Conducting a Video Search

  • At the top of the screen there is a text field containing the words Type your keywords here. Type a keyword, then click on the magnifying glass or press the Enter key () on your keyboard.

  • By default, the Search Engine gives results among the videos in the Collection. Click on the Series tab to see the series found using the keywords entered.

  • At the top of the screen there is a text field containing the words Type your keywords here. Type a keyword, then click on the magnifying glass or press the Enter key () on your keyboard.
  • By default, the Search Engine gives results among the videos in the Collection. Click on the Playlists tab to see the playlists found using the keywords entered.

There are several ways to search for videos in CVE.

  1. Using the search engine on the home page (Direct Search)
    • At the top of the screen there is a text field containing the words Type your keywords here. Type a keyword, for example, the word "bullying", then click the Search button or press the Enter key () on your keyboard.

    • Using a specific keyword, the search engine found only a few videos, all of which are in English. Scroll down through the videos to choose the one that you want to watch.

    • But when searching using more general keywords, it is best to use the Search Engine, combined with Facets.

  2. Using the Search Engine and Facets.

    For example: Let's say that you are a Secondary Cycle Two science and technology teacher. You would like to see if CVE can provide examples of scientific research in Canada.

    • In the text field of the search engine, type the words "Canada science", and click on the magnifying glass (You can also press the Enter key (↵) on your keyboard.)

    • Over ten thousand videos are found. The facets on the left side of your screen will help you narrow your search.

    • If you wish to see only the videos available in English, check the box beside English GRICS in the Collections facet. The videos in French are removed from the list, leaving a few hundred videos in English. The other facets are automatically updated accordingly.

    • In the Clientele facet, check the box beside Secondary, then check the box beside Cycle 2. In the Subject Areas facet, check the box beside Mathematics, Science & Technology. 

    • Ninety-eight videos are available. You can further refine your search using the Teacher’s Guide, Video Categories, Closed Caption and Year of Production facets.

  • Keywords: Too Many or Too Few?

    If you enter a single word into the search engine, the results generated are sometimes too numerous or too vague. For example, if you only enter the word "Quebec", you will obtain over ten thousand results. However, a search done using too many words may give poor results; if you enter the words "Quebec Canada Modern America", only three videos will be listed.

  • Carrying Out a Search Using an Exact Phrase

    Use quotation marks (" ") to search for an exact phrase. For example, "World War" will return eleven relevant videos, compared to using only the keyword “War”, which turn up thirty-five videos. As in other search engines such as Google, quotation marks help refine your search and return fewer irrelevant results.

  • Spelling of Keywords

    You will have better luck finding what you are looking for if you spell the keywords correctly. However, the CVE search engine is case insensitive (you can use uppercase or lowercase) and diacritics insensitive. For example, using Québec or quebec or QUEBEC will return the same results.

Some special characters, such as the hyphen should be included. For example, a search query using « Nouvelle-France » would yield different results than one using « Nouvelle France ».

  • Boolean Logical Operators

    "Boolean" refers to George Boole, an English mathematician who lived from 1815 to 1864. Logical operations, which act as "logic gates" in digital circuits, include such words as ANDORNOT, and combinations of those words.

    OR: By default, a space between two words takes the place of OR in a search query. For example, the query "plutonium uranium" indicates that you are looking for video files that contain any of those words or both.

    AND: Use the word AND in uppercase or use the "plus" symbol ["+"] if you are searching in the video database (video titles and descriptions) for videos that must include all the terms. For example: "careers AND education" indicates that you are looking for videos that feature both elements.

    NOT: To exclude terms from your search, use the word NOT in uppercase or the "minus" symbol ["-"] immediately before the word or phrase to exclude. For example, if you are looking for videos of storms but want to exclude snowstorms, write "storms-snow" or "storms-snowstorms"."

  • Sorting results

    You can sort the search results using the facets on the left of the results page. See Q. How can I search for videos in CVE.

    NOTE: these search operations, and the search engine in general, will become more useful as the number of video programs increase.

When you get a search result using the Search Engine or the tabs labelled Clientele and Subject Areas, the items in the left column are called Facets.

