Created by the Rowan University Libraries Digital Scholarship Center, this video tutorial introduces users to sharing a PowerPoint video lecture for online learning using Google Drive and Canvas. The tutorial shows the step-by-step process of linking a video file on Google Drive with the Canvas learning management system. The same technique can be used to link audio files.
Closed captions available through the video's button. The transcript appears below.
Hello and welcome to our tutorial on how to share
a PowerPoint lecture video for online learning
using the Canvas LMS. In our previous videos
we explored recording a voiceover lecture
using PowerPoint. We also explored exporting
a PowerPoint video lecture as a video file.
We also learned how to compress our video
files making them easier and quicker to access
in an online learning environment.
In this tutorial we will learn how to share
lecture videos using the Google Drive platform
and the Canvas learning management system.
If you're new to online learning and using a
learning management system such as Canvas you're
probably wondering why we would use Google Drive.
Why not just upload the video files directly to
the LMS? Well you can do this but most learning
management systems have very limited storage space
because these systems are very expensive to run
and maintain. Using a system like Google
Drive allows you to host all of your course
videos without using the very expensive storage
allocated through the learning management system.
If you have not used Google Drive check out
our Google Drive tutorials. We have step-by-step
tutorials on accessing and uploading files to
your drive and also tutorials on other Google apps.
We've added a link to these tutorials in the
description below. I should also mention that
Google's Chrome browser is made for use
with Google's apps such as Google Drive.
If you use Chrome you can drag files from any
location from your computer into your Google Drive.
The Chrome browser also includes a convenient
icon right here to access your Google Drive
account and apps. Once in the Google
Drive I can go to the course folder.
Here we have the what is art presentation
file and the video file which is an m4v file.
The m4v format is a video container that is
very similar to mp4. It should work great on
all modern computers and mobile devices. To link
the video lecture with our Canvas course we will
need to set the permissions of the video file. To
do that, right-click or control-click on the video
file. Select get shareable link then select the
restricted menu and select anyone with the link.
From here we want to copy the link
by clicking here then press done. Then
we will log in to our Canvas course and scroll
down to the correct week for this lecture. To
add an item we click the plus button. In theory
we could add an external link, however, Canvas
doesn't always like shared links from Google
Drive and other systems that share media files.
I prefer to create a new page and then insert the
link within this page. To do this we'll select page,
then the New Page option. We then need to add
a page name here. Once completed select the add
item button. The next step is to go to the lecture
within your Canvas course and open the page.
Then click the edit button near the upper right
corner. I prefer to create a brief description
and then underneath I add the text, Video Lecture
which we will use to create the link to the video.
Select the text and then press this icon, the Link
to URL button. Earlier we copied the Google link
for our video lecture. If needed, go back to
your Google Drive folder and copy the link
and then paste it in Canvas.
Once added, click the insert link button then
scroll down and select the save button. To test
your link, go back to the page for this lecture and
select the link. The video will open in a new page.
One final tip. When you have fully uploaded
a video to Google Drive it will take a few
minutes for the video to process. If the video
has not finished processing in Google Drive
then when you click the link in Canvas
you will get a window similar to this.
If you wait a few more minutes and
try again the video should open
and you can start watching
directly within the browser window.
We hope this series has helped you with
creating video lectures for your online courses.
If you need assistance with your creative
project or research please let us know here
at the Rowan University Libraries. We're happy
to help in any way we can. Thanks for watching.