Use the Video Bridge LTI in Canvas

The Video Bridge LTI is an external tool that can be added to any Indiana University Canvas course by the instructor. The Video Bridge tool provides a seamless videoconferencing experience for your students and site members, allowing you to connect with students in your virtual meeting room at any time from your Canvas course page. You may also invite guest participants not enrolled in your Canvas course.

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For instructors

Add the Video Bridge tool to your course

The Video Bridge tool is available to all IU Canvas courses, but is hidden by default.

To add a hidden tool to your course navigation menu:

  1. In your course navigation menu, click Settings.
  2. On the Navigation tab, in the list of hidden tools (under "Drag items here to hide them from students"), find the desired tool, and then click the corresponding Settings (gear) icon.

    To add the desired tool, click the corresponding gear icon, select 'Enable', and then click 'Save'.

  3. Select Enable and, if desired, drag and drop the enabled tool to change its position in the tool list.
  4. Click Save.

Create and connect to a virtual meeting room

After you've added the Video Bridge tool to your course, to create and connect to a virtual meeting room (VMR) for your course:

  1. In the course navigation bar, click Video Bridge.
  2. To create your course's VMR, click Create.
    If you create a VMR using the Video Bridge tool in Canvas, you will not be able to view or manage that VMR using the Bridge tool in One.IU (available at
  3. To connect to the VMR, in the course navigation bar, click Video Bridge, and then select Connect.

Control meeting room settings

Use the Manage button to control VMR settings (e.g., add/edit/remove the host PIN, enable or disable entry or exit tones, view and send connection instructions for guest participants). Collaboration Technologies recommends that you do not make changes during an active meeting session.

By default, students or invited guests see a "Waiting for Host" screen until a course instructor, co-instructor, or TA connects to the meeting. If you use the Manage button to remove the meeting room host PIN, students or guests who connect will be able to see and hear each other without an instructor or TA present. Alternatively, you can share the host PIN with a student or guest, who can input the PIN at the "Waiting for Host" screen to activate the meeting audio and video.

Record meeting sessions

Indiana University's iStream service has reached end of life and is being retired; it has been replaced by Zoom and Kaltura. If you use the iStream service, UITS encourages you to move to Zoom or Kaltura as soon as possible.

You can record Video Bridge meeting sessions using iStream; for more about this service, see About iStream at IU. To request recording, complete the appropriate web form for either a one-time event or a recurring event. In your comments, be sure to indicate that you are using the Canvas Video Bridge tool. Collaboration Technologies recommends that you submit your request at least one week in advance.

For students

Your instructor must enable the Video Bridge tool before you can connect to your course's virtual meeting room (VMR). Once the tool is enabled, to access the room:

  1. In the course navigation bar, click Video Bridge.
  2. Click Connect.

    You may see a "Waiting for Host" screen until an instructor or TA connects.

From the connection window, you may also choose to place an automated test call to check that your camera and microphone are working properly, or get more help by connecting with a live technician at UITS Classroom & Conferencing Support.

Get help

For help with the Video Bridge tool or with videoconferencing at IU, contact UITS Classroom & Conferencing Support (, 812-856-2020, Skype for Business/Lync: cthelp).

For help with Canvas, see About Canvas at IU.

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Last modified on 2018-04-13 16:28:45.

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