Video is an engaging and relevant ways to draw learners in, diversify instruction and model skills. There are a variety of sources where you can find videos for teaching, and this page will give a few tips for teaching with video.
Below are some of our favourite video sources. Try a few in your teaching:
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:
Check out more videos on the Library Services YouTube channel.
Recently rebranded from Lynda.com, 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:
- Learning how to produce a podcast as an alternative assessment item.
- As an alternative or in addition to text based instructions you may already be using;
- To support your own skills development and further your capacity to teach with varied software.
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.
Everything 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.
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:
- inspire learners and establish common purpose at the beginning of a course or unit;
- improve language acquisition and active listening skills;
- have students evaluate the effectiveness of presentation and public speaking skills.
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 official or verified channels from reliable content creators, making sure the video was actually created by the uploader.
- Filter a YouTube search and select Creative Commons licensed videos. These videos are openly licensed for reuse.
- Our Library staff give good advice when searching for videos online. Make sure you’re aware of your responsibilities when using and citing videos from YouTube.
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.