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JoVE (Journal of Visualized Experiments) is the leading producer and publisher of video resources for science education and research. With thousands of videos published across several disciplines in science, medicine, and engineering, the JoVE library provides clear, detailed illustrations of a vast range of scientific techniques and concepts.

You can access JoVE content using your PennKey credentials. If you would like to use advanced features in JoVE such as playlists, we recommend creating a JoVE account. 

To create a JoVE account, please sign up at Make sure you select the role of “Professor / Instructor” when creating your account. This role enables embed codes you create to have access keys in them. 


Penn has a subscription to JoVE Unlimited. JoVE Unlimited automatically updates all new JoVE content and products as they are released, keeping users up to date with scientific developments and educational resources. The JoVE Unlimited subscription includes access to the entire suite of products including: 

  • JoVE Core: Video textbooks that explain concepts taught in undergraduate courses through high-impact animations and real-life experiments.
  • JoVE Lab Manual: All-in-one solution for teaching undergraduate lab courses through engaging, comprehensive, and curriculum-focused videos for both instructors and students.
  • JoVE Science Education: Video library dedicated to teaching the practice and theory of scientific experiments through engaging and easy-to-understand visual demonstrations.
  • JoVE Encyclopedia of Experiments: Online video encyclopedias of advanced research experiments for scientists in academia and biotech.
  • JoVE Journal: Peer-reviewed scientific journal, publishing methods articles accompanied by videos of experiments filmed in the authors’ labs. All JoVE articles are indexed in PubMed, Medline, Web of Science, Scopus, and other relevant databases.

To utilize the faculty features that come with Penn’s subscription and to ensure seamless access for your students, please begin by creating an account using your PennKey credentials.

Here are several tips on how to get the most out of JoVE:

Integrate JoVE Content into Canvas

JoVE content can easily be integrated into Canvas, individually or in bulk. You can integrate JoVE content in Canvas using the LTI tool in Modules, embed videos via the Rich Content Editor, and import common cartridge or QTI files. The Canvas Guide provides excellent instructions on the various ways you can integrate JoVE videos and quizzes into your course. 

For additional instructions on using JoVE, please see the JoVE Faculty Resource Center

Add Content to a Module Using the Canvas Integration

Users may find it difficult to browse for JoVE content using the Canvas integration. For the best experience, we recommend browsing for content using the JoVE website rather than through the Canvas integration. Once you find content using the JoVE website, use the following directions to integrate the content into your course site.

JoVE has been integrated into Canvas for all courses at Penn. You can use the JoVE LTI integration to add videos to your course via Modules. 

  1. Go to the course that you wish to connect with JoVE and click + Module, name the module, then click Add Module to save. If you would like to add a video to an existing module, click the + icon in the module
  2. Within your new module, click the Add Item button (+ icon). 
  3. From the dropdown menu of the pop-up window, select External Tool, then select JoVE LTI Tool.
From the Add Item popup window, select External Tool from the dropdown menu and locate the link for JoVE LTI Tool.
  1. A new pop-up window will display. From the Choose Your Content Type options, select the Videos, Quiz, or Playlist option. If you previously found content using the JoVE website, use the search bar to find the item(s) by title. Click the + icon to add an item to your selection(s). You can include multiple content items at once. 
Browse or search for content using the Canvas integration. Select items to add to the Module by clicking the + icon then click the Submit button.
  1. After your selections are complete, click the Submit link.
  2. The URL and Page Name fields will auto-populate below. Make any customizations to the additional fields. 

To see all available options, you may need to resize or scroll to the bottom of the pop-up window.

  1. Click the Add Item button to save. 
Scroll to the bottom of the pop-up window to make any customizations, then click the Add Item button.
  1. The item should now appear in the Module. To view the item, click the item link and follow the prompt on the subsequent page to view the video in JoVE. 

Embed an Individual Video Using the Rich Content Editor

You can embed JoVE content In Canvas using any feature that supports the Rich Content Editor (Announcements, Assignments, Discussions, Pages, Quizzes, or Syllabus).

Before starting to embed videos, please log in to your JoVE account. If you don’t have a JoVE account yet, please sign up at Make sure you select the role of “Professor / Instructor” when creating your account. This role enables embed codes you create to have access keys in them.

Without the access key that is generated by logging in to JoVE as an instructor, the embed code will not work correctly for off-campus students.

  1. Start by finding a video in JoVE that you would like to add to your course.
  2. On the JoVE page displaying your video of interest, click the Embed tab/button.

An embed code allows you to place a JoVE video directly inside of your learning or training. Most of the time, you will want to use the embed code rather than the URL.

  1. Copy the entire embed code by clicking the Copy Embed Code button or highlighting and copying the embed code (CTRL+C on PC or CMD+C on Mac).
  2. Navigate to the course site where you would like to add the video.
  3. To open the Rich Content Editor, create or edit an announcement, assignment, discussion, page, quiz, or syllabus.
  4. From the menubar, click the Insert menu and select the Embed option.
From the menubar, click the Insert menu and select the Embed option.
  1. Paste the code from JoVE in the Embed Code field. Then click the Submit button.
Paste the code from JoVE in the Embed Code window, then click Submit.
  1. Preview your embedded media in the Rich Content Editor.
  2. Click the Save button.

For more detailed instructions, please see the Canvas guide on embedding content using the Rich Content Editor.

Upload a Common Cartridge or QTI File

You can request a common cartridge or QTI file from your customer success specialist by sending a list of the videos or quizzes you would like to add to your course. Don’t know who your dedicated specialist is? Simply email Once you have the cartridge or QTI file, the Canvas guide, and Common Cartridge video tutorial will walk you through the process of loading it into Canvas.

Getting Help

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Last Updated: 28 Sep 2022