The best way to have your students access streaming media during campus closure is asynchronously, i.e. assign viewing/listening to be done prior to synchronous/in-person online class time. Contact your subject librarian or the Library Help Desk for support in providing stable links to assigned streaming media.
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The library provides access to a number of streaming video databases, and we can often purchase streaming access if it is commercially available through one of our vendors.
If you require students to view a DVD or VHS video that is not commercially available in a streaming format, the Library can convert it to a streaming digital copy so it is accessible to students in URCourses.
Please place the request in QuickFind or email the library for more information. Please be aware that digitization of DVDs depends on the availability of the material and can take two to four weeks, so plan ahead!
By submitting a request, the instructor agrees that:
Streaming media and zoom do not play well together:
Please choose asynchronous viewing and have your students watch the streaming media before class.
You can add streaming media to your reading lists in URCourses; for details and how-to, access our Reading Lists LibGuide.
Traditionally, viewing media in class has been a good way to ensure all students have seen the same media in the same way. However, streaming movies on Zoom has several technological and legal copyright hurdles that showing media in class does not.
When you stream media over Zoom, you are no longer simply "showing a video in class". From a legal perspective, streaming media over Zoom is a broadcast and could fall under different copyright rules. In addition, the technologies differ from platform to platform as to whether they have the capacity to be broadcast over Zoom.
For example, YouTube videos can be reliably streamed over Zoom as long as the following boxes are checked when initiating the screensharing:
While other platforms for video viewing, such as iTunes, have built-in Digital Rights Management (DRM) protections to prevent their broadcast over tools such as Zoom and will not work at all.
It is for these reasons that we highly recommend relying on asynchronous viewing for your classes; ie/ asking your students to watch media for discussion prior to the scheduled class time. As such, library staff cannot troubleshoot problems with streaming over zoom if you choose to go that route.