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Canvas Studio

What is Canvas Studio?

Canvas Studio is the next-generation online video learning platform that unmutes learning by turning one‑way, passive video into inclusive, productive discussion.

Canvas Studio is a communication tool that allows instructors and students to actively collaborate through video and audio media.

What are the benefits of Canvas Studio?

ENGAGES STUDENTS AND INSTRUCTORS – Canvas Studio engages learners and instructors. They can share, comment, and give feedback all within the video timeline—and all in real time! That way, learners learn from each other’s insights as well as from the instructor. Canvas Studio makes it easy for faculty to create engaging video and for students to participate in dynamic conversations as they view the video independently. And it provides a platform for students (who might otherwise be passive and non-participatory in class) to interact and participate.

PROVIDES INSIGHTFUL ANALYTICS – Instructors and administrators can access useful analytics and insights—like which videos people are watching, for how long, and when they stop watching. Faculty can see data for the overall class or narrow down to specific students. It all adds up to invaluable insight into how to engage with students more deeply and meaningfully.

EASY TO: SUBMIT, WATCH, COMMENT, AND GRADE – Students can submit a video as part of any project. Teachers can watch the video and leave comments throughout, making it easy to make inline comments in specific parts of the video. And, like the rest of Canvas, you get SpeedGrader functionality, so it’s easy to provide targeted feedback, apply rubrics, and give quick feedback in Canvas. It’s 21st century learning for 21st century learners.

QUIZZES & VIDEO: TWO GREAT THINGS THAT GO GREAT TOGETHER – Faculty can easily assess students by creating a quiz—choosing from a variety of question types—directly on the video timeline. Students can then watch the video and either answer questions as they go or once the video’s over. They get immediate feedback on how well they did. And their performance data transfers directly to the Canvas Grades.

NO IMPACT ON COURSE STORAGE – Video and audio uploaded to Canvas Studio will not count against your Canvas course storage limit.

How do I access Canvas Studio?

Canvas Studio integrates with Canvas and allows instructors to seamlessly create media interaction and active learning experiences into the classroom. Users can access Canvas Studio by clicking the Studio icon in the Global Navigation Menu or through the Rich Content Editor.

What file formats does Canvas Studio support?

Canvas Studio supports H.264 video playback.

Canvas Studio will accept the following video files for playback:

  • flv – Flash Video
  • asf – Windows Media
  • qt – Apple QuickTime
  • mov – Apple QuickTime
  • mpg – Digital Video Format
  • mpeg – Digital Video Format
  • avi – Digital Video Format
  • m4v – Digital Video Format
  • wmv – Windows Media
  • mp4 – Digital Video Format
  • 3gp – Multimedia Mobile Format

Canvas Studio will accept the following audio files for playback:

  • mp3 – Digital Audio Format
  • wma – Windows Media Audio
  • wav – Waveform Audio File Format

Additional Resources

Want instruction guides for your students? We have them already made for you!

(1) Submitting Canvas Studio Videos for Assignments, Discussions, and/or Quizzes

This content page presents step-by-step instructions for students on how to submit a Canvas Studio media file as an assignment submission.

Enter the Canvas Commons and search for “Canvas Studio – Student Video/Audio File Submissions”.

(2) Taking a Canvas Studio video quiz

This content page presents step-by-step instructions for students on how to complete a Canvas Studio video quiz.

Enter the Commons and search for “How do I take a Canvas Studio video quiz in a course as a student?”

Contact UTK Canvas Support to request a Canvas Studio consultation.