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030310NewsAndNotes_FilmsA humanities professor wants to show a clip of a film. Some possible options? The professor could locate a dvd. Or perhaps consider YouTube.

There’s a new way. “Films on Demand” offers 46,000 online excepts from films in the humanities and the social sciences.

“Both full titles and clips can be imbedded in Blackboard and used for online or hybrid classes,” said Nanny Foster, the Teaching and Learning Center’s coordinator of media services. “It makes possible in-class projection without having to have the dvd in hand.

There is also the option of faculty using clips from titles. These are well indexed and inclue 46,000 choices. Both full titles and clips can be imbedded in Blackboard.

UNCG began offering the service in mid-February. No other Triad institutions offer it. Duke and UNC Chapel Hill began offering it a few weeks earlier.

The number of films offered may be expanded in the future to cover the other disciplines and areas, depending on how popular the service proves to be.

In addition, “It means 24/7 access for students with computer and internet connections,” she said.

Staff members may view the films as well. No password is needed on campus, Foster says. She adds that off campus, you’d need to enter your Novel username and password.

To access the service and the data base of films, visit the University Libraries’ Databases By Title web page,  then click F. You will then be at the “F page” – http://library.uncg.edu/dbs/dbs-byletter.asp?showdbs=F. Click Films on Demand.

Some benefits:

For Students:

  • Independent viewing outside of class can support review of material presented in class.
  • Viewing of supplemental materials can also be facilitated.
  • Access to titles is 24/7.
  • List of “favorites” similar to internet use can be maintained for future reference.
  • For “YouTube” generation, this method of delivery supports alternative learning styles. This alternative delivery of information can reach students for whom more traditional instruction has been less successful.
  • Ability to research and edit clips supports active learning.

For Faculty:

  • In addition to assessing appropriateness of titles for content and audience, this level of access makes integration into the curriculum more productive.
  • Supporting materials such as study guides and discussion threads and study questions can be more effectively designed.
  • Titles can be projected on existing teaching stations in face to face instruction.
  • Integration into Blackboard is supported making this a very viable choice for online classes.
  • An online reference list of titles used in class can be maintained for future reference and planning.
  • Editing of clips and portions of programs can provide focus on salient points and issues.
  • Clips can be edited to enrich class presentations.
  • Time constraints of using a complete program in class can be reduced and allow greater time in class for supporting discussion.
  • Student viewing of supplemental titles becomes more viable option.
  • Includes titles from a broad range of subject areas.
  • Will support interdisciplinary approach to topics and issues.

Have questions? The best first contact is Nanny Foster.

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