Jane Hart’s 25 Places to Find Instructional Videos

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Today, many instructional and training videos are created and uploaded daily to the Web by professionals, educators, trainers, designers, and even students.  Many of these videos are well produced and can be used in teaching and training. As an educator, I always try to find and use existing free instructional videos for my courses before considering producing my own videos.  However, finding free and suitable instructional videos online requires some techniques of searching.  Jane Hart, a Social Learning Consultant and founder of the Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies at UK, did a terrific job of compiling a list “25 places to find instructional videos.”  Below is a list of her recommended places that offer free instructional videos (on all subjects):

  1. 5min Life Videopedia – instructional and how-to videos
  2. Academic Earth – Thousands of video lectures from the world’s top scholars
  3. blip.tv – next generation TV network
  4. Google Video – videos on all topics
  5. Graspr – The instructional video network
  6. Howcast – How-to videos
  7. iCue – A fun, innovative, learning environment built around video from the NBC News Archives
  8. Instructables – Make, HowTo and DIY
  9. iTunes U – Faculty are using iTunes U to distribute digital lessons to their students, e.g Stangord, Trinity College Dublin, etc.
  10. John Locker – Documentaries and educational videos
  11. MindBites – Video instructional marketplace and publishing platform (Some free)
  12. MonkeySee – HowTo videos
  13. neoK12 – free educational videos and lessons for K-12 school kids
  14. Research Channel – 3,500 video titles available
  15. SchoolTube – provides students and educators with a safe, world class, video sharing webiste
  16. Sparkeo – a flexible video platform
  17. SuTree – learn virtually everything by watching how to videos from all over the web.
  18. TeacherTube – educational videos
  19. TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) – a clearinghouse that offers free knowledge and inspiration from the world’s most inspired thinkers, and also a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other.
  20. TV Lesson – How to videos
  21. Ustream – watch live broadcasts, explore networks ranging from music, talk shows, sports and politics and/or review our past broadcasts.
  22. Video Jug – Life explained. On film.
  23. Vimeo – a thriving community of people who love to make and share videos
  24. YouTube – videos on everything under the sun
  25. YouTube EDU – aggregates all the videos from more than 100 institutions of higher education around the US.

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About Steve Yuen

I am a Professor Emeritus of Instructional Technology and Design at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, United States.
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7 Responses to Jane Hart’s 25 Places to Find Instructional Videos

  1. jwoodwards says:

    A new paradigm is being embraced by the educational community. Academicians are sharing information in a more free and open manner. The movement towards producing these free instructional videos is one representation of open source learning.

    I specifically used the term “embraced” because the concept of freely sharing information has been around for quite some time. However, in recent centuries, exposure to the most highly esteemed professors and research has been retained for those privileged few that attended renowned universities or colleges.

    However, the current move towards open source learning is shaking that concept, and teachers are actually embracing the transfer of knowledge to the masses. Obviously, the advent of the internet and video facilitate this movement. Therefore, it could be argued that the willingness was always there among academicians but the medium for disbursement was not available. Some teachers still choose to horde knowledge, but the movement towards collaboration is slowly turning that tide.

    Jane Hart has done a fabulous job in compiling this list. Such a list allows current teachers to tap into a global knowledge base. In addition, the line of thought contained in one video might spark a new idea or direction in a teacher or student. Yet this idea might never be born if exposure to a broad knowledge base was not accessible. Using this bank of videos could prevent teachers from having to reinvent the wheel. In addition, using a prepared video saves time and allows teachers to focus on other areas involved with instruction. Finally, prepared videos are excellent for those teachers that are not tech savvy or lack experience in producing videos.

  2. tdedeaux says:

    I had no idea how many different places there are where videos are available.

    I have a few concerns about instructional videos, however. I’ve found two concerns

    The first one is a personal one, in which I find video tutorials to be a poor guide for doing something in a program, because the video is linear, and not very easy to jump back and forth throughout, in order to re-examine instructions and help for working in an application. I actually find text and picture tutorials much more helpful.

    The second is more pedagogical. Videos are, by their nature, presentational, rather than interactive, linear, rather than user-directed.

    Though videos can be useful, I think there’s a lot of danger in over-relying on them.

  3. Christine Mark says:

    I think Jane Hart did a fabulous job compiling this list of sites containing instructional videos. I look for videos to use in my classes every day. I think that using videos is a great way to add additional content to a lecture and to provide the students with an additional way to learn the material. The problem I have is trying to locate quality, pertinent videos. Sometimes I go through a hundred just to find one I think can add value due to the sheer quantity of videos on the Internet and the questionable content in many of them. If I am going to use video in my class and take up precious class time I have to be certain it is going to be worth the time and enhance my lecture.

    The only issue I found with Jane Hart’s list, which is purely due to my teaching situation (I teach business courses at the college level), is that it seems to be geared towards K-12 teachers and thus the videos cover areas like science and history. I have mainly used YouTube and TeacherTube to search for videos and have not had much luck finding good business videos on other sites. They may exist and may be there for the finding. Perhaps one day you will have a post from an educator who has compiled a list of discipline-specific higher education videos like Jane has done here.

