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Films on Demand User Guide

How to use Films on Demand, a database of educational digital videos.



Films on Demand provides access to over forty thousand educational films on a wide range of subjects designed to support and enhance the college curriculum. Short educational videos, full-length documentaries, interviews, debates, and archival footage are all represented from over 40 producers including BBC Worldwide, PBS, Films for the Humanities and Science, National Geographic, HBO, Intellecom Learning, and others. Off-campus access to Films on Demand is restricted to current students, faculty, and staff of STLCC. Log in by using the STLCC Libraries link in Canvas or your regular Single Sign On username and password.

New! - Mobile App

Download the Films on Demand mobile app from Google Play or Apple Store. Create a user account from within the Films on Demand database, then use it to login to the mobile app for easy access to videos on the go. 

For Faculty

Posting a Films on Demand link in Canvas

Best Practice: include the name of video in the text in your course, so that students can find it in the Films on Demand database if they need to use an alternative method of access. 

  1. Click on the Share icon next to the video in your list of results, or under the video on the viewing screen.
  2. A form will pop up for sharing via email. Click on the Embed/Link tab at the top of the form.
  3. Copy the Record URL or the LTI Link to use in Canvas, not the URL at the top of the page. (Record URL links to the video in the database, with all database features and search options; the LTI Link will bring up just the video, with no database options).

Tips: You can also create a user account in Films on Demand to create and store your favorites and playlists.

Which link or code should I use?

What's the difference between the types of links?

  • URL Link: The URL Link, with the extra snippet of code, will open the video in the Films on Demand database. Use this option if you want students to be able to use the Transcript feature or to move between different segments and use all of the Films on Demand tools. 

  • Embed Code: The Embed Code will place the video within your Canvas course, rather than linking to it. Use the embed code for short videos, segments, or clips if you want students to stay within your course.

  • LTI Link: Films on Demand supplies the LTI link for institutions using course management software that does not support embedded videos. It is useful as an alternative to embedding large videos into a course. It will display the video in a viewer by itself. The segment menu, transcript, and other Films on Demand features will not show. Closed captions are still available.

Related Guides

St. Louis Community College Libraries

Florissant Valley Campus Library
3400 Pershall Rd.
Ferguson, MO 63135-1408
Phone: 314-513-4514

Forest Park Campus Library
5600 Oakland
St. Louis, MO 63110-1316
Phone: 314-644-9210

Meramec Campus Library
11333 Big Bend Road
St. Louis, MO 63122-5720
Phone: 314-984-7797

Wildwood Campus Library
2645 Generations Drive
Wildwood, MO 63040-1168
Phone: 636-422-2000