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The Office of Teaching and Learning released a new version of the CourseMedia system on December 14th, 2017. While this release was mainly focused on backend work that will not be apparent to the user – we did find time to add a few features to this release:

  • Video Clip Editor: We now show the [CC] button when captions are available. Previously, this would only be displayed on playback.
  • Video Clip Editor: Allow instructors to define custom clip titles from the editor.
  • MMS ID: We now allow all users to see and use the MMS ID field. This is a unique identifier in the system that allows reference to a specific record.
  • Gallery Items: We now display the full title on mouseover.
  • Search Results: We now display the full title on mouseover.
  • System Announcement: This is a new feature which allows OTL to display an announcement to CourseMedia users within the system.
  • System Alert: Similar to the system announcement, this allows OTL to broadcast an immediate alert to CourseMedia users within the system and through Canvas.
  • Personal Images: Now include a “citation” field for users to cite the source of any personal image uploads.
  • Search: Links to course reserves will appear if no results are returned.
  • Legal: We’ve included verbiage about fair use and copyright where appropriate, along with resources for users.
  • Projection System: Updated to work along with changes in CourseMedia itself – and to work more consistently with external media services.
  • Responsive Display: Tweaked the logic behind responsive view adjustments for various screen sizes.

The OTL has updated our media playback modules within CourseMedia as of April the 4th, 2017.


Revised and updated tools include the Audio and Video playback components… and a complete revision of the video clip editor. All of these updated modules are available via Canvas and CourseMedia itself and include the following improvements:

  • JWPlayer core updated to version 7.10
  • All playback defaults to using Flash Player for improved media delivery (with fallback to native browser)
  • All 3 modules rewritten from basic HTML/CSS/JS and Angular2 to Vue.js 2
  • Video Playback now only shows the expanse of the clip constraints and not the full video duration
  • General improvements to Audio Playback module
  • Video Clip Editor completely rewritten to be much more visually usable
  • Video Clip Editor includes captions and subtitles for video titles (when available)
  • General tweaks and fixes

Here is a quick overview video from a Canvas perspective:

Over the past year or so, the Office of Teaching and Learning has been hard at work developing an entirely new version of the CourseMedia system to work alongside current solutions and services like the library catalog, subscribed content catalogs, and the Canvas learning management system. We’ve taken the core of the CourseMedia experience and have streamlined search and organization to make it easy for newcomers to use the system, while retaining the tried and true experience that faculty have come to rely upon within the core system in creating and managing galleries. In fact, all of your current content will be migrated into the new system at launch.

A single asset embedded within Canvas

One of the major changes in the new CourseMedia system is the tight integration with Canvas. All course and student data is now managed through Canvas itself against official enrollment data – as the official university LMS. This not only standardizes policies and procedures for course access, but also acts as a barrier against possible copyright issues through the tight integration of CourseMedia content within the managed course structure. Groups of galleries, single galleries, and even unique media items can be shared with students as standalone pieces of content, or even integrated into the Canvas system alongside quizzes, discussions, and everything else Canvas has to offer. Instructional designers at the OTL are here to assist you in implementing these possibilities!


Searching for cataloged content has become much more robust and streamlined thanks to tight integration with university library systems. The new search mechanisms are robust, powerful, and blazing fast. In addition to university cataloged content, faculty can also search through media subscriptions that the university has access to – greatly expanding the existing catalog of media items for use within a course! One example of this is the Kanopy, which offers more than 26,000 films globally. Subscription assets like this are fully integrated into regular search mechanics.


Of course, for the CourseMedia faculty who want to share video clips alongside other class materials, we now support the same tooling you may be used to from the old Canvas LTI – now integrated into the full CourseMedia system as well. This means that if you build a gallery with video clips – that these clips will be persistent and can be shared just like any other piece of content you’ve built within CourseMedia! Want to have your students view a video clip and then discuss it within Canvas? Perhaps you wish to construct a quiz based upon the students interpretation of a video clip? This is the sort of integration that is now possible.

Additionally, the new system is completely responsive and able to be viewed on any desktop or mobile device. Even streaming video is playable through native iOS and Android operating systems with the continued ability to stream across desktop browsers as well.

To help faculty prepare for the coming changes, we’ve prepared the following change matrix – subject to modification as we continue in developing the system:

If you have any questions or are interested in seeing and testing the new CourseMedia, please contact us to set up an appointment.

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