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Library Services for Faculty

Instructions, tips and help for faculty using GWC Library resources and services.

Films on Demand Streaming Video Databases

The Library subscribes to two different Films on Demand Collections:

Note: If you are off campus you will need to log into these databases using your Coast username and password.

Video Tutorial: Embedding Films on Demand in Canvas

Instructions for Embedding Films in Canvas (* not Feature Films at this time)

What is Films on Demand?

Films on Demand offers a large collection of streaming, closed captioned, quality films from well-known producers. This database allows you to embed full-length films into your Canvas course without having to log in to it separately for both you and your students. Films on Demand is a streaming video database provided by the Golden West College Library.

Quick instructions:

Films on Demand is listed as an external tool in Canvas. 

  • From within a module, choose to add an external tool
  • Select Films on Demand
  • Type in the title of the film or some keywords
  • Click the embed link of the film or segment you want to add
  • Save and publish

Note about Accessibility:

Films are both closed captioned and have interactive transcripts. If the one you select does not have these features, please contact Alana Krause, Online Distance Education Librarian to request captioning.

Embedding Films on Demand within Canvas

Create or Edit any item in Canvas:

This can be any item that uses the Rich Content Editor (For example: Announcements, Assignments, Pages, Quizzes, Discussions).

Note: Films on Demand is an 'external tool' in Canvas and can be used similarly to the YouTube and TEDEd (TED Talks) tools as shown here:

External tools location in Canvas


Select the 'More External Tools' button, which is the light blue "V" on the tool bar:

  1. Click on the blue 'V'
  2. Select 'Films on Demand' 

Select Films on Demand under the 'blue V'


Films on Demand Search Box in Canvas:

Type in the title of the film or keywords. You may also 'Preview' the film before embedding.

Films on Demand Search Box in Canvas


Select 'Embed' button to place the film into the Rich Content Editor:

'Embed medium' or Embed small' recommended. The option to view 'full screen' is available.

Films of Demand LTI embed location in Canvas


Embedded film will look like this until you 'SAVE' or 'SAVE & PUBLISH':

Film embedded in Canvas before save or save and publish

Here is what a saved 'Page' will look like:

  1. Title you created for Canvas item (this example is a 'page' - it could also be an Announcement, Assignment, Discussion or Quiz).
  2. Full or segment title of the embedded film.
  3. Running time of full film or segment.
  4. Toggle closed captioning.
  5. Toggle full screen on (press 'Esc' key to return to Canvas course location).

Embedded Film in Canvas with title, length, captioning and full screen options

Additional Films on Demand Help for Faculty

Resources from the publisher, Infobase

Additional advanced features:

Available if faculty wish to create a "MyFilms" Infobase account, for example creating playlists and custom segments.

For further information or for scheduling individual appointments please contact:

Alana Krause, Online Distance Education Librarian.

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