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NREL/ESS Helpdesk- Remote Teaching

This page has information on Canvas resource, embedding Echo360 & Stream (Zoom Cloud) videos to Canvas.

Equipment you should consider

  • A good camera.  If you are using a laptop you might want to consider a webcam.
    Logitech c920 Pro is an excellent choice.  $63.80 (CDW on Kuali)
  • A decent headset. This will keep your volume consistent and reduce feedback.
    Sennheiser SC 60 $37.39 (CDW on Kuali)


  • Avoid windows or lights in your background.  If possible put lights in front of the camera or use overhead lighting.
  • Test your sound levels and make adjustments on your computer if necessary
  • Use Canvas for documents and archived lectures.  This will enable all your students access to class materials

Canvas Resources- Canvas is used by the University for managing classes.  Below are some helpful links to Canvas resources.

CSU’s Canvas help page

Canvas help pages

Canvas tutorial videos from Liberal Arts

Canvas Coordinators across campus

Adding TA’s to your Canvas Class

Recording and posting lectures

You will want to post all of your recorded lectures on Canvas.  The problem is the amount of space on Canvas available to each class is limited (you may only be able to post 3-4 lectures before running out of space.  The best way around this is to embed a video from Echo360 or Microsft Stream into your class canvas site. See below for links.

Embedding Echo360 video into Canvas

Echo360 Universal Capture is available to all instructors and faculty for recording lectures.  It is very well integrated with CSU’s Canvas system and will allow you to achieve your lectures for use in the future. This is excellent for pre-recorded classes and has many options.  As of now, I don’t know how well this works with Live classrooms. More to come.

You will download the Echo360 Universal Capture software to your computer.  Start the Capture software and then begin your presentation. Then embed the Echo360 video link to your class Canvas page (it might even do it automatically).  There are excellent tutorials available below.

Echo360 Universal Capture Intro and How to get it

Integrating Echo 360 into Canvas

Echo360 Help page

Embedding Steam video (Zoom) into Canvas

This will work with your Zoom recorded classes (either prerecorded or live) and video from any other platform that you use or already have.  If you do record Zoom lectures or meetings I recommend that you setup your meeting link to automatically record it to the Zoom cloud (this is a setting you can choose when you setup the meeting).  If you record any Zoom meeting to your local computer be aware that it can take a long time after the meeting to process the video on your local computer.

Zoom does a great job of recording your lectures/meetings.  Recordings can either be to your local desktop or to the Zoom cloud.  If possible I would avoid the local desktop recording. These can take a long time to process after the meeting is over (on your computer) and therefore can get lost. If you record your Zoom lecture I highly recommend the Zoom cloud recording.  There are space limitations on your Zoom account so you will need to manage that space.

In order to deal with the Zoom and Canvas limitations, we can upload videos to Microsoft Stream.  Stream is a video hosting application that is included in our campus-wide Office license. Essentially this will involve downloading your Zoom cloud recording to your laptop, uploading the video to Stream, then embedding the stream link to your Canvas page.

ACNS page on uploading videos to Stream

ACNS page on inserting Stream videos into Canvas
(These instructions are about sharing a Teams video into Canvas. If you upload your Zoom video into Stream, see above link, the process is the same)

Also here is our version of these instructions to insert a video (from the Zoom cloud) into Canvas.

– Go to https://zoom.us and login into your account
– Go to the Recordings section of Zoom
– For your recording go to the “More” button and select “Download”.  If multiple files are downloaded you will only need the file with the mp4 extension.
– Next we will upload the video to your Microsoft STREAM account.
– Go to the Microsoft Portal  https://portal.office.com
– The click on the “Stream” app or click on the “All apps” link if you do not see the “Stream” app.
– From the top menu click on “Videos” link from the “My content” menu item.
– On the top left you will see and upward arrow.  This is the “Upload Video” link.  Click on this.
– Once the video is uploaded, click on the pencil on right side of the video you just uploaded.
– In the middle of this screen is the “Permissions” section.  In general click on the “Allow everyone in your company to view this video” check box.  You can also select specific people or groups that you belong to as an alternative permission.
– Go back to “Videos” link from the “My content” menu item.
– Click on the three dots on the right side of the video you want to share and select “share”
– To embed videos into Canvas classes I recommend you pick the “Embed” option at the top of the menu.
– The copy the html in the “Copy embed code” box.  For video size start with 640×360 to embed in Canvas.
– Log into your Canvas account https://canvas.colostate.edu/
– You can embed the copied html code into any page in Canvas. Below is one way to do this.
– Click on the “Modules” item from the left menu.
– Then click on the “+Module” to add a module to your class site.  You will then name the module.  If you have an existing module you can use that as well.
– Then click on the “+” to add an item to your module
– Right after the “Add” text select the “page” option and then [ New Page ] from the list below, then name the Video when prompted. Then click “Add Item”
– Then click on the new item that you have created and press the “Edit” button.
– On the upper right click on the “HTML Editor” link.
– Insert the shared link that you copied from the Microsoft STREAM site.
– Don’t forget to click on the “Save” or “Save and Publish” button.
– Your video is not embed into your Canvas site.