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Library Resources to Enhance Learning and Teaching: Integrating Streaming Videos

What is Streaming Video?

Hitchhicker's Guide to Streaming

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Streaming video delivers video content to computer desktops via the Internet without the need for additional equipment for decoding or downloading.  Playback requires the installation of appropriate software.  Commonly used streaming software includes Windows Media, RealVideo, QuickTime and Flash.

Because of their large file size, streaming video files are compressed, which can negatively affect image quality when viewed in full-screen mode or projected to a larger screen. Streaming video also requires a robust, high-speed internet connection, which means that dial-up connections are too slow to deliver streaming videos adequately.

Simmons subcribes to VAST: Academic Video Online, a streaming media platform from Alexander Street Press (ASP) that  provides subject-specific video content developed by the BBC, Creative Arts Television, ArtHaus Musik, Pennebaker, Hegedus Films, Cunningham Dance Foundation, Insight Media and many other publishers and broadcast companies.

Helpful Online Resources

Streaming Video in the Classroom

If you use videos in your classes and are teaching an online or blended class, ask your librarian to help you find streaming videos that can be linked to or embedded in your course management system so that students don't have to come to the library to watch the films you want them to see. The Library has thousands of streaming videos in its collection, including documentaries, feature films and instructional videos.  Below are links to the main platforms that we currently have access to.  If you can't find what you need here, see Streaming Video at the Library for more!