From the Instruction Services Dept.: Need streaming video for courses?

Aug 12, 2015 · Susan Vega-Garcia

The ISU Library subscribes to numerous collections of streaming videos on a wide variety of academic disciplines and topics of interest. Most films include captions or subtitles and occasionally searchable transcripts, as well as other useful features. The Library?s subscriptions for these collections include licensing for use in the classroom and online in Blackboard courses for ISU students, which means that there are no worries about copyright issues. Below are details on a few of our popular streaming video collections.

Kanopy is a huge collection of diverse documentaries from a number of well-known distributors, including PBS, the BBC, Media Education Foundation, and many others. The ISU Library subscribes to a subset of Kanopy?s vast collections.? Kanopy handles international film classics such as Fran?ois Truffaut?s Les 400 Coups / The 400 Blows, Jean Renoir?s La b?te humaine, and others for which the Library has acquired individual streaming rights. Kanopy also hosted a Virtual Film Festival in 2014, which allowed the ISU community to have sneak peeks of scores of new titles.

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Image:? La b?te humaine, dir. Jean Renoir.? Courtesy Kanopy.

Users can browse Kanopy by subject or use the search box for specific titles or topics.? Kanopy films include closed captions or subtitles.?

Media Education Foundation is a collection of documentaries that focuses on gender, health, politics, media stereotypes, race issues, women?s studies, history, and more.? Many of these documentaries have been popular and heavily used in ISU courses.?

The MEF collection is made available through the Library?s subscription to Kanopy streaming videos. Click the All videos link at the bottom of Kanopy / MEF?s home page to see a list of all the videos currently available.?

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Image:? Latinos Beyond Reel: Challenging a Media Stereotype, dir Chyng Sun & Miguel Parker.? Courtesy Media Education Foundation & Kanopy.

MEF videos include closed captions and support embedding. Users who set up an optional free account with Kanopy can create individual playlists and create film clips to use within Kanopy.

Films on Demand?is the streaming video collection from?Films for the Humanities & Sciences,?a well-known distributor of educational documentaries. Subjects are wide-ranging and provide coverage in science & technology areas, the social sciences, and humanities. Titles come from a variety of familiar and popular sources including television news programs; PBS programs (such as the American Experience, Bill Moyers, NOVA, and others); TED talks; Scientific American Frontiers; California Newsreel, and many more.

Films on Demand videos provide full transcripts as well as closed captions.

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Image: Ultra Light, Super Strong Material, from Design for a Technological World. Courtesy Films on Demand.

Filmakers Library Online is a collection of more than 1000 ?award-winning documentaries with relevance across the curriculum--race and gender studies, human rights, globalization and global studies, multiculturalism, international relations, criminal justice, the environment, bioethics, health, political science and current events, psychology, arts, literature, and more. It presents points of view and historical and current experiences from diverse cultures and traditions world-wide."

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Image: Facing Forward: A Charter School for At-risk Youth, dir. Laura Paglin.? Courtesy Filmakers Library Online.

Most FLO videos include full transcripts. The many Search features of FLO make it easy to discover titles, directors, topics, and places. The collection is searchable by language, year released, and by transcripts/notes.?


All of these streaming video packages include optional free accounts. Frequent users of streaming videos will want to set up an account on the collection(s) uses and create personalized playlists, create clips and annotations (when supported), and organize favorite content in customized folders. For instructors, this can be a handy means to collect different materials for specific courses. Note that none of the packages allows downloading of clips or full videos, for copyright reasons. The content remains within its collection, organized for individual use. Instructors can place entire videos or specific video segments on Course Reserve, play them in media-equipped classrooms, stream online, or link / embed directly within Blackboard courses. Online instructors, remember that off-campus users will need to login with a Library Account to view.

For more streaming video packages and other digital video sources, visit the Streaming Video Guide.

Look through the Library?s streaming video collections today to find flexible and engaging content for face-to-face, online, and distance learning courses! Pass the popcorn and enjoy!