  4. Madelon Gruich says:

    I find that students enjoy videos and use them on occasion in some of my classes, specifically to support certain topics. While not all classes are conducive to the use of videos on a consistent basis, any use of multimedia or materials to add spice to the content is certainly worth a second look. Even though my classes are technical in nature, I sometimes add a video clip or YouTube video to my reference section or to a chapter section on my course sites. Even when I cannot afford to take class time to show a lengthy video, students seem to enjoy having additional information to view. I find that even community college students can appreciate a simple video about a difficult concept or topic and that the simplistic message may be just the thing some of the students need to fully understand what is being taught.

    The main focus of Medical Terminology courses in my program is to introduce as many medical terms to the student as possible. Making sure they understand the meanings and how to use them in the correct context is a constant concern. Many times, a video about the functioning of a body part of organ system may help the students remember the terms associated with each. If students see the heart beat and how the blood circulates through the heart, they may remember the vocabulary and be able to use the words when needed. Finding the time to locate suitable videos is always a challenge, so I appreciate this list of sites to help me in the search.

  5. Kaylene says:

    I’m with you on this one. If you can find someone else who has put in all the time to create the instructional video, don’t do it yourself — unless you disagree with the video, that is. Playing around on monkeysee.com, I typed in “crochet” and watched a short clip of how to hold the yarn and make chains. I don’t do it the way she suggested, and I wouldn’t teach it that way. Still, this illustrates the point that you have to be careful about planning to use videos unless you are familiar with the topic so you can judge the accuracy. Just because it is out there (like Wikipedia, for instance) doesn’t mean it is accurate!

    I visited a few of the sites on Jane’s list. I even watched a five-minute episode of a dorky “Office” ripoff on Blip.tv. It did make me think about how much fun a class would have creating a short TV series with small episodes to illustrate topics they have learned. I can see an interpersonal communication class having a lot of fun doing short videos that illustrate something like personal space vs. public space. A journalism class could demonstrate interview techniques they have learned. And so on.

    Using videos in class is a great idea. I have found a few dealing with language that I use and the students love them. Still, I think educators have to be careful about making a class all about entertainment. I know this is the “entertain me” generation, but some learning has to go on in there as well. I only use videos to illustrate a point. Today, for instance, we talked about spelling, so I showed them a short video on the history of spelling that I made in a previous class (you can find it on youtube). Youtube has been my main source for searching, but I think I’ll be searching some of the other sites to augment my course now.

  6. Jacquelyn Johnston says:

    Thank you for writing this blog and providing Jane Hart’s 25 Places to Find Instructional Videos. Since you made this post, I have referred to the list several times to assist me in instruction. I have also shared the information with many of my peers. Most of my teacher friends have been shocked that there are sites like these providing free videos for instructions. Two years ago, we had United Streaming Videos for use in our classrooms. That connection has been cut the past two years because of the cost involved. With the threat of additional school budget cuts constantly the topic in the news, it is very encouraging that there are free tools available to integrate into learning activities, as I seek to provide appropriate learning environments for my 2nd grade though 6th grade gifted students. I do not spend a lot of time showing videos, but there are certainly places where their usage is appropriate for instruction and enhancement in learning. Using a variety of tools in instruction increases the chances of connecting with the many styles of learning within one classroom. These instructional videos can be integrated into learning as instruction is geared to individual differences among learners.
    There are times when it is appropriate to use a video for the entire class and there are other times when viewing in small groups is more appropriate. The length of many of the videos, lends itself to learning centers in the classroom. Another idea for usage would be for the student to find the appropriate video for their presentation or independent study. This is a very useful post. Thank you for sharing.

  7. Ahu says:

    This is certainly worth bookmarking. I am impressed and encouraged with what jwoodwards very acutely defined as the trend towards “embracing” a more free and open sharing of ideas. While, in the past, the hard work of teachers to build Webquests or design unit plans tended towards a hoarding of this knowledge, teachers are beginning to realize that sharing (both by offering their own work and adapting what others have accomplished) can improve their own professional ability as well as provide a greater positive impact for a wider range of students.

    There are certainly markings of a change in paradigm, or mindset towards sharing and collaboration. I remember most, if not all, teachers I knew only a decade ago that would not have been caught dead on a youtube-type video, although they were confident of their teaching and had some incredible lesson activities which they could have shared with others. The increased openness and willingness to provide one’s personal work is enabling this shift towards enriching education globally.

    The vast supply of educational videos which are available is such that instructors have no excuse for failing to enliven class lectures or activities with multi-media content which will arouse the attention and motivate learners. At the same time, a collaborative environment is being fostered which encourages all educators to contribute content which has been successful in their instructional design. The additional potential of breaking down barriers among educators internationally is also very promising. I, personally, was very encouraged by my trip to Pennsylvania last year for a conference, at which many attendees shared information, including online resources and access to websites, which would provide mutual sources of inspiration and content for our instruction.

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