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How do I preview resources in Commons?

You can preview course and module content as well as document, image, video, and audio files before importing the resource into your Canvas course. In the search results, you can preview video and audio files for up to 10 seconds.

Notes:

  • To enable Commons in your Canvas instance, please contact your Customer Success Manager.
  • Commons is available in all Free for Teacher (FFT) accounts. Free for Teacher users are limited to finding, importing, and sharing public resources.
  • Resources can be opened in a new tab by pressing Command (Mac) or Control (PC) while clicking the resource name in the Search page, or, by right clicking the name of the resource.

Find Resource

Locate a resource by using the search field [1] or filter options [2,3,4]. Learn more about searching in commons.

Open Course

Open Course

To preview a course, click the course tile.

Preview Course Content

In the course details page, you can preview the various learning activities within the course. The left sidebar shows course content included in a resource. For example, a course may contain assignments, discussions, quizzes, and version notes [1]. To download the file to your computer, click the Download link [2].

Note: If a course does not contain a particular learning activity (e.g. quizzes), it will not be included in the course details.

Open Module

Open Module

To preview a module, click the module tile.

Preview Module Content

Preview Module Content

In the module details page, you can preview items in the module. You can view the item title, type of learning activity (assignment, discussion, quiz, page, etc.) [1], and point value [2].

Open Image or Document File

Open Image or Document File

In the search results page, click the image [1] or document [2] file you want to preview.

Note: Some image thumbnails are cropped automatically.

Preview Document File

In the resource details page, you can view the document [1] before importing it into your course. You can view the document type [2] and file size [3]. To download the file to your computer, click the Download link [4]. Learn about supported file types in Commons.

To import the document, click the Import into Course button.

Preview Image File

In the resource details page, you can view the image [1] before importing it into your course. You can view the image type [2] and file size [3]. To download the file to your computer, click the Download link [4]. Learn about supported file types in Commons.

To import the image, click the Import into Course button.

Open Video or Audio File

Open Video or Audio File

On the search results page, you can preview video and audio files (up to 10 seconds). To preview a video, hover your cursor over the video thumbnail [1]; the video preview will play automatically.  Audio is not available when previewing a video. To view the full video with audio, click the video resource. To listen to a preview of an audio file, click the Play icon [2].

Preview Video File

In the resource details page, you can view the full video [1] before importing it into your course. You can view the video type [2], duration [3], and file size [4]. To download the file to your computer, click the Download link [5]. Learn about supported file types in Commons.

To import the video, click the Import into Course button.

Preview Audio File

In the resource details page, you can listen to the full audio file [1] before importing it into your course. You can view the audio type [2], duration [3], and file size [4]. To download the file to your computer, click the Download link [5]. Learn about supported file types in Commons.

To import the audio file, click the Import into Course button.