Films on Demand: Streaming video for SFU coursesPublished by Mark Bodnar
Happy Monday, all — and Happy "First Day of Classes!"
In our current remote-only world, many instructors and students are looking for streaming videos to liven up classes. With that in mind, the SFU Library has started a short-term subscription to a collection of over 34,000 videos in all subject areas: the Films on Demand: Master Academic Collection.
Here are a few examples of videos from the collection that seem relevant to Business & Economics:
- 3 Steps to Critical Thinking
- Vice Special Report: The Future of Work
- Ecological Economics
- Beyond Innovation - A 30-part series
- Social Business
- Mission Possible: Cradle-to-Cradle Design
- Finance Should Serve Society
- The Fantasy of Money: Are There Alternatives to Currency?
- Negotiating for Success
If you want to provide links to such videos in your courses, you have a few options:
(a) The titles of individual films/videos are listed in our library catalogue, with direct links to each item in the database. You could direct your students to specific titles by giving them the "permalink" from the relevant catalogue record. See the links above for examples.
(b) Within the database itself, each film has a direct URL that includes our library's proxy server settings in it. You can email such links to students or post them in Canvas and your students will be required to authenticate as current SFU researchers before being redirected to the video.
For example, this link -- https://fod-infobase-com.proxy.lib.sfu.ca/p_ViewVideo.aspx?xtid=203358 — would take you through our authentication system and straight to a video about "Disaster Capitalism."
(c) If you only want students to watch selected segments of a video, you could click on that segment title (to the right of the video image), then click on "Share" below the image, then click on the Link tab, and copy the URL that shows up and provide it to students.
As with the link in (b) above, it will have our proxy server information embedded in it, but this time it will take people through our SFU authentication and directly to that segment. See, for instance, this link.
(d) Finally, if you click on the "segments" link that is below the video image (the one with scissors next to it), you can create a link to a custom segment by providing the start/end times for the portion that you want students to watch. This extra feature of the database requires that you create your own (free) user account on the FoD site. See this Help page for details: Creating and Saving Custom Video Segments
Need more streaming video options? Many Business/Economics instructors find LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com) to be useful. And if your class is about complex research methods, then Sage Research Methods. Video might be useful. See also Criterion on Demand for "Educationally relevant feature films and some documentaries for the Canadian Post Secondary Market."
May your Summer 2020 courses go smoothly!
Business & Economics Librarian