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September 2014

Watch and learn

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.

civilwarAcademic 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

mediaeddinesMediaEd 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.

What it is: Early education & child development videos that makes children’s thought processes visible to viewers.
What to check out: The Special Education Assessment Playlist

understandingapaWheelock 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 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

Style by the Book – Daughter of Smoke and Bone

daughter smoke bone

Daughter of Smoke and Bone is the first in a trilogy written by Laini Taylor. The story introduces a world in which chimera and angels are trapped in a neverending war. Karou, a human teenage girl raised by chimera, struggles with her identity and mysterious past. She lives on earth, unaware of the feud that lurks just beyond in another world, running errands fetching teeth for her loving, but secretive chimera father. The story is unique and well-written with vibrant characters full of personality. As with many trilogies, the third book falls a little flat compared to the first two, but this series is still worth reading. For this Style by the Book, I decided to focus on Karou, and her best friend, Zusana. Feisty, loyal Zusana is easily my favorite character in the book.





Do you have a favorite book that you want to see featured on Style by the Book? Share your suggestions in the comments!

Learn to Do Just About Anything with LogoIf you’ve ever frantically Googled how to do something in a certain software program or wished you had a step-by-step guide to new programs, Wheelock has a great new resource for you available through the Earl Center. provides more than 2,400 online video courses on topics in technology for education, audio and video production, business, print and web design, programming, photography, and 3D and animation. courses are broken down into short videos of 10 minutes or less, narrated by professionals who take you through every step in the learning process. So you can do a complete course in one sitting, break it up by video or by chapter, or search for the specific task or topic without committing to a several hour course. All the tutorials include transcripts to help you follow along, and many options to adjust the speed of playback, toggle a pop-out window or bookmark specific points in a video. You can also use Lynda through their iOS and Android apps.

Lynda Screenshot

An example of the interface.

Not sure where to start? Check out some of the playlists our library staff members have created!

Tip: Click the “Save this playlist” button and log in to move the playlist to your personal account and watch at your leisure.

And of course, you can always explore on your own by selecting from the Databases A-Z tab on the library website. The summer is the perfect time to finally pursue that skill you’ve been telling yourself you’d learn!

Find great courses you think should be highlighted in a library playlist or a research guide? Comment below or send us an email.