Instructors often link to or embed videos from YouTube in their online courses, and certainly YouTube houses some great videos from great organizations on just about any topic. However, instructors need to be aware that, if they are willing to search a bit further, they can increase their offering of extraordinary videos to their students for greater learning and interactivity. Here are just a few examples:
Leadership in Focus: I first heard of this impressive website from a professor who teaches in the MBA program at Northern Kentucky University. Offered by the Center for Leadership Development and Research at Stanford Graduate School of Business, Leadership in Focus is a remarkable site for real-life, scenario-based videos and related resources on business and leadership topics. As the website states, “The meaningful leadership learning comes from involving participants in relevant, often emotional dilemmas and urging them to react on the spot and rely on their own instincts, values, and judgments.” The scenarios are true and allow for a great discussion among students. Perhaps most remarkable is that the resource is free for educators.
PBS LearningMedia: I discovered this resource just a few days ago, and it looks quite promising. Also free for educators, PBS LearningMedia offers access to plenty of classroom-ready videos on a number of subjects like science, math, and the arts. Upon creating an account on the site, you are redirected to a site affiliated with your geographic area: in my case, the site became PBS LearningMedia as a service of Kentucky Educational Television (KET) EncycloMedia. Much of the media seems geared to K-12 education, but instructors in higher education will likely find quality resources as well.
Independent Television Service, Inc. (ITVS): The ITVS website offers too much to explain fully in this small blog post, and I honestly haven’t even gotten my head fully around it yet. As the website states, the organization “funds, presents, and promotes award-winning documentaries and dramas on public television and cable, innovative new media projects on the Web, and the Emmy Award-winning weekly series Independent Lens.” The site does not appear to house the videos themselves but, rather, provides a directory of videos on a particular topic and then offers the appropriate access information (such as directing one to PBS Independent Lens videos and Amazon Instant Video). This is definitely a site I need to explore further, as it seems to offer such an immense amount of great educational video.
Films on Demand: A last resource I will mention very briefly is one that my university/employer offers instructors and hopefully that yours does, too. The university’s Films on Demand subscription offers free digital educational videos on a variety of topics, ranging from anthropology to biology to history and political science.
This list of websites with video resources is by no means complete, but it does help to show that YouTube is not an instructor’s only source of quality instructional videos for their courses. Let the exploration begin!