Finding Videos

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Video is an engaging and relevant way to draw learners in, diversify instruction and model skills. Finding and curating accessible, captioned videos is becoming easier every day. Below are some of our favourite video sources with suggestions from Library Services, faculty and the Teaching and Learning team. Try a few in your teaching.

Library Services
Library Services

Library Services

The Library has something for everyone.  These sources run the gamut from major motion pictures, case studies, documentaries, trades safety videos, nursing and care videos and more.  Chances are, if you’re looking for it, the Library has it.  You can also connect with their helpful staff to find videos to suit your exact need. 

Learn how to find videos from databases available through Library Services:

“Finding Streaming Video” by Library Services.

Check out more videos about searching effectively on Library Service’s YouTube channel.

“ to LinkedIn Learning” from Microsoft. Retrieved from Microsoft, July 15th 2019.

LinkedIn Learning 

Recently rebranded from, LinkedIn Learning is another fully licensed and robust collection of how-to and tutorial videos on most software, animation, business, CAD, web development, eLearning, marketing and more. 

Use LinkedIn tutorial videos to facilitate your teaching or support students to accomplish a variety of tasks including:

All of the above suggestions were compiled from post secondary educators who contributed to the eCampus Ontario publication “Applications of LinkedIn Learning in Ontario’s Post-Secondary Institutions” under a CC-BY-NC-SA 4.0 International License.

khan academy logo showing a hand with leaves growing out of it.
“Khan Academy Logo” by Khan Academy. Retrieved from WikiMedia Commons, Nov. 12th, 2019.

Khan Academy

Everything Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), all in one place.  Find tutorials and sample questions on science, technology, engineering and math concepts.  Just search – there is no need to sign up, though they’d appreciate if you did. 

Use Khan Academy to:

  • Support learners struggling with key skills through retrieval practice.
  • Spiral back to foundational skills and space out practice, demonstrated to improve retention over time.
  • Flip your classroom by using the videos to have students learn a skill before class, so your instruction can cover more in depth skills.
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“TED logo” by TED, 2018. Retrieved from TED July 15th, 2019. 


All of these Creative Commons licensed videos are freely shareable and usable in the classroom. TedTalks features a variety of engaging and dynamic speakers on a wide range of topics. TedEd Lessons also lets you use any video to make video lessons, which you can use to diversify classroom activity. Ted Talks are also available through the Library, through Films on Demand. 

Use TEDtalks to:

“YouTube Logo” by YouTube, 2018. Retrieved from WikiMedia Commons March 7th, 2018. 


Search through a vast number of videos on a variety of topics. YouTube is ubiquitous, and many students see it as a reliable source of information and learning.  

Not all YouTube videos are openly licensed, and you’ll need to be careful in how you select content for use in class. Some things to keep in mind : 

Use YouTube to:

  • Have students consider a guiding question before playing the video.  Allow students to discuss after the video has played, and have a consolidating question at the end. 
  • Try searching YouTube for 360 Tours of a space relevant to the unit or content. Use this to spur discussion and context specific thinking. 
  • Use a video lesson tool like EdPuzzle or TEDed Video Lessons. These free online tools will let you add questions to videos and run video lessons as a whole class or as a group work or chat station to promote student-to-student conversation. 

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Jess Wilkinson

Jesslyn is the Educational Technology Officer at Conestoga. An Ontario Certified Teacher, and holding a B.A. and B.Ed., Jesslyn researches and promotes new technologies for faculty to enhance pedagogical practices. She brings to the role her experience as a Google and Microsoft certified technology trainer and as a classroom teacher in South Korea, Mongolia, and Ontario, focusing on special education and assistive learning technologies. She is available for workshops, consultations, and support with using technology in higher education contexts.

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