Kanopy uses a workflow called "Simple Access authentication" to enable users to access your Kanopy platform with their university credentials. Simple Access improves the user experience by: allowing easy access to Kanopy from mobile and TV apps, simplifying sharing and embedding links to films, streamlining the login process, and more.
Accessing your Kanopy platform for the first time
When a user first visits your Kanopy platform from outside your designated IP range, they'll be prompted to log in with their university credentials.
If your platform is configured to permit direct on-site IP access, this prompt will be skipped for users on campus.
Reauthenticating after initial access
Users are prompted to reauthenticate:
- When they clear their browser cookies.
- When they access Kanopy from a different device or browser.
- 180 days after their last authentication.
If users follow a direct link to a video on Kanopy and need to reauthenticate, they can select Watch Now and follow the prompts to enter their university credentials.
If users follow a direct link to a playlist on Kanopy and need to reauthenticate, they'll be prompted to enter their university credentials and then be taken to the playlist page.
If users go to your library's Kanopy homepage and need to reauthenticate, they can select Visit the [University] collection and follow the prompts to enter their university credentials.
Note: The Simple Access authentication process doesn't create a session with your university’s authentication system; if a user goes on to access another library resource, they will be prompted to sign in again.
Use unproxied links to your Kanopy website
Simple Access makes proxying links to Kanopy films unnecessary, and we recommend against proxying links to Kanopy content. Learn more about using unproxied links.