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Navigating Multimedia: Finding Internet Video Resources
SLOAN - C International Conference on Online Learning "Online Learning, Teaching, and Research in the New Media Ecology" (2011)
  • Julie A DeCesare, Providence College

The Internet has quickly become a resource for multimedia and video content. Search engines have tools to help mine for visual content, but finding videos content creates different challenges in comparison to text. My presentation will give tips on searching for multimedia content and showcase some video collections and resources.

From filmstrips, beta, S-VHS, VHS, DVD, to streaming video -- video content has been used in physical classrooms. There is now an immense amount of video content available on the Web for online educators, but how do you get to it? A brief inquiry of a search engines just scratch the surface for visual and multimedia content. There are many websites out there showcasing historical, cultural, or educational video content. This presentation will provide tips for searching visual content on the Web. Various search engines, keywords, file formats, and advance search fields, can assist users in finding multimedia or visual content. The presentation will also showcase video collections available (beyond YouTube), with a focus on free, educational content and initiatives from libraries, museums, and content distributors. While showcasing these online video resources, the presenter will encourage and educate the attendees about these points: * Some of these websites are corporate or commerical, while others are library, archive, and educational initiatives. Most of these sites are free, but will include advertising or additional fees for subscription service. * As search engines develop and become more advanced, we will see the search functions become more intuitive and streamlined. Until then, it is best to be as specific as possible when adding a term to the search box. Also, look for "Advanced Search" capabilities; they will include additional fields to narrow your search. * Some sites give an option for a "Family Filter" or "Safe Search" to weed out adult content, others do not. * Make sure the Internet browser you are using (Firefox, Safari, AOL, Internet Explorer, etc.) permits pop-up windows. * Most sites that allow you to upload video content are protected by the On-Line Copyright Infringement Liability Limitation Act (OCILLA), a provision of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act Section 512. These provisions are designed to shelter service providers from the infringing activities of their customers. The internet service is required to delete any infringing content, if notified and requested to do so by the copyright holder. * Certain requirements can affect how well you can view or listen to content on your computer. Operating systems, file formats, software requirements, browser limitations, and broadband speed, can all affect the quality of the sound or image. Most likely, an error message will appear on your screen, if there is an issue. It is also a good idea to check "About" or "FAQ" of the website to read about multimedia technical requirements. Some examples of websites and collections mentioned in the presentation are: Living Room Candidate from the American Museum of the Moving Image Folkstreams Internet Archive In Plain English HowStuffWorks -Video Center ARKive Encyclopedia of Life Moving Image Collection ,plus several more In addition to the presentation, the presenter will also provide a link to material covered and presented, which includes additional resources. The presentation is geared towards researchers, educators, librarians, and instructional designers, from all institutional levels: K-12, Community Colleges, and Universities/Four Year Institutions. The presentation is designed as an 'Extended Information' workshop, or could also be designed as a '1/2 day Pre-Conference Workshop'. If chosen to do a 1/2 day workshop, I will include hands-on searching and invite attendees to share resources they've found with the group.

  • multimedia,
  • video,
  • search,
  • educational digital resources
Publication Date
Fall November 11, 2011
Citation Information
DeCesare, Julie. Navigating Multimedia: Finding Internet Video Resources. SLOAN - C International Conference on Online Learning. Orlando, FL. Nov. 2011.