New Database of Streaming Videos Available for Teaching and Learning

Alden Library Instruction Coordinator Lorraine Wochna speaks during a Brown Bag presentation about streaming video content at the Libraries. Photo by Lauren Pond/Ohio University Libraries
Alden Library Instruction Coordinator lorraine wochna speaks during a Brown Bag presentation about streaming video content at the Libraries.
Photo by Lauren Pond/Ohio University Libraries

Last week during a brown bag discussion, subject librarians lorraine wochna and Hilary Bussell introduced a new tool to Ohio University faculty members that could encourage engagement in classrooms.  Instructors who attended the information session were shown how to utilize VAST: Academic Video Online, a new streaming video collection resource available to students and staff.

The website has over 20,000 videos, including newsreels, clips, documentaries and films, and the collection is constantly growing.  The videos cover many subjects and even a few different languages.

After registering for an account, users can make shareable clips and create playlists, making it an ideal video learning tool for instructors who want to share content with students. The clips also include a link that the creator can easily share or embed.

During the information session, professors were shown the variety of search options, ranging from simple and general searches to ones that are detailed and specific.  Users can also browse videos by discipline (WGS, POLS, etc.) or by material type (campaign commercials).

VAST also provides a keyword search within transcripts, a useful feature of most videos found on the site.  Transcripts can be printed off to use as handouts or reference sheets.

Instructors were encouraged to take advantage of VAST video streaming both as an in-class device and as reference material for students outside of class.

These academic videos can help add a captivating video element to the classroom for both students and professors.  To discover how to easily register for a free account in VAST and how to begin creating clips, visit Alden Library’s Streaming Video Content page.  Start exploring VAST now and see how you can best make use of this new tool.