Video Annotation Tool for Canvas

Available to users in the School of Communication, Arc is a video platform powered by Canvas that gives you a private video channel for use in your Canvas courses. Arc videos can be discussed and analyzed with comments made directly into the video.



Northwestern IT will retire Arc at the conclusion of the Fall 2018 Quarter. Arc users in the School of Communication may continue to use the platform as the school has established a separate contract to continue the service for their graduate and professional programs.

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Key Features & Benefits 

Arc is an online video platform that lets students and instructors engage with video content by commenting directly on the video timeline (in real time). Students can learn from each other’s insights as well as from the instructor's direction and feedback.

Arc's asset management automatically organizes your videos, so students and instructors alike can find the content they need easily. Its analytics allow instructors and administrators to quickly and easily analyze which videos students are watching, how long they are watching, and when they stop watching. This information allows instructors to optimize videos to communicate critical information more effectively and monitor student behavior.