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Streaming Video @ The University of Alabama: UA Faculty

Using Streaming Video in Your Class

Tips for using streaming video in your class

  • Make sure streaming video is the best option for you. Some films may not be available via streaming.
  • Be aware of the accessibility features of the specific video that you use. Most of the library's streaming video content is subtitled and provides transcript access, but check for options before you show or assign a video for class.
  • Link directly to or embed a video in Blackboard for convenient access if students are assigned to watch individually.
  • Always test your link ahead of time with the equipment you are planning to use if you are showing a film in a face-to-face class.
  • Refer to the Public Showings of Films tab for more information about when and where you may legally screen a film if you plan to do so outside of a face-to-face classroom environment and/or as a part of an extra-curricular activity (clubs, special events, public lectures, etc.)
  • Remember that films cannot be shown through video conferencing tools like Zoom, Skype, or Teams. Doing so could be a violation of copyright law and/or terms of service.
  • Check access to the film you need just prior to when the film is shown or assigned. Some platforms occasionally lose the rights to host a film and remove it from the platform without warning. We regret that this can happen while the film is being used as a part of a class.