Films On Demand in Canvas

One of the great features of Canvas is the way it integrates apps within the course sites. Turnitin (plagiarism checking software) is a good example of this. Before integration, teachers as well as students had to create separate Turnitin accounts outside of their online courses. This was time-consuming and a lot of extra work for all involved. With Canvas integration, teachers simply check the Turnitin box when creating an assignment and that’s pretty much it. No separate accounts, no extra passwords, links etc.

West LA College has a campus wide license for Films On Demand. “Films On Demand is a state-of-the-art streaming video platform that makes it easier than ever to incorporate outstanding educational video content into your curriculum by providing easy integration with learning management systems, online lesson plans, distance learning courseware, or electronic card catalog systems. Most titles are available for individual lease or purchase, or through subscriptions to our robust, curriculum-focused subjects.”

This service is now integrated in Canvas. This means that you can search and embed quality education videos from FOD right from the Canvas editor.

Simply select the blue “V” icon in the editor box and select Films on Demand from the drop down menu. A search bar will appear where you can type in your query and embed your selection.


Reaching Students from the Inside Out!

Dear Instructor:

Thank you in advance for all the hard work you are doing with and for our students. As we approach the holidays we are concerned about our students who typically drop around this time during the course of the term. Having said that, we would like to provide students with Extra Support during this time. We call our effort “reaching students from the inside out!”

1.      We would also ask that you provide us with names of students that may be of “concern to you” and needing additional support that we can contact, email with the students name and 88 number.

2.      Please allow our Student Advocates/ Coaches time to speak to your students, we promise the sharing will not exceed 10 minutes. If you would like for us to visit please let us know in the email.

We plan to:

a.      Share resource websites for food, homelessness, mental health

b.      Share on campus resources for academic support

c.      Share de-stress mindful / mediation strategies

d.      Share opportunities for counseling support

We appreciate your assistance with reaching-in to our students!

Dr. Patricia Banday

Student Success and Support Program


Expert speakers in your classroom

Bringing experts from your field into your classroom is a tried and true method for giving students exposure to real-world scenarios. You’d be surprised how many people are willing to come and share their knowledge. Here is an example from the Business department at West LA College who brought in Dr. Sarita Jackson to talk about her recent visit to Cuba. Enjoy and don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel.

Living History in your classroom

Here’s a great example of making history come to life in your classroom. There are clubs and organizations out there that reenact everything from the Renaissance to the U.S. Civil War. Here is one such group, Legion VI Historical Foundation doing a presentation for Humaities 60, People and their World: Technology and the Humanities taught by Anne Winter, adjunct Humanities professor at West LA College.