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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.
Sims Hall room 337 has a region 2 (Europe) DVD player.
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:
You are watching film or video content you or students have created
Explicit permission was granted by the copyright owner
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.