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How Do I Create a Video Assignment in bCourses?


4.0 - Updated on 2020-07-02 by Miles Lincoln

3.0 - Updated on 2020-07-02 by Miles Lincoln

2.0 - Updated on 2020-07-01 by Noah Wittman

1.0 - Authored on 2020-06-22 by Noah Wittman

It’s easy to create a bCourses assignment, where students submit a video directly to the instructor or share with the class. Examples of assignments using student video include class introductions, (individual or group) student presentations, interview assignments or role-playing.


Option 1: Creating a bCourses Assignment (Assignment Goes to Instructor Only)

Using the Canvas Assignment tool, you set up the assignment as you would any other assignment just making sure to set the Submission Type to Text Entry. Even though Media Recording and File Upload seem like more obvious options, using Text Entry (see image below), allows students to use Kaltura to submit their video which will create a better experience for you when you are grading them. 

Quiz Submission Type options with Text Entry checkbox selected


Instructions: Please submit a 30-60 second video explaining your research project. To upload your video, click on "More External Tools" button in the Rich Content Editor and select "Kaltura Video Submission." For more guidance, please reference this documentation:

Provide instructions in the Assignment Details field (see screenshot above):

"Instructions: To upload your video, click on "More External Tools" button in the Rich Content Editor and select "Kaltura Video Submission." For more guidance, please reference this documentation:"

Note: for graded or high stakes assignments, you should specify that students use the “Kaltura Video Submission” when embedding media, which creates a non-editable copy of the file at the time of submission. 


Kaltura Video Submission highlighted in External Tools Button  menu

For assignments where students will be sharing media with each other, you might direct students to submit files to the Media Gallery or use bCourses Discussions. 

For more information about creating Assignments, please see vendor documentation for Assignments:


Option 2: Media Gallery Submission (Assignment Shared with Peers)

If you have not already done so, the first step is to enable Kaltura Media Gallery in your course navigation: See Add My Media or Media Gallery to Your bCourses Site.

To use Kaltura Media Gallery, you would create an assignment in the Assignment tool with the submission type being “no submission” and provide instructions for students to submit their video by sharing it with the course Kaltura Media Gallery. 

The instructions should include the specific naming convention you would like students to use for their video (i.e. their name, the assignment name, etc.) and anything that you would like them to add to the video description (i.e. anything that you would normally have them add in a discussion post).

In Media Gallery, both commenting and content moderation is enabled by default. If you do not want to manually approve every video added to the Media Gallery, you will want to disable the moderation setting. You can edit both the content moderation and the comments settings in Media Gallery by clicking on the Channel Actions button at the top right of the Media Gallery page and choosing “Edit”. 


"Edit"selected in Media Gallery Channel Actions menu


Option 3: Using bCourses Discussions (Assignment Shared with Peers)

To use the Discussion tool, you can create the assignment just as you would for any other discussion. Ask students to embed video following these instructions: Embed Kaltura Media in bCourses Using the Rich Content Editor


Comparison of bCourses Tools for Classroom Media Sharing & Peer Engagement




Media Gallery

  • No additional setup
  • Comments at specific points within video
  • No Speedgrader review of student comments


  • Additional Setup Required
  • Can take a while to load, especially if there are multiple embedded videos