Facets are categories for classifying videos and playlists, which allow you to refine your search. In CVE, there are eight facet categories, each of which contains several elements. The number between parentheses beside each item indicates the number of videos associated with it. When you click on an element of a particular facet, the elements of the other facets will be updated accordingly.

Some videos contain nudity, violence or foul language. The viewing of these videos is forbidden to "Student" type users.

You can view the list of restricted videos here.

Connecting to CVE

To connect to CVE, you need a username and a password. Contact the subscription manager or the IT Department of your institution to obtain them.

To see if your institution is already subscribing to CVE, click-here. Then, connect using the designated platform (Office 365, Edu-Groupe or SAML) and your professional email address. Note that your institution may subscribed to CVE and not appear on the list mentioned.

When your session is complete, remember to log out by clicking on “Log Out” at the bottom of the drop-down menu in the upper right corner of the screen.

There are two options:

  • If you have not logged in. Click on Log In in the upper-right corner of the homepage. Then, enter the email address you use in your organization and click on Next. You can then click on Request new password, underneath the text field in which you would enter your password. Follow the instructions on screen. Your request is sent directly to your email address.

  • If you are logged in. On the homepage, click on your name in the upper-right corner of the screen and then click on My Profile in the drop-down menu. On this page you can easily change your password by entering your current password in the text field on the left and your new password in the two text fields on the right. Then click on Save.


CVE administrators of school boards or institutions have the authority to create user accounts for teachers.

Teachers can create groups for students (for example, an entire class, or a sub-group to carry out projects using CVE videos).

You can check to see whether a student group has already been set up by clicking on My Groups in the upper-right drop-down menu, then on your name to the right of the box named My Library box. Clicking the “+” sign over your name will show the students who have been associated with this group.

Otherwise, you can create new groups and accounts for your students.

Follow these steps to create student groups:

  1. Go to the upper-right, drop-down menu and click My Groups 
  2. Select the icon:   (This icon represents you.)
  3. Click on the black   button, over the icon.
  4. A new  icon with the word <Title> appears under the icon representing you.
  5. You can modify the name or number of your group by selecting it and then clicking on the Pencil button  (Rename).
  6. Write the name or number of the selected group and press the Enter key (↵) on your keyboard.
  7. To correct the name of the group, repeat steps 4-5.
  8. To create additional groups, repeat steps 2-6.

Here is how to create user accounts for your students:

  1. Go to the upper-right drop-down menu and click My Groups 
  2. To see the groups you have already created, click on the <+> sign to the left of the icon representing you. The student groups you have created appear under your icon. If or when you don’t want your groups to remain on the screen, you can press the <-> minus sign which has replaced the plus sign. This is optional.
  3. Click on , which represents a student group that you wish to access (e.g. cycle 1 ERC). This icon is highlighted.
  4. Click on the black  button, over the  icon.
  5. A dialog box marked Creation of a user with role «student» opens. Enter the requested information about the student you wish to place in the group. Then click Create New Account.

To create additional student accounts, repeat steps 4 and 5.


To make a public playlist, it must meet the four following criteria:

  • It must contain at least two video segments
  • It must be classified according to the clientele and subject area of the playlist
  • It cannot contain any video or segment from a restricted video 
  • It must include a description

To make a playlist accessible to the public, go to My Library and click on My Playlists. Then click on Modify the playlist under the playlist you wish to make public. In the edition menu, add a meaningful title to your playlist. In the drop-down menu under Confidentiality, select Public. Add a brief description. Finally, classify your playlist by Clientele and Subject Areas by checking the appropriate boxes, then click on Save.

Note: Creating playlists is an option available only to individuals affiliated with an institution subscribing to CVE.

A playlist is a document in which you can store video clips that you have selected from CVE programs. Playlists can be built based on several criteria: themes, grade level appropriateness, etc. A playlist can be shared with one or several groups of students.

When you create a playlist, it is automatically added to My Playlists, in My Library.

A CVE playlist is a group of video programs or program excerpts (or clips) that you can create in order to have quick and convenient access to them. Creating a CVE playlist is easy. To start your personal playlist, first locate a video you would like to use to create the new playlist. Under the video, click on Add to a list. A window labelled Add to a playlist opens. You then have the possibility to add the full video to your playlist or to create a video segment by clicking on Create a video segment.

