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Faculty Guide for Access

About Kanopy

Kanopy is a streaming educational video database featuring award-winning collections including titles from PBS, BBC, Criterion Collection, Media Education Foundation and more. Note: users must register with Kanopy to stream content.

We license films from Kanopy via faculty request only. If you find a film you'd like to show for your class, please follow the instructions in this guide to request access.

Kanopy Access

Kanopy must be searched at (it is not currently available as an application inside of Canvas). Videos can be embedded inside of Canvas using the embed code generated by Kanopy, but will still require a login. A few important things to know:

  • Off-campus access to Kanopy requires a Library login. Students get these automatically. Faculty and staff log in with the same LAVC Credentials you use for your office computer and wi-fi on campus (which are different from how you log into your work email, Canvas, etc.) If you have previously requested a Library login from us, it should continue to work. Please review this FAQ if you need further assistance.
  • Kanopy requires its own login (separate from an LAVC Library login). Once you're inside the Kanopy platform, you will be prompted to create an account before you can stream a video, which can be associated with any email address you like. It's free for LAVC students and faculty, but separate from your Library login (the latter is associated with the College). Even if you logged into the Library, you still need to log into Kanopy. 
  • If you add a Kanopy video to your Canvas shell with an embed code, students will still be required to login with a Kanopy account (though no Library login required) before they can stream.

Using Kanopy for the First Time

1) First, click the red "log in to LAVC" button:

Kanopy login


2) You must show that you're affiliated with LAVC to gain access to Kanopy. Click "Log in to LAVC" (again): 

 Kanopy - log in to LAVC

3) Now you must enter your Library login. Please review our FAQ if you don't know your Library Login.

4) Now you'll need to create a Kanopy account if you haven't already. You can use any email you like.

Requesting a Film

Kanopy's search results are limited to titles that are currently licensed by the LAVC Library. Since we have few titles, your results will probably look like this:

Kanopy results - request a video

Turn your attention to the videos you can request. Click on a title and complete the form.

Kanopy request form

An LAVC librarian will follow up with you within two business days.

Access For Your Students

If we're able to fulfill your request, you may provide your students with a link or embed the film inside Canvas. Both a link and embed code can be found by clicking the "share" icon:

Kanopy share icon

As mentioned previously, both options require logins. Videos embedded inside Canvas will look like this:

Kanopy in Canvas

If they have not previously created a Kanopy account, your students will still need to either login or sign up. Videos inside Canvas do not require a Library login required to stream.

If you'd like to add a saved clip or playlist to Canvas, you'll need the unique embed code. Read the detailed instructions from Kanopy.


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