Kanopy offers over 50,000 films from all genres.
As of January 1st, 2020, Kanopy is restricted to use for instructional purposes. Previously licensed titles will be available for streaming until their licenses expire, at which point approval will be required* for renewals. New titles will be made available for courses or learning opportunities on an individual basis by instructor request.
*The Criterion, PBS, and Media Education Foundation collections will remain unmediated in their entirety.
I’m an instructor who wants to show a Kanopy streaming video title in one of my classes. Will it be available after Purdue switches to “mediated” mode?
Yes. We realize that one of the benefits of Kanopy is its accessibility. Unfortunately, the cost has become prohibitive, and as of January 1st 2020, Purdue University Libraries (West Lafayette campus) no longer provides unmediated access to the entire Kanopy catalog of 50,000+ videos. We are not eliminating any Kanopy videos, we are simply requiring that instructors request videos to be licensed prior to when they are needed for a course. Once a title has been licensed, access to it will remain open on the Kanopy website for twelve months from the date of activation. We will extend or re-license titles for class use when requested by instructors.
There are two ways to request Kanopy video licensing for class use: via the Kanopy website or directly via the firstname.lastname@example.org account. Detailed information about both methods is available on the Libguide.
If I request access to a video on Kanopy, will my students be able to view it on their own computers?
Yes. Purdue students can view licensed Kanopy videos through the Purdue West Lafayette Campus Kanopy site.
You may also find it useful to embed licensed Kanopy videos into Blackboard so students may watch videos directly from your course page. Instructions are posted later in this Libguide.
Does the Library have movies available for streaming?
Yes, with restrictions. Check out our Libguide for more information about our streaming video platforms. The largest platform, Kanopy, is restricted to educational use only. Instructors may request access to titles for their courses via the Kanopy platform or directly via the email@example.com account. Detailed information about both methods is available on our Libguide.
Unfortunately, due to costs, we do not offer unlimited Kanopy viewing to students. If you are a student who needs access to a Kanopy title for a course, contact your instructor and ask them to send in a request on behalf of your class.
All requests for Kanopy titles must be made a minimum of one week in advance. West Lafayette instructors are encouraged to check on the availability of titles for their courses before every semester, as some licenses may have expired in the interim.
Option 1: Request a title through the Kanopy platform
Recommended for instructors who need a single title or prefer to browse/navigate the platform.
Option 2: Request a title through email
Recommended for instructors who wish to request multiple titles for a course syllabus at one time.
Send an email directly to firstname.lastname@example.org. In your message, please include the following:
Each video from Kanopy has an embed code.
To link to videos in Kanopy
To embed in BlackBoard:
Instructions: Playlist and Clip Creation Tool
1. You can access the Playlist and Clip Creation Tool from any video by clicking the "PLAYLIST/CLIP" button under the video player
2. Complete the form with your name, e-mail address and playlist title. Click on "Create" to start creating your playlist.
3. Review your information and click "Save & Select/Edit Clips".
4. Click on "Add a new clip"
5. Choose a video by either searching or browsing
6. Finalize the clip(s) selection and "Save and Publish"
7. Your playlist has now been created and two URLs have been created and e-mailed to you. The first URL is your published playlist to be viewed or shared with others. The second URL can be used to edit or delete your playlist at any time.