  1. If you want to add the entire video to the playlist, just name the playlist and click on Add the video.
  2. If you want to create a video segment, you must first name that segment in the box labeled Name of the video segment. Then, choose a start time and a stop time for your segment, depending on which part of the video is the most relevant to you. Finally, give a significant name to your new playlist and click on Add the video.

Your playlist is created. You can now add one or more video clips to it. To do this:

  1. Under the selected video, click on Add to a list. A window labelled Add to a playlist opens.
  2. Just like when creating a new playlist, you can either add the entire video to your playlist or a segment of the video by choosing a start time and a stop time.
  3. Select the playlist in which you want to add the video and click Add the video.
  4. To add other clips from this video or from other videos to the playlist, repeat steps 1 to 3.

To share a playlist with one or several groups of students:

  • Click on My library and My playlists
  • Click on the Share button under the playlist you want to share.
  • Choose the group(s) with whom you want to share the video, then click on Confirm.
  • To change the group you wish to share this video clip with, carry out the same steps.

There are three ways to access excerpts from a playlist.

First way:

  • From My Library, click on My Playlists.
  • Then click on Modify the Playlist
  • On that page, you can see the excerpts that are part of the playlist.

Second way:

  • From My Library, click on My Playlists.
  • Then click on the title of a playlist
  • On that page, you can view and listen to the clips that are part of the selected playlist.

Third way:

  • It is also possible to quickly access clips from a playlist by clicking on the button More Videos inside the video player at the bottom right when you are in a playlist.

  • From My Library, click on My Playlists.
  • Then click on Modify the Playlist
  • On that page, you will find the excerpts that are part of the playlist.
  • To delete an excerpt from the list, click on Delete the segment
  • To edit the segment, click on Modify the segment. You will then be able to change the start time and the stop time of the selected excerpt.
  • To change the order of the clips in the playlist, use the double arrows at the top left of a segment to drag and drop the segment to the desired location in your playlist.


Note: The "Share" feature is available only to individuals affiliated with an institution subscribing to CVE.

When you create a playlist or like a video, you can share these resources with one or several groups of students. You can find out how to do this by consulting the appropriate questions in this FAQ.

My Library is a folder that contain all the elements in CVE shared with your students. There you will find My Shared playlists and My Shared Videos

From this folder, you can:

  • sort items by using the search engine at the top of the list;
  • consult an item by clicking its picture or title;
  • change an item by clicking on Modify share

Subscribing to CVE

Only institutions or organizations can subscribe to CVE. An individual cannot subscribe in his or her own name.

CVE – The Connecting Videos to Education Collection distributes educational videos for non-commercial educational use in Québec and Canada. These videos are made available to educational institutions and non-profit organizations with an educational mission, including libraries. Only organizations and institutions fitting these qualifications can subscribe to CVE.

To sign up your institution, please complete the subscription form.

Individuals who are members of subscribing organizations (e.g. teachers) can:

  1. View complete high-resolution versions of videos online no matter where they are.
  2. Download videos.
  3. Create playlists of videos.
  4. Create video clips (i.e. select video sequences from any CVE program and insert them into a playlist).
  5. Share favorite playlists, videos and guides.
  6. Use already-existing CVE video teacher guides, as is, adapt these guides for personal applications, or develop and store new guides tailored to specific needs.
  7. Create user groups.
  8. Create personal files; place them in personal folders.
  9. Manage one's own CVE account. (Note: there are different levels of account management and authorization.)

To see if your school board is subscribing to CVE, click here.

Teacher's Guide

Teacher's Guide files contain resources that extend the pedagogical value of video programs by providing:

  • links to the QEP
  • background information
  • suggestions for classroom implementation of the video
  • questions
  • activities
  • blackline masters that can be photocopied.

Up to now, these documents are only available in PDF format (Acrobat Reader is required) and are identified by a serial number.

By clicking on that number, depending on the web browser you use, the file will:

  • open in a new browser page. You can then save the document on your hard drive or on a USB key.
  • be downloaded to your computer desktop.

Some of the guides were provided by the video production company and may not provide links to the QEP. We hope to make this QEP information available soon.