Part 5: Spring 2017 Labs

57 Embedded Content with Evan Nelson — 02.10.2017

The February 10, 2017 Active Teaching Lab explored strategies for embedding and organizing content in Canvas. Evan Nelson shared how he uses various tools to embed content within his Canvas course to help his students find everything they need in one place.


  • Embed content from external resources will make it appear as though the content exists within your Canvas course rather than sending students to countless sites outside of Canvas or asking them to download file after file.
  • Embedding content is user-friendly and helps student attention to course material.
  • Turn your course content into user-friendly pages complete with embedded content.
  • YouTube, Kaltura, GoogleDocs, Box files, external webpages and more — all can be embedded effortlessly by instructor.
  • Consider using modules as your central course navigation and homepage for a nice, outlined look in your course.
  • View the session’s activity sheet for additional support materials.

Active Teaching Labs are held every Friday from 8:45-9:45am (and every other Monday from 12:30pm-1:30pm, see events calendar for dates) in room 120, Middleton Building. Check out the upcoming labs or read the recaps from past labs — or see them all in one place in our new  Active Teaching Lab eJournal ( To stay informed about upcoming Labs, check back to this website or sign up for regular announcements by sending an email to

UW-Madison is transitioning to Canvas as a single, centrally supported LMS, and will discontinue support for D2L and Moodle by 2018. Visit for information and resources.

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