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Embedding Library Resources in Canvas: Films on Demand

This guide is designed for LAVC faculty interested in adding Library resources into their Canvas courses

What is Films on Demand?


Films on Demand (FoD) is a database of more than 40,000 films, covering a wide range of curricular subjects, including history, biology, business and economics, engineering, computer science, technical and trade skills, art and architecture, music and dance, philosophy and religion, geography, environmental science, anthropology, language and literature, mathematics, psychology, sociology, political science, and more. Producers include A&E, PBS, BBC Learning, National Geographic, ABC News, NBC News, CNBC, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, HBO Documentary Films, PBS NewsHour, Open University, Bill Moyers, California Newsreel, Annenberg Learner, TED, Films for the Humanities & Sciences, and more.

Like all of our databases, FoD can be accessed from the Library's A-Z list. From off-campus, accessing and searching FoD this way requires a login for both faculty and students. FoD's integration with Canvas, however, is seamless and requires no additional login. Read on to learn how to add FoD videos directly to your Canvas course for easy student access.

Adding FoD videos to Canvas

FoD videos can be added directly to any Canvas page from your Rich Content Editor window. Use the Canvas app icon and scroll down to "Films on Demand."

Canvas app iconFilms on Demand

Next, enter your keywords or title. Notice that you can apply filters to your search. If you find a result that you want to embed, click the "Embed" button and choose a size (we find that "medium" works well in Canvas).

choose an embed size


The video will embed automatically. Save your content...

embedded video

...and be sure to publish!


publish button

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