YouTube has quickly become one of the most widely used and accessible platforms for knowledge sharing. For academics and students, it has become a hub of information where you can search, share, and create content. Instructors often use YouTube to foster classroom discussions and for additional, in-depth understanding of a concept or topic. YouTube videos can be used to engage students in or outside of class time and serve as a catalyst for conversation.

Below are two ways for instructors to add videos to their Canvas course sites.

How to Embed YouTube Videos in your Canvas Course

1. Enter your course on Canvas and click on the Pages tab on the navigation panel.

2. Click on the + Page button in the upper right corner of the screen.

3. Add a title to the new Page and then click on Media Link button in the Rich Content Editor menu.

4. To embed a YouTube video, you will need to copy and paste an embedded code from YouTube. After you select the video in YouTube, click on the Share button and select Embed. Copy the embedded link.

5. In your Canvas page paste the embedded code from YouTube and then click Ok.

6. Add text instructions before or after the video if you choose. When you are finished, click Save & Publish.

Using the YouTube Canvas app to embed videos in your Canvas course

Canvas allows instructors to add apps to their courses to make enhancing learners’ experiences easier. You can add the YouTube App directly to your course site which allows you to search and add YouTube videos directly within Canvas.

How to Add the YouTube App on your Canvas Course

1. After selecting your course, click on Settings on the navigation panel.

2. Select the Apps tab and type in “YouTube” in the search bar.

3. Click on the YouTube App and then the + Add App button.

4. After adding the YouTube App, click on Pages and add a new Page. After adding the title, select the v-shaped icon in the Rich Content Editor menu and then select YouTube.

5. Search for the video you would like to include and then click on the Embed dropdown button. Select what size you want the embedded video to appear.

6. The video will appear in your textbox. When you are finished with your page, remember to save and publish it.

In addition to Pages, videos can also be added to Discussions, Announcements, Assignments, or Quizzes using the Rich Text Editor.

Embedding YouTube videos in your course pages or activities, provides another level of engagement with your students. YouTube’s vast content can serve students in many ways; the videos can be instructive and informative as well as entertaining and thought-provoking. YouTube can also be a great tool for your students to independently or collaboratively dig deeper on a concept or topic.