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  sources for readily available educational videos. Try a few in your teaching. Make sure to cite according to Conestoga APA. Citations are different for subscription based services (the Library) than for open access services (like YouTube and Khan Academy).

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Library Services

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Library Services

The Library has something for many disciplines.  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.

Having trouble finding videos at the Library related to your courses or discipline? Connect with a Program Liaison for more help.

LinkedIn Learning 

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

Recently rebranded from Lynda.com, LinkedIn Learning is another service provided by the Library. It hosts a large collection of how-to and tutorial videos on most software, animation, business, CAD, web development, eLearning, marketing topics and more. 

Use LinkedIn tutorials 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 eCampusOntario publication “Applications of LinkedIn Learning in Ontario’s Post-Secondary Institutions” under a CC-BY-NC-SA 4.0 International License.

Khan Academy

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“Khan Academy Logo” by Khan Academy. Retrieved from WikiMedia Commons, Nov. 12th, 2019.

All videos 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.

TEDtalks

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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 feature 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 

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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. Read more about how to Boost Your YouTube Use and using YouTube appropriately for educational purposes.

Our Library staff give great advice when searching for videos online.  Make sure you’re aware of your responsibilities when using and citing videos from YouTube. 

Have an idea for another video source? Post a comment below!

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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