LinkedIn Learning: Adding Content to Canvas

LinkedIn Learning is a professionally curated video library with courses in leadership, professional development, creative media, and information technology. Its courses are designed for in-depth and just-in-time instruction at various skill levels. LinkedIn Learning has a light weight integration with Canvas allowing you to bring in already published content available in LinkedIn Learning into Canvas as an assignment or as content in a module. All courses in Canvas can take advantage of the integration, including "Project Sites."

Instructors will not be able to see if someone has completed the content in LinkedIn Learning, so it is recommended this content is brought in as supplemental material to a course.

Anyone with a Yale NetID can take advantage of the content hosted in LinkedIn Learning with or without the Canvas integration, but it is important to note that only NetID holders will be able to follow URLs posted in Canvas, meaning that guest students from other institutions that have been added with guest accounts to Canvas will not be able to access and view the LinkedIn Learning content.

Requesting Sub Admin Access for LinkedIn Learning

You must have a Sub Admin level role in LinkedIn Learning in order to integrate content from LinkedIn Learning into Canvas.  

  1. Activate your in LinkedIn Learning account if it is not already activated by visiting the following page on the Yale HR website: https://your.yale.edu/work-yale/learn-and-grow/online-learning
  2. Click the "Visit LinkedIn Learning" button to open LinkedIn Learning in your browser.
  3. After your account has been activated, please email askpoorvucenter@yale.edu requesting Sub Admin Access to LinkedIn Learning.

Finding LinkedIn Learning Content

You must be in the Admin Dashboard of LinkedIn Learning in order to find the Single Sign On (SSO) URLs necessary to bring the content you are interested in into Canvas. 

  1. Log into LinkedIn Learning with your NetID and password, and click on the "Go To Admin" button in the top-right of the top navigation bar.
    1. You must have the Sub Admin level role in LinkedIn Learning to see this button.
  1. Your top navigation bar will turn Blue when you are in the Admin Dashboard view, and you will be able to use the center search bar to search and find the content you wish to bring into Canvas.
  1. On the Video, Course or Learning Path you want to add to Canvas, click the "More" button to open the menu and select the "Get SSO URL" to copy the specific URL to send your students to the correct piece of content.

You will also be able to create your own Collections and Learning Paths with the content you find in LinkedIn Learning, but it is important to note that everything in LinkedIn Learning, including Collections or Learning Paths are available to ANYONE at Yale with a NetID, and not just to your class.

  • Create a Learning Path if you want to curate videos, courses and custom content on a specific topic or job function for learners to explore in sequential order.
  • Create a Collection if you want to curate videos, courses and custom content on a specific topic or job function for learners to explore in any order.

Adding LinkedIn Learning Content to Canvas

LinkedIn Learning content can be brought into Canvas Assignments or Modules. You can add a link to a LinkedIn Learning Video, Course, Learning Path or Collection.

Adding to an Assignment

The benefits of adding LinkedIn Learning Content into Canvas as an assignment are to give your students due dates, and/or to make the content visible only to specific people or sections.

No data passes back and forth between Canvas and LinkedIn Learning content to track the completion status of watching video content.

When setting up the Canvas Assignment item, the assignment cannot be set to "Not Graded" as then the "Submission Type" selection box is not available. The "Submission Type" selection box is necessary for the proper set-up of adding LinkedIn Learning content to a Canvas Assignment item.

You may want to consider setting up the assignment as a complete / incomplete grading type instead of the other graded options.

  1. Start by setting up your assignment following the Creating an Assignment instructions, but under the "Submission Type" area select the "External Tool" option from the drop down.
  2. Paste the LinkedIn Learning content's SSO URL into the External Tool URL box.
    1. Check the "Load This Tool In A New Tab" option as well.
  3. Continue setting up the assignment as usual.

Adding to a Module

The benefit of adding LinkedIn Learning Content to Canvas through Modules is that since it cannot be verified complete as an assignment through LinkedIn Learning, adding it to the Modules can help keep your gradebook from getting cluttered with columns for assignments you may not otherwise grade.

  1. In the Modules section of your course, click the "Add Item To..." button for a module to open the item picker and select the "External Tool" option from the drop down menu.
  1. In the "URL" box paste in the SSO URL that you copied from the LinkedIn Learning site.
  2. Provide the LinkedIn Learning content name in the "Page Name" box.
  3. Check "Load in new tab" box and click the "Add Item" button when done.  

Additional Resources:

For more help, please contact canvas@yale.edu.