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I am an instructor. What is the Media Gallery tool in Canvas?
Posted by Anna Wright on 11 August 2015 09:16 AM

Note: These instructions are for faculty.

As of Fall 2015, if your course includes voice-over lectures, they will now be available in the Media Gallery tool. Each course has its own Media Gallery, which you can view by clicking on Media Gallery in the Course Navigation Menu on the left-hand side of your course.

Click on one of the following links for more information:


How do I view course lectures in my course in Canvas?

  1. To view your course lectures, click on Media Gallery in the Course Navigation Menu.
    Click on the Media Gallery tool
  2. Click on the thumbnail or title of a video to view it.

What is the Media Gallery tool?

The Media Gallery tool is an integration of Kaltura’s video tools right into your course in Canvas. Kaltura is a market-leading video platform integrated into our Canvas LMS. It puts all of your course lecture videos in one convenient place.


Benefits of the Media Gallery

  • Enhanced Video Analytics:
    • Instructors can easily access course-specific video analytic reports directly from the LMS. Learn which videos are most viewed, which users are most engaged and which users contributed the most content to your Media Gallery.
    • Engagement reports for instructors: Gain insight in to media usage in your course. Get answers to questions like:
      • Are students really watching the videos?
      • Which videos are they watching most?
      • Which students watch the videos?
      • Are students watching the entire length of the videos?
    • Summary reports: Total number of videos played, Total number of views, breakdown of % played through, storage, bandwidth, and more.
  • Optimal Playback: The Kaltura Player provides the optimal playback experience with adaptive bitrate technology.
  • Responsive Design: Automatically adjusts site layout to the screen size and device.
  • Accessibility: Kaltura Player is ADA/508 compliant by default.
  • Robustness and Stability: Kaltura’s state-of-the-art hosting facility has full redundancy, 99.9% uptime SLA, and built-in scalability.

Individual Lecture Links under Modules

Lectures will no longer be individually linked to under Modules. To view your course lectures, click on Media Gallery in the Course Navigation Menu.


Where are lecture PDF files located in my course?

Users can download lectures in PDF file format for printing and note-taking purposes (if included/available in your course) by doing the following:

  1. In your course in Canvas, click on Modules in the Course Navigation.
  2. In the Introduction Module, click on Download Lectures in PDF File Format.
    Click Download Lectures link
  3. A link to each PDF file will be listed.
  4. Click on the title of a PDF to view and download it.
    Click on the title of a PDF to view and download it

How to View Video Analytics

Instructors can easily access course-specific video analytic reports directly in the Media Gallery tool in your course in Canvas. To view analytics for your course lecture videos, do the following:

  1. In your course in Canvas, click on Media Gallery in the Course Navigation.
    Click on Media Gallery
  2. Click on the Actions button on the right-hand side, and click on Analytics.
    Click Edit and select Analytics
  3. The Media Gallery Analytics page is displayed showing the Analytics Dashboard.
  4. The Dashboard presents a summary of the available analytics. For example,
    1. Overall Numbers: An overall number of items watched and number of plays.
    2. Top Engaged Users: Who are the users who viewed most content.
    3. Top Contributors: Who are the users who contributed most content.
  5. The analytics page is composed of the following types of video analytics reports:
    1. Media Analytics Report:
      1. The Media Analytics Report lists all the content available in the course Media Gallery. For each video, the number of plays is displayed, total view time, average view time and the average drop-off rate.
      2. View Detailed Reports on Media:
        1. The Media Detailed Entry Report displays the list of all the users that viewed the selected video.
        2. From the Media Gallery Analytics page, click on the Media tab.
          Click on the Media tab
        3. A list of videos (i.e. Lecture 1, Lecture 2, etc.) will appear in a table. In the table, you can view the following information for each of the videos:
          View Detailed Media Report
          1. Plays in Channel: The number of times a user clicked "Play".
          2. Total Plays: How many plays in total for entries, regardless if they were played via the channel itself or as an example, from a browse and embed module.
          3. Total View Time: How many minutes were viewed in total.
          4. Average View Time: The average time calculated by dividing the minutes viewed by the number of views.
          5. Average Drop-off Percentage: The percentage of completed plays. The number of 100% play-throughs divided by the total number of plays.
        4. To view the Drop-Off Percentage for each user, click on the plus sign (+) next to a video (i.e. Lecture 1).
          Click Plus Sign
        5. A table will appear below it with a list of users and their corresponding Maximum Play-Through Percentage.
          Maximum Play Through
    2. Engagement Analytics Report:
      1. The engagement analytics report lists all the users enrolled to the course that have viewed at least one video from the Media Gallery. For each user, the total view time, average view time and average drop off rate are presented.
      2. View Detailed Reports on Engagement:
        1. The Engagement Detailed Entry Report displays the list of all the videos viewed by the selected user.
        2. From the Media Gallery Analytics page, click on the Engagement tab.
          Click on the Engagement Tab
        3. A list of users (i.e. Jane Doe) will appear in a table. In the table, you can view the following information for each user:
          Engagement Report
          1. Unique Videos: Sum of unique entries that had at least 1 player impression or 1 play in the given timeframe.
          2. Watched Videos: The number of times a user clicked "Play".
          3. Total View Time: How many minutes were viewed in total.
          4. Average View Time: The average time calculated by dividing the minutes viewed by the number of views.
          5. Average Drop-Off Percentage: The percentage of completed plays. The number of 100% play-throughs divided by the total number of plays.
          6. Total number of Loads: The number of times the video player was loaded.
          7. Loads to Plays Ratio: The number of plays divided by the number of impressions.
        4. To view the specific videos a user had watched and that user’s View Drop-Off percentage for each video he/she has watched, click on the plus sign (+) next to the user’s name.
          Click on the plus sign
        5. A table will appear below it with a list of videos (i.e. Lecture 1, Lecture 2, etc.) and the selected user’s View Drop-Off Percentage for each video.
          View Student's Drop Off Percentage

What should I do if I'm having trouble viewing lectures?

If you are experiencing issues viewing lectures in the Media Gallery, try using Google Chrome as your web browser. If you continue to experience any issues, please contact your assigned Instructional Designer or submit an online support ticket via the Rowan Online Portal immediately.


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