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Streaming Video

When incorporating video into an online course, the following process should be used.

1. If a copyright-compliant streaming video can be found on a public site, such as YouTube, Vimeo, or in a streaming video database to which Connelly Library provides access, it should be accessed from that location. Canvas provides several tools to interface directly with YouTube or the streaming video services with which La Salle University has a partnership, such as NBC. Additionally, Films On Demand, AlexanderStreet and Commons Favorites are available in Canvas edit mode by clicking on the plug icon. Use of these services is preferable, as no additional consideration needs to be made regarding copyright clearance for the material. The Media and Digital Services Librarian is available to help faculty find appropriate videos in the Library’s video databases and evaluate the copyright status of free videos found online.

2. If an acceptable video cannot be found on a public site or Library database, it may be available for purchase or license in a streaming version. Connelly Library’s Head of Acquisitions can assist faculty in determining whether a streaming version is available. The Library can order streaming videos for faculty but cannot provide funding for these purchases. An appropriate budget line, and approval of the Director or Chair of the program in which the course is offered, must be provided before the order is placed. Note: Students can be referred to streaming sites to rent films for a minimal cost.

3. If you cannot find suitable video content using options 1 or 2, you may use commercial video content as long as the following policies are followed.

a. The video content must be legally acquired and the video must be converted from the original DVD. Legally acquired content refers to a DVD that has been purchased from the copyright holder, or borrowed, so long as the actual commercial DVD is used in the conversion to a digital format such as MPEG4.

b. The content must be removed from the DVD without circumventing encryption technologies. It is illegal to circumvent DVD content encryption, even for academic purposes.

c. The video content used must be tied to an instructional objective in the course, and must be a reasonable portion of the entire work.

Always upload video through Panopto so that the file size is not counted against your course content capacity and closed captioning is added.