You can preview resources in Commons before importing the resource into your Canvas course. In the search results, you can preview video and audio files for up to 10 seconds. Learn about supported file types in Commons.
- To enable Commons in your Canvas instance, please contact your Customer Success Manager.
- Commons is available in all Free for Teacher (FFT) accounts. Free for Teacher users are limited to finding, importing, and sharing public resources.
- Resources can be opened in a new tab by pressing Command (Mac) or Control (PC) while clicking the resource name in the Search page, or, by right clicking the name of the resource.
- The Resource Previews feature is currently an optional feature and must be enabled by an administrator in Commons. If your institution has not enabled Resource Previews, the resource details page may look different.
Locate a resource by using the search field .
You can sort resources by Most Relevant, Latest, Most Favorited, or Most Downloaded .
You can also filter search results . Learn more about searching in Commons.
To preview a course, click the course title.
In the course details page, you can preview the various learning activities within the course. To preview course content, click a section in the sidebar . Content is listed in the preview area . Each content item displays the content type icon  and the published status icon . If applicable, points possible are also shown .
To preview a content item, click the item title 
To download the file to your computer, click the Import/Download button .
Note: If a course does not contain a particular learning activity (e.g. quizzes), it will not be included in the course details.
To preview a module, click the module title.
In the module details page, you can preview items in the module. To preview module content, click a section in the sidebar . Content is listed in the preview area . Each content item displays the content type icon  and the published status icon .
To preview a content item, click the item title .
Open Document or Image
In the search results page, click the title of the document  or image  you want to preview.
Note: Some image thumbnails are cropped automatically.
Open Media File
In the search results page, you can preview video and audio files (up to 10 seconds). To preview a video, hover your cursor over the video thumbnail ; the video preview will play automatically. Audio is not available when previewing a video. To view the full video with audio, click the video resource title . To listen to a preview of an audio file, click the Play icon .