You want to Web Enhance Your course without recreating the Wheel? Use Videos to Enrich Your Content with a multimedia approach.
There are several great sites to search for valuable educational content for your course and in this blog we will outline a few.
YouTube is the most popular site to host videos – both from mainstream publishers, like the Royal Family and The Whitehouse – as well as general users. YouTube is now the second largest search engine in the world. It hosts both informational and instructional videos, including “screencasts”, i.e. video recordings of screen activity that shows you how to use software or work through websites, etc.
YouTube EDU – aggregates all the videos from more than 100 institutions of higher education around the US.
There is also a direct link in Blackboard to Youtube so the integration is easy!
More General video sites
Academic Earth – Thousands of video lectures from the world’s top scholars
Google Video – videos on all topics
TED videos – ideas worth spreading; riveting talks by remarkable people worldwide
Vimeo – a thriving community of people who love to make and share video
Finallyunderstand.com- offers videos related to mathematics, physics, electronics concept videos
Don’t forget the NBC Lean Video archives that are resource tools inside of Blackboard and your textbook course sites such as McGrawHill. Both of these content providers have partnerships and integrations with Blackboard Learn.
How To video sites
Graspr – The instructional video network
Howcast – How-to videos
5min Life Videopedia – instructional and how-to videos
SuTree – Learn virtually everything by watching how to videos from all over the web
Video Jug – Life explained. On film.
One tip for implementation: When you are adding these components to your Blackboard course make sure that you are linking to the material instead of embedding the video.