Videos, Websites & Music

Using videos in your course:

In many ways, at Open Learning we treat videos like images. If there is a video you want students to watch, include the link in your file (e.g. module or lesson). We, your ID in consultation with the IP department, will then determine the optimal copyright level at which we will acquire the rights.

Your job is to:
  • Provide the exact link and/or reference of the video in your file.
  • Annotate the video with 1-2 sentences describing its content. This will help us get a replacement should the video disappear (which happens often).

Sources for Videos:

  • The Great Courses: The Great Courses is a US company that offers hundreds of high-end video courses taught by some of the world's top professors. Some of their videos may be appropriate for your course.

  • YouTube and Vimeo: "If you can't find it there, it has not yet been filmed yet." While this may be hyperbole, there is some truth to it. You can use these videos as long as they were uploaded by the copyrigth owner. For more info on YouTube copyright law, click here.

  • National Film Board of Canada: The TRU library has access to many of the films produced by the NFBC.

  • Creative Commons Content Directory Wiki: Directory of sites that use Creative Commons licensing; organized by media type: audio, video, image, text, other.

  • Free Video Lectures: Thousands of free video tutorials on a variety of subjects.

  • Hot Docs: Doc Library: Free Canadian documentaries.

  • Khan Academy: Over 3 300 educational videos covering a wide range of topics, including: math, science, finance and economics, humanities, and test prep. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0)

  • MIT Video-OpenCourseWare: Thousands of OpenCourseWare videos from MIT on a variety of subjects. License terms are stated with each video so ensure you check they permit downloading/streaming.

  • Wikimedia Commons: Permits the use of over 10 million media files. It is a media file repository that allows accessibility to public domain and freely-licensed educational media content. This includes images, sounds, and video clips.

  • JoVE is the first scientific video journal to which TRU has a subscription. If you are interested in any of the featured videos, let us know and we can apply for the copyright.

Sending students to websites:

Very likely, throughout your course, you will want to send students to different websites in order for them to collect information and analyze data. Unfortunately, websites are notoriously unstable: content is frequently moved or even removed. Thus, if a web page is needed for a graded activity and its link is broken, the assignment can become unworkable.

Here are a few solutions on how this issue can be addressed:

  • Take a screenshot: Our media department can be asked to take a screenshot (picture) of any webpage. It will look just like the original page, minus the interactivity (e.g. links will not work). This gives us a stable (but also non-evolving) file students can reliably work with.
    Of course, we will have to get the rights to do so, which is the job of our Open Learning IP Department. Simply indicate in your file (e.g. your module or lesson) what web pages you would like to have a screenshot taken of, and then list these pages in the following Requisition Form.

  • Give enough information: Give the students enough information that if the link had moved they could conduct a Google search and find the document anyway.

Adding Music to Your Course:

Are you thinking of incorporating music into your course? The following website curates a great diversity of creative commons musical works that can be used and remixed with only few (if any) strings attached.

Free Music Archive