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Video Resources: FOR FACULTY: Using Videos in Courses

Note to Faculty:

The electronic resources available through Seneca Libraries are an excellent source of authoritative and -- from the student perspective -- inexpensive resources for your classes. In this era of expensive print textbooks, faculty may wish to take advantage of this and help their students by substituting the traditional print textbook with our database content or perhaps with one of our streamed videos.

Thinking about using a video in your class?

We acquire information resources that support your curriculum and students. Please contact the Liaison Librarians for your particular program(s) so that we can look into obtaining appropriate titles for coursework.

If you are considering assigning a video as compulsory viewing in a course, first please read the information below on the left, and also refer to the chart of databases either below or on the right.

Home Subscription Services: Netflix, Crave, etc.

Any public performance of a video from personal video subscription services such as Netflix, Crave, Amazon Prime, Disney+, etc. -- even in an educational institution -- is a violation of those services' Terms of Use. You have access to that content as an individual consumer, but that access does not extend to, nor can it be transferred to, the institution at which you work or attend.

We're unable to acquire access to services like these that are personal-user/username-and-password-based since these resources aren't readily licensed to educational institutions. Instructors should note that we're also unable to acquire e-textbooks with PIN numbers for the same reason. 

Netflix does allow a very small number of its titles to be shown in educational settings. Note that they do not allow any and all Netflix titles to be shown in the classroom, only some selected documentaries. The permitted titles are ones that contain the words "GRANT OF PERMISSION FOR EDUCATIONAL SCREENINGS" in their descriptions on https://media.netflix.com/en/. Please see this Netflix post for further information -- https://help.netflix.com/en/node/57695 -- but also note that there is no guarantee that those films are available in the Canadian version of Netflix.

Details of Streamed Video Counts, by Collection

Streamed Video Databases (as of 1 May 2021)

Database Name No. of Video Titles No. of Users Perpetual Access or Subscription?
Films on Demand
145 854

Unlimited simultaneous user site licence

Subscription (Master Academic Collection and Technical Education Collection): These are leased collections and titles in these collections can appear and disappear without warning.
Kanopy 22 806

Unlimited simultaneous user site licence

Subscription: This is a leased collection and titles in these collections can appear and disappear without warning.

Curio.ca (including CBC News in Review)

9 819

Unlimited simultaneous user site licence

Subscription: This is a leased collection and titles in these collections can appear and disappear without warning.
NFB.ca (National Film Board of Canada
6 402

Unlimited simultaneous user site licence

Subscription: This is a leased collection and titles in these collections can appear and disappear without warning.
Safari Books Online (also known as OReilly for Higher Education)
6 140

Unlimited simultaneous user site licence

Subscription: This is a leased collection and titles in these collections can appear and disappear without warning.
Skillsoft Books (formerly known as Books24x7)
4 639

Unlimited simultaneous user site licence

Subscription (Leadership Channel Videos): This is a leased collection and titles in these collections can appear and disappear without warning.
Criterion on Demand 4 372 Unlimited simultaneous user site licence Subscription, both a larger subscription collection and some short-term individually-licensed titles: Titles in the larger subscription collection can appear and disappear without warning.
Nursing & Allied Health Premium (videos from Alexander Street Press) 2 968 Unlimited simultaneous user site licence Subscription: This is a leased collection and titles in these collections can appear and disappear without warning.
JoVE Science Education
1 282

Unlimited simultaneous user site licence

Subscription: This is a leased collection and titles in these collections can appear and disappear without warning.
Audio Cine Films 921 Unlimited simultaneous user site licence Subscription: This is a leased collection and titles in these collections can appear and disappear without warning.
Engineering Case Studies Online
294
Unlimited simultaneous user site licence Subscription: This is a leased collection and titles in these collections can appear and disappear without warning.
Seneca Libraries Streaming on MS Stream
172
Unlimited simultaneous user site licence Perpetual access: Seneca Libraries holds long-term access to these titles.
Safetyhub 120 Unlimited simultaneous user site licence Subscription: This is a leased collection and titles in these collections can appear and disappear without warning.
Aesthetic VideoSource: VideoShelf 93 Unlimited simultaneous user site licence Subscription: This is a leased collection and titles in these collections can appear and disappear without warning.
Destination Development Association Resource Center 65?* Unlimited simultaneous user site licence Subscription: This is a leased collection and titles in these collections can appear and disappear without warning.
McNabb Connolly Streaming Video Collection 6 Unlimited simultaneous user site licence Subscription: This is a leased collection and titles in these collections can appear and disappear without warning.
University of Fashion ?** Unlimited simultaneous user site licence Subscription: This is a leased collection and titles in these collections can appear and disappear without warning.
TOTAL
205 953***
   

* Destination Development Association Resource Center: It is not possible to get a count. The category headings used to have distinct titles in each. The vendor now has eight headings with some titles under more than one heading. The approximate number of total titles is 65.

**University of Fashion: It is not possible to get a count. The videos are divided into 13 Lessons/Disciplines, but there is much overlap with some titles under more than one Lesson heading.

***Also note that there are other databases that are primarily for periodicals and periodical articles that do have some video content in them, but there is no easy way to get accurate counts of these.