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Embedding Video Resources

Adding video resources to your Canvas course can be a great way to engage students in the learning process.


Typically the best way to add videos to Canvas is by embedding them on a page or within the text of an assignment or announcement.

Click here for a guide to using embed code to embed external videos in Canvas.

Click here for a guide to using MyMedia to upload and embed your own videos in Canvas.

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Alexander Street is a great video resource provided by OU Libraries

Please note: Videos should not be uploaded directly to your Canvas course, but to MyMedia. Canvas courses do not have enough storage space to accommodate more than a few short video clips.



There are a multitude of great resources for online videos including several that are offered by OU Libraries. These include:


Please Note:

Some of the Kanopy and Alexander Street Press collections licensed by the library have been changed to a “by request only” status, meaning they may still available, but will need to be requested.

If you would like to make a request for a Kanopy or Alexander Street Press video please contact us with the following information:

  • Name of the video
  • Course(s) using the video
  • Course delivery method (Online, Face to Face, Blended)
  • How far into the future you plan to use the video (one semester, every spring semester forever, etc.)



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