Canvas Course Storage Considerations

When teaching with Canvas, it is important to understand that your college has set a maximum storage size for your courses. When you upload content and save it to a Canvas file folder (docs, presentations, images, and video files) it counts against that storage size.

If you have questions about the maximum storage size of your course, contact Online Learning Pathways.

Best Practice for effectively managing your Canvas Storage:

  • If you reach your max storage capacity in Canvas, it is likely the result of loading video files into Canvas. Video files can be huge and will likely use up your storage quickly. But there’s an easy fix!
  • Instead of uploading big video files (like Zoom class recordings) directly into Canvas:
    1. Link to a ConferZoom cloud recording, or...
    2. Upload each video file to external hosting service, where they can also be captioned,and then embed each video into your course (on a Page, Assignment, Discussion, or Announcement) by pasting a web link to the video.

Video Hosting Service OPtions

  • Canvas Studio
    • Built into Canvas
    • Offers video storage
    • Offers inline quizzing
    • Student viewing metrics can be added
  • 3C Media Solutions
    • A homegrown CCC supported hosting service from TechConnect
    • Requires a 3C Media account to upload videos
    • Videos can be shared as Unlisted or Public
    • Instructional videos in support of distance education are captioned upon request (contingent upon funding)
  • YouTube
    • A free, popular service from Google
    • Requires a Google account to upload videos
    • Videos can be shared as Unlisted or Public
    • Auto-captions can be edited for accuracy