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R-MC Faculty Teaching Toolkit: Canvas Studio


Canvas Studio


About Canvas Studio

Canvas Studio the next-generation, interactive, video-centric approach to learning that turns one-way, passive video into two-way, inclusive, productive discussion. It allows you to record, edit, caption, and manage media within Canvas, Randolph-Macon College's learning management system (LMS). Canvas Studio uses Screencast-O-Matic as their recording tool. Canvas and Canvas Studio have created excellent text and video tutorials on their website. Rather than recreate those here, this guide identifies popular topics and provides direct links to tutorials on those topics to make them easier to locate.


This page provides information on:

  • How to access Studio in
  • Record and edit lecture captures with Canvas Studio  (Text | Video)
    • Troubleshoot Screen Capture problems
    • Note: The media Editing tool in Canvas Studio is only available for the Screen Capture function, and before the screen capture is uploaded to the user's Studio Library.
  • Record Webcam Captures with Canvas Studio  (Text | Video)
  • Add Closed Captioning to videos with Canvas Studio  (Text | Video)
  • Add quizzes and interactions to Canvas Studio  (Text | Video)
  • Import outside media (e.g. YouTube videos) into Canvas Studio and Manage your Studio Library  (Text | Video)
  • Incorporate Canvas Studio media into a course  (OverviewTutorial in Text )


Additional topics are available (Text | Video), including:

  • Add and reply to media comments
  • Use analytics
  • Adding Canvas Studio media assignment in a course
  • Grade media assignments in SpeedGrader
  • Using Studio as a student to submit assignments 

Access Canvas Studio


Canvas Studio is accessible through R-MC's Canvas subscription. Navigate to and login with your R-MC username and password.


Accessing Canvas Studio from your Global NavigationUser's Global Navigation includes Studio


We recommend instructors and students access Canvas Studio from their Global Navigation to create and edit screen capture, and to manage videos (including lecture capture, YouTube videos and uploaded videos) for their courses.

It is only from the Global Navigation that the instructor can create quizzes to videos in his/her Studio Library. Refer to tutorials (Text | Videoon adding quizzes.





Accessing Studio from the Course NavigationStudio in course navigation


In a Canvas course, Studio in the course navigation is only available to the Instructor. Students do not see the link. The course instructor can add and record new videos/screen captures for the course, which become part of his/her Studio library, accessible from the Global Navigation. The instructor cannot create quizzes to media from the course Studio link, but can embed in the course media with quizzes.





Embed Canvas Studio Media in a Course

The Course Instructor can embed Canvas Studio media to a course in the Rich Content Editors (E.g. Pages, Assignments, Discussions & Quizzes).  The student can also embed media from his/her Canvas Studio library when submitting assignments in a course. Detailed instruction is here

The screenshots below show how to embed a Studio video in the new RCE interface.
RCE (new version) embedding video


The Course Instructor can also embed Canvas Studio media into a course Module. When adding a module item, from the drop-down list select External Tool, and then select Canvas Studio. On the following screen, select the media from your Studio Library, and choose Standard Embed or Video Quiz Embed. Click Select or Save to finish the process.

embed Studio media in a module

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