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Incorporate LinkedIn Learning Into Canvas Classes

Last updated on May 9, 2024

Are you looking to enhance your students’ learning experiences, help those who need remediation, or provide your learners with strong supplemental learning materials? One of the best ways to do so is by incorporating LinkedIn Learning videos and courses into your class. 

LinkedIn Learning is a powerful online learning platform with thousands of engaging, high quality video-based courses that cover a wide variety of domains including business, technology, creative skills and much more.  All MSUD faculty and students have unlimited access to LinkedIn Learning videos and courses. Specific instructions on how you can add LinkedIn Learning resources are located later in this article.  

There are many ways to incorporate LinkedIn Learning videos into your courses. You can add them to the class as graded assignments, or you can add them as a part of a module. You may embed a video inside the Rich Content Editor of any section of the class, or you may link to the entire course and ask students to view certain videos.

Best Practices

Why should I use this?

  • Encourage learning beyond the classroom. LinkedIn Learning is a powerful way to augment your classes and guide learners to dive deeper into subjects.
  • Help your students who need remediation. Sharing extra videos about a topic is easy enough to do and it can make a big difference to a struggling student afraid to ask questions. Since each LinkedIn course is broken down into short videos, students can watch those bite-sized videos anytime, anywhere without getting overwhelmed. It makes it easy to locate the video that covers the exact piece of information they need to understand without the need to go through long tutorials or lectures.  
  • Improve the learning experience of your students by adding engaging content. If you started teaching a new course and did not have enough time to create your video contents, you can integrate some LinkedIn Learning videos/courses into your class to add life to your content and make it more engaging. However, we highly recommend replacing those videos with your own content when you have the time.
  • Help your students learn new skills, tools, coding languages or software. If your class includes or requires learning any of those, LinkedIn Learning can help your students learn and practice new skills. The platform has courses which reinforce new knowledge with quizzes, exercises and coding practice windows. 
  • Help your students stand out in the labor market. You can add a recommendation list of related courses/certificates for your students to take which can help them get better job opportunities afterwards.  

When should I set this up? 

  • It is recommended to start planning to incorporate LinkedIn Learning videos into your course during the planning stage of your course building process. 
  • You will need to search the platform and find the videos you would like to add to your class.  
  • You should decide on where and how to incorporate those into your course content before start building the course.

When should I not use this? 

  • You should not incorporate LinkedIn Learning into your class if you cannot find a video or a course that supplements your content or supports your class’s objective goals.
  • All of the course content that students must work through should align with the course’s learning objectives. If there is a LinkedIn Learning course that is tangential to the course content but would be helpful as students continue their education, let them know about it but be clear that it is optional.
  • You should not use LinkedIn Learning material instead of creating your own. Your expertise in your field is valuable to learners and should be front and center in the course. Instructor presence is essential to the course and the learners.

Let’s walk through it together


Link to a LinkedIn Learning Video/Course

  1. Go to MSU Denver’s Faculty and Staff Hub. 
  2. Click LinkedIn Learning in the Teaching & Learning section. 
  3. Log in if prompted to do so. 
  4. Navigate to the Video/Course you wish to share. 
  5. Click the Arrow icon in the upper-right corner of one of the course’s videos. 
  6. Select Link
  7. Click Copy.
  8. Open a Canvas Course.
  9. Click Modules in the course navigation menu on the left. 
  10. Click on the name of the Item (i.e. page, assignment, discussion, etc.) where you will be adding the course link.
  11. Click Edit.
  12. Type the Name of the course under the page title. 
  13. Type Instructions for your students, as needed. If you are sharing a whole course, you may wish to direct the students to only watch a few of the course’s videos. 
  14. Click the Link icon in the toolbar. 
  15. Paste the Link that you copied earlier into the Link field.
  16. Click Done
  17. Click Save.

Link to a Collection 

LinkedIn Learning gives you the option to create your own collections. A collection is an easy and organized way to select specific videos that align with your course objectives and put them in one place.  Then, you will be able to share the link to that collection with your students. You can create as many collections as you would like that fit the learning goals of your courses.

Create a collection in LinkedIn Learning 
  1. Log in to LinkedIn Learning account from the teaching & learning Section of MSU Denver’s Faculty and Staff Hub. 
  2. Click My Learning from the main menu on the top. 
  3. Click My Library tab, if not already in it. 
  4. Click My Collections from the left side menu. 
  5. Click Create New Collection on the right-hand corner. 
  6. Enter Title and Description (if desired). 
  7. Click Create
Add Video/Courses to the Collection
  1. Navigate to the Video/course you wish to add to your collection.
  2. Click on The (+)  icon on the right-hand corner to add the video to your collection.
  3. Click on the Add button in front of the collection you created, or you can create a new collection and add the video to it.
Copy the Collection Link
  1. Click on the Collection name you want to share.
  2. Click on the Share button on the right hand corner.
  3. Select Metro State University of Denver from the drop down menu.
  4. Copy the link.
Add the Collection Link to Canvas

Please, follow the same steps of  “add the course link to a Canvas page” above.

Embed a LinkedIn Learning Video 

The embed option is only available if you have connected your LinkedIn Profile to your LinkedIn Learning account. You do not have to do this; you can simply link to the video as stated above. 

First, copy the embedded code of the video you wish to share
  1. Go to MSU Denver’s Faculty and Staff Hub. 
  2. Click LinkedIn Learning in the Teaching & Learning section(Log in If prompted to do so).
  3. Click on the Me icon on the top right-hand corner of LinkedIn Learning. 
  4. Click Settings from the drop-down menu. 
  5. Click Connect my account the last options at the bottom of the page.
  6. Log into your profile account if prompted to do so. 
  7. Click Accept and Continue As…. Now, your accounts are connected.
  8. Navigate to the Video you wish to share. 
  9. Click the Arrow icon in the upper-right corner of the video. 
  10. Select Embed. 
  11. Click the blue Copy Code button.
Next, embed the video within the Canvas course

You can embed the video within different sections of Canvas as you wish; pages, assignments, discussions, or quizzes. All these sections can be set up as graded or ungraded items except the pages. 

  1. Go to MSU Denver’s Faculty and Staff Hub. 
  2. Click Canvas in the Teaching & Learning section. 
  3. Log in to your Canvas Account if prompted to do so. 
  4. Select the Course you’d like to work on. 
  5. Click Modules in the course navigation menu on the left. 
  6. Click the Name of the section where you will be embedding the video. 
  7. Click Edit. 
  8. Click the Embed cloud Icon from the tool bar.
    • Note: If you can’t locate the Embed icon, click the More Options Menu (three vertical dots) to view more options. 
  9. Click within the Embed Code text box
  10. Paste the Embed Code that you copied earlier into the box (you can use control+V on a PC or command+V on a Mac). 
  11. Click Submit. 
  12. Click Save