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Videos in Canvas

Instructions on linking and embedding Library videos, including playlists and clips, in your Canvas course and Reading List.

About AdForum

Note: You cannot embed AdForum content in your Canvas course. However, you can link to individual videos or Playlists from your Canvas module or add them to your Reading List.

Creating an account

For full access to AdForum, you will need to create an account. Go to and use either your RMIT email address or personal email address to join. You will be sent an activation email and, once verified, you will be redirected to AdForum (your profile will appear at the top right of the page when signed in). 

  1. Select the Join button (top right of screen). 
  2. Fill in the fields as required.
  3. Agree to the terms and conditions.
  4. Select Join.

Note: Once you have created an account make sure to access AdForum via the Library to take advantage of all features available to subscribers, including sharing of Playlists. 

Finding content in AdForum

To find content, go to the AdForum homepage and use the drop-down and free-text boxes to browse AdForum's Creative Library for content. You can also search using keywords and filter by relevance or date. Select an individual video to view it. 

When you search for content, you can create an email alert to receive a notification for new ads that match your predetermined criteria. You can also share links to individual videos, as well as to your searches. 


Once you have created an account you can select videos and add them to Playlists. 

  1. Log in to AdForum, and select your profile drop-down (top right of page).
  2. From the list, select My creative library.
  3. Next, select the My Playlists button.
  4. To create a new Playlist, select the + create new Playlist button.
  5. In the pop-up, add a title for the new Playlist and select Save (you can edit the title). 
  6. Select the add Media box in the Playlist to start adding videos. 
  7. In the pop-up, enter keywords in the search for Ads box followed by the + search button. A list of results that match your search criteria will be displayed. 
  8. Select the video thumbnails to add to your Playlist and, when finished, select Save
  9. The drop-down menu to the right of the Playlist allows you to view, share and delete your Playlists. 
  10. To share your Playlist, make sure you are logged in to AdForum via the Library and from the Playlist menu, select > View > Share > copy the link.

Reading Lists

See more information about Reading Lists on the library guide Reading Lists in Canvas.

To add a video in Reading Lists

Videos in AdForum are not currently indexed in LibrarySearch. The best way to add videos from AdForum is to use Cite it, as detailed on the Reading Lists in Canvas guide.

  1. The Cite it function will autofill some parts of the citation details. Check the fields for Title, Author, Type, Duration, Publisher, Publication date, and if needed, a public note.
  2. Once complete, add to the appropriate section of the Reading List.
  3. Select ADD.

If Cite it is not available, follow the steps below:

  1. Navigate to the selected video in AdForum, making sure it is taken from the page once logged in. Copy the URL of the video page.
  2. In Reading Lists, select ADD ITEMS, or select the ellipsis for your preferred section and select Add Items from the menu.
  3. In the right sidebar, select Create
  4. For Type, select Video, then add title, author and date information.
  5. In Source, paste the URL of the video.
  6. Select the section of the list desired
  7. Then select Add at the bottom of the sidebar.

Linking in Canvas

You can link to an AdForum video or Playlist in your Canvas course.

To link to a video in Canvas

  1. Make sure you are logged into AdForum via the Library and navigate to your chosen video.
  2. Copy the full URL from your browser.
  3. Go to the Canvas page where you want to link to the video.
  4. Select Edit, and in the Rich Content Editor mode type the name of the video or relevant text in the required page.
  5. Select/highlight the text.
  6. Select the Links icon on the menu bar.
  7. In the pop-up box, paste the link in the Link box.
  8. Select Done. The pop-up box will close.
  9. Select Save at the bottom right.

The link is now active on your Canvas page and will open in a new tab.