Working with Video in the Classroom

American History in Video

One of the video databases Swem subscribes to, American History in Video.

Swem Library in collaboration with Academic Technology hosted a recent brown bag on video resources as the second part of a three-part series called Thinking About Next Semester:  Simple Tools You Can Use to Enhance Your Classes. The “Working with Video in the Classroom” brown bag featured three presentations on the video resources available to faculty for teaching and research.  In this post I’ll cover what each presenter talked about in the session and identify highlights you might find helpful from the Adobe Connect recording of the session. If you’re interested, you might also want to read my post on the first brown bag about using images in the classroom.

At this brown bag, we had three brief presentations:

  • First, the director of the Swem Media Center, Troy Davis, shared an overview of the video resources available.
  • Next, Arts Reference Librarian Kathleen DeLaurenti introduced us to two video collection databases available via Swem – American History in Video and Films on Demand.
  • Last, our own Academic Technologist for the humanities, Mike Blum, showed us how to quickly and easily capture a video clip using the application Jing.

Below I’ve compiled a brief description of highlights for each person’s presentation with time stamps from the recording of the session in case you’re interested in learning more.


Overview of Swem Media Center Services

Media Center

Use the Swem Media Center for video in the classroom!

In this segment of the video, Troy talks about:

  • How creativity has a space at the Media Center – you bring your ideas, and media center staff are there to help you figure out the technology side of things (0:00:01)
  • The kinds of things that the staff at the media center can do for you (0:02:55)
  • The production hardware, software, and other equipment/resources available for you to use (0:08:48)
  • The spaces available to do video and audio projects (0:10:30)

Troy also provided his contact information (0:11:50) and encourages you to contact him if you’re interested in doing a media-related project, or talking about the possibilities for such a project. As a W&M faculty member, you can also request a consultation via this website.


Overview of Swem’s Video Databases

Films on Demand Logo

Films on Demand has lots of great videos available to use for teaching and research.

In this segment of the video, Kathleen shows how to use American History in Video to:

  • Browse and search the collection (0:19:00)
  • Create a playlist of clips (0:19:55)
  • Use some of the cool features when looking at a specific video – read film transcripts, copy links for embedding on another site (like Blackboard), and make smaller clips from a whole film (0:20:50)
  • Use a mobile device to scan a QR code and play clips on your smart phone (0:22:40)
  • How to put videos or clips of videos on Blackboard (0:26:35)

Kathleen also shows us the database Films on Demand, explaining how to:

  • Browse and search the collection (0:29:25)
  • Use pre-made segments of films (although you can’t make your own clips like with American History inVideo) (0:31:35)
  • Use a playlist in Blackboard (0:32:40)

Be sure to contact Kathleen with questions about either of these databases.


How to Quickly and Easily Make a Video Clip


Using Jing to capture a clip from West Side Story

In this segment of the video, Mike:

  • Gives an overview of Jing and what it can do (0:39:20)
  • Demonstrates how to make a clip (up to 5 minutes long) from a DVD (0:41:45)
  • Shows how to preview and upload the clip you’ve made to YouTube (00:44:35)
  • Explains how to download a YouTube video (0:51:35)


Our next in this series of posts on the brown bags Thinking About Next Semester:  Simple Tools You Can Use to Enhance Your Classes will be on using reference managers (like RefWorks, Zotero, and Mendeley) to capture and manage sources and citations.

About Kim Mann

Kim Mann is the editor and a writer for the Academic Technology Blog. She earned her BA in English from the University of Minnesota in 2003 and her MA in American Studies from William & Mary in 2009, and her PhD in American Studies at the College in 2014. Her research is on technology, the interface, and the body in mid-twentieth century science fiction.