or just be entertained so much that you’re learning anyways! Is that sneaky or what? It is no surprise that video is used in many classrooms to enhance learning and discovery, as it is used in our own lives outside of the classroom to learn things for own edification – from investigating what goes into forging Mjolnir (swordsmiths still exist!) to learning more about the world of sleep and dreams and whether it is really just a biological process.
Video engages both our sense of sight and sound (and maybe even smell in the near future. The Digital Olfaction Society is a real thing!) and stimulates interest and investment in a topic. When I was in school, videos weren’t shown often. When they were shown- it was a nice break from the lecture format. It also made me think about the instructor’s intent in choosing to show a video and in what he had chosen to show.
With streaming video, it has become almost effortless to access video content on a variety of subjects, especially with many device options for playing them. Wheelock offers many great, carefully-curated collections that you can watch because you want to teach something, learn something, or just watch anything because you’re in watch-anything kind of mood.
Academic Video Online (highlighted last year here)
What it is: 20,000 videos on a variety of subjects. On top of your usual Wheelock-y subjects, it includes fashion videos, Asian documentaries, business education videos, and silent films.
What to check out: Videofashion Collections, Vol. 4, Ep. 28: Best of New York (2013), Civil War: The Cause
MediaEd Streaming (highlighted last year here)
What it is: Documentaries that encourage viewers to think critically about the media and our consumption of it.
What to check out: Pornland: How the Porn Industry Has Hijacked Our Sexuality. This was added to the collection only 2 weeks ago. It is based on a book written by Wheelock professor, Gail Dines.
Wheelock College Library YouTube Channel
What it is: Library videos, featuring e-Learning & Reference Librarian, Maric Kramer, on how to find information that you need for your papers and assignments.
What to check out: Understanding APA Citations
What it is: Video tutorials on technology for education, audio and video production, business, print and web design, programming, photography, and 3D and animation.
What to check out: Introduction to Graphic Design (you’d need to log into Lynda.com first)
Wheelock College YouTube Channel
What it is: Videos about Wheelock, what Wheelock does, and its mission to inspire a world of good. When you’re buried in work, it’s nice to be reminded why you picked Wheelock in the first place and also, it’s weird and cool at the same time to see your professors and classmates on YouTube.
What to check out: You Have to Be Tough to Serve