on a computer (the player is responsive to screen size) or on a mobile device using the Canvas Student app.

Embedding Echo360 videos in Canvas (watch the video or view instructions)

View Video: How-To Embed in Canvas

If you are not logged in your Microsoft 365 account, you will need to sign in to view the video.


BEST PRACTICE: Embedding in Canvas content window. ITS recommends hiding Echo360 from the Canvas course navigation especially if you are using Modules so there is no confusion from students on where to watch your videos. 
Student View does not work for Echo360. Using Student View will generate an LTI error as the test student does not have login credentials for Echo360. 

View Instructions: Embedding in Canvas

Accessing the Echo360 Embed button in a Content Window

Echo360 Embed button plug-shaped icon (Apps button) - Rich Content Editor

Click the image to enlarge then close the browser tab when finished.

PRO TIP for Embedding Content: You can embed one or more videos or secure links, place your mouse cursor where you would like to embed your next video. 

View Instructions: How-To Embed your Video

The tab "Choose From My Home" is active and selected by default, you will see the most recent videos in your library. NOTE: New for Q4 2021, the embedded player now shows 100 items at a time.

  1. Go to the Canvas course, click the "Edit" button of the content type (e.g., Assignment, Discussion, Page, etc.) where you would like to embed your video or secure link.
  2. Place your mouse cursor where you would like the video to be located. We recommend to press Enter or Return on your keyboard so the video appears on a new line.
  3. On the toolbar, (look for the plug-shaped icon) and click Echo360, or if you don't see it click "View all" then click Echo360.
  4. You can find your video that you want to embed in a few different ways (view image "Options for Embedding" below):
    • use the scroll bar
    • type in the name of the video in the Search Content text box
    • use the funnel icon to filter your search, by media type, term, or course and click Apply.
  5. Select the video you want to embed by clicking on it. Items you can change such as size, player type and autoplay will show.
  6. Click "Insert"
  7. Repeat steps to add more than one video on a page. 
  8. Once you are done embedding your video click Save and Publish, if you are not ready for students to see it, click Save.
  9. See Overview of the Embedded Video Player below.
Take up less room and post an embedded link to your video, see instructions below "How to Post a Secure Video Link into a Content Window".

Options for Embedding in a Content Window

echo30-Embed Button in Canvas Embedding Options

Overview of the Embedded Video Player

This player is seen when embedding normal videos or interactive media in Canvas content window. The same player will be seen when adding a video with polls to an Echo360 course. The video will playback as normal and can rewatched as much as the students needs. If there is a transcript students can read along as they are watching your video.

Learn more about viewing videos in the new Embedded Player.

Embedded Video Player

Echo360 Embedded Player Controls

How to Post a Secure Video Link into a Content Window

This method uses the Echo360 embed button, it doesn't embed a video it creates a secure video link instead of using the embedded player. It is the same procedural steps shown above on how to embed a video in a content window. 

  • In the content window, place the cursor where you want to post the video link.
  • In the toolbar, click the plug-shaped icon, select Echo360, if you don't see it click View all then choose Echo360.
  • Search and select your video in the list, to see the different ways you can search for a video stored in Echo360 watch the video above.
Select the Link option (this is a secure link not public) instead of (Size, Autoplay, and Start At). See these instructions on how to post a secure link using the Echo360 embed button in a content window in Canvas.
A secure link only allows students within your Canvs course to view your video(s).

Quick tips for posting a link

The name of the video link will be the same as the video title. You can edit the media name in your library before posting a link.
Once the content is published, students will click the secure link to playback the video, it will open in a new browser tab. IMPORTANT NOTE: Firefox is recommended for viewing video content.


Generate a Secure Link - No Embedded Player

EmbedLink No Player

Create New Media

You can create new media when clicked it launches Universal Capture Personal software for recording on your computer. If you have only recorded in the classroom and have not installed Universal Capture Personal on your computer, see our Universal Capture Personal Installation Guide. If are new learn how to get started with Echo360.

Upload Existing Media

Upload videos from your computer to your Echo360 library, After uploading to your Echo360 library you can use embed your video using the Echo360 embed button.

Embed a Video with Polling Questions (Check for Student Understanding)

To check for student understanding you can embed polls in your video, students must answer to continue watching and can only answer once, you can see usage analytics in your Library, and you can download the data. The process uses the Echo360 embed button (the plug-shaped icon within Apps) using the Interactive Media type.

This method also uses the embedded player, (as shown in the image above). When you embed polls in a video, they can can be shared with students in a Canvas content window or to an Echo360 course utilizes the Active Learning Platform.

Learn more about embedded polling in Echo360 (add polls to a video or a presentation).

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