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Syracuse University Libraries

Film and Video Guide

A guide to identifying, locating, and viewing video collections.

Using Film and Video - Instructional Use

In-person classroom use of DVDs, VHS, and physical format film and video:

  • Reserving DVDs, VHS and physical format film and video for use in in-person classrooms:
    • Faculty and graduate students can reserve DVDs/VHS using MediaNet; please see Submitting Course Reserve Materials, on the Course Reserves page, which provides detailed information about the following three options:
      • You supply the item and bring it to the Bird Library or Carnegie check out desk.
      • Library staff will pull the item from the stacks if currently owned by SU Libraries.
      • You can request that SU Libraries purchase an item for a course using the Suggest a Title form, or contact a subject librarian to request a title. Please allow 4 – 6 weeks for the item to be available.
  • Classroom equipment:
    • Sims Hall room 337 has a region 2 (Europe) DVD player.
    • ITS Learning Environments and Media Production (LEMP) has the following available for loan for 48 hours by SU faculty or staff:
    • Region 1 (US) DVD players
    • Two Region 3 (Asia Pacific, Taiwan, and Korea) DVD players
    • Request form for the above.

In-person classroom use of streaming video:

  • Streaming video titles can be linked to in Blackboard (recommended), or by providing the direct link to the film on a syllabus.
  • For access to streaming video currently available from SU Libraries, visit this guide’s page on How to find and request films and videos.

Online class use of streaming video:

  • What to know:  Films are commonly screened in class or assigned for independent watching.  When meeting face-to-face you (usually) can screen films for an entire class at once, including full length feature films or documentaries.  But when you are teaching online you (usually) cannot.  If you are using films for your online or hybrid courses, it is often best to plan for students to watch them on their own.
    • Streaming video titles can be linked to in Blackboard (recommended), or by providing students with the direct link to the film
    • Some possible exceptions where screening of the film or video may sometimes occur during online or hybrid courses might involve cases where:
    • When planning your instruction, remember video streams do not playback well within web conferencing platforms like Zoom, MS Teams or Blackboard Collaborate; if students are assigned viewing that fits within class time, favor directing students to SU Libraries video access points, using separate browser windows outside of those virtual classroom platforms.