Canvas How-To: Video Discussions with Flipgrid

Flipgrid in Canvas

Flipgrid logoFlipgrid is a free video discussion tool that allows for threaded video-based discussions in your Canvas course.

Flipgrid vs. VoiceThread: Which to Choose?

Flipgrid and VoiceThread are both video-based tools, so it can be hard to know which one to use. Both tools have strengths and weaknesses for any given activity. Read on for information that will clarify which tool is right for your activity.

Overall consideration: Will your activity benefit from the ability to use multiple slides?

Choose Flipgrid when:

  • You want students to engage with a single topic or question using video replies instead of typed text.
  • You want students to be able to edit their video posts before submitting.
  • You want to grade student posts using Canvas's SpeedGrader tool.

Choose VoiceThread when:

  • You want students to have a web discussion using a set of multiple topics they can choose from.
  • You want students to contribute media to a common presentation.
  • You want students to create and narrate a multi-slide presentation from scratch.
  • You don't need to use GradeCenter to grade student work in the activity.

Features of both tools:

  • Moderation/hiding of student posts
  • Ability for students to upload media content as part of their engagement in an activity
  • Recording direct replies to specific posts
  • Incorporate a wide range of media documents, videos, files, etc. into an activity
  • Automatic closed captions on all posts (feature must be enabled in each Flipgrid grid)


  • Canvas Access Control - Only students in your Canvas course can access your connected Grids. 
    • Students can still join on mobile but must start within the Canvas app.
  • SpeedGrader - Add a Flipgrid Topic for your Canvas Assignment. Student videos automatically show up in Speedgrader.
  • BYOD Anywhere, Anytime - As long as students click the green + within Canvas, they can record using any computer or using one of the free Flipgrid iOS and Android apps.
  • Students do not need FlipGrid accounts; only instructors do.

NOTE: Flipgrid recordings cannot be made in the Safari browser. Try Chrome, Firefox, or Edge.

Enabling Flipgrid in a Canvas Course

Part I – Create Flipgrid Account & Grid

  1. - Flipgrid accounts are completely free!
  2. Create a new "grid" to hold all the discussion activities you will do in a specific course.

Part II – Connect Grid to Canvas Course

Please read the How to integrate Flipgrid tutorial to learn how to link your new grid with your Canvas course. This is necessary to enable your Flipgrid topics to be viewable by your students.

Part III – Use Flipgrid

Use as a graded assignment by specifying Flipgrid as the External Tool submission type in a Canvas Assignment.

  1. In a Canvas course, create a new assignment
  2. Specify External Tool as the Submission Type for the assignment
  3. Find and click FlipGrid in the list of available tools.
  4. Recommended: check the box to open the link in a new tab
  5. Click Save
  6. Click the newly added assignment link (and click to open the new tab if necessary)
  7. Record your prompt video for the Topic or add a piece of media as the prompt
  8. In the Actions menu for the Topic, click "Edit Topic"
  9. Change any of the settings for the topic to match the kind of experience you need.

Flipgrid Support Resources

Flipgrid is a video discussion tool that is supported by Flipgrid's tech support. Please see the instructions and support below.