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Embedding Library Resources in Canvas: Swank

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

What is Swank?

Swank is a repository of feature films from most major Hollywood studios along with a collection of about four hundred foreign films. The Library provides a selection of popular, curriculum-relevant films on-demand while many others may be available upon request.

You can access Swank from the Library's A-Z list of databases. Note that off-campus access to Swank requires a UIA account. Students get these automatically, but faculty do not. If you haven't previously created a UIA account to access Library resources remotely, please email Meghan Cason.

If your film isn't currently available on-demand, click the "request" button. We endeavor to respond to requests within 24 hours (M-F).


Linking Swank Films From Canvas

Swank films cannot be embedded directly in Canvas. Instead, you can include the direct link to the film inside your Canvas shell, which will take the student through the library's authentication page if they are off-campus. 

Watch this video for step-by-step instructions:

Reminder: Once your Swank video is linked from your Canvas course, you may want to provide your students instructions about how to login with their UIA accounts. Upon clicking the link from off-campus, they will see a screen that looks like this:

A student UIA username is the first part of their LACCD email address (everything before the "@" symbol) and their password is their 4-digit date of birth (MMDD).

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