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Integrating the Library into Canvas Courses

Alexander Street Video

Videos from Alexander Street (ASV) can be integrated into Canvas courses in two ways: 1) linked to a course through a rich text link on a Page, exactly as a article and ebooks can be, and 2) using the Alexander Street app from Canvas.

Create a stable, proxied rich text link

To create a rich text link to a video, you will need to create a stable, proxied link to it. On an ASV video page you need to click "Share" in the top toolbar and then click the "Copy Permalink" button that will appear.

Alexander Street video page, showing the Share toolbar and Copy Permalink buttin

A window will pop up with the permalink for you to copy. The permalink typically does not have the library proxy string attached, so you will need to add it to the beginning of the permalink: https://libproxy.umflint.edu/login?url=https://video.alexanderstreet.com/watch/dog?account_id=14584&usage_group_id=95891.

Alexander Street Video permalink to be copied

You are now ready to create a rich text link on a Canvas page.


Embed a video from Alexander Street using the Canvas app

  1. Install the Alexander Street Video app in the Settings area of your Canvas course. Find out how to install apps in Canvas through this video tutorial. You will need to contact a librarian for the Consumer Key and Secret; this code will embed the video without the need to use the library's proxy string.
  2. After installing the Canvas app, navigate to the page in your course where you want to embed the video.
  3. Click the App tool (looks like an electrical plug) on the rich text box's tool bar and select Alexander Street Video from the drop down. 
    Canvas rich text toolbar with Apps icon circled
  4. You will need to search for the video you want to embed. It is best to have the exact title and possibly the production company or director because the box to view results is smaller in Canvas.
    Searching Alexander Street Video in Canvas app
  5. Choose how you want to embed the video. Each result will have three embed options: "Return Link" creates a rich text link while "Embed medium size" or "Embed large size" puts the media player entirely within the page.
  6. The video should now be embedded within your page.

Here is what both a the rich text link and the embedded media look like in a Canvas page.

Alexander Street videos on a Canvas page

Kanopy Video

Streaming films from Kanopy can be integrated into Canvas courses in two ways: 1) linked to a course through a stable, proxied rich text link on a Page, exactly as a article and ebooks can be, and 2) embedding the media with Kanopy's embed code.

Create a stable, proxied rich text link

To create a rich text link to a video, you will need to create a stable, proxied link to it. On a Kanopy video page you need to click the "Share" button below the media player and video information.

screenshot of Kanopy share link

Copy the link and add the proxy string to the beginning of the provided link, so that your link look like this: https://libproxy.umflint.edu/login?url=https://umflint.kanopy.com/video/puppies-and-senior-dogs. You can now create a rich text link on your Canvas page.


Embed a film using the Kanopy embed code

  1. On a Kanopy video page you need to click the "Share" button below the media player and video information. screenshot of Kanopy embed code in the Kanopy media player
  2. After copying that code, open up the Canvas page in which you want to embed the film.
  3. Under the Canvas rich text box, click the "</>" icon to switch to the HTML editor.
  4. Paste in the embed code and then click the "</>" icon to switch back to the rich text editor.

You film is now embedded and will either prompt students to login, possibly in a pop up window, or will remember their IP address and play the film without them logging in.


Here is what both a the rich text link and the embedded media look like in a Canvas page.

Kanopy video options on a Canvas page