Since July 2020, the Dal Libraries has invested over $150,000 in streaming media to support the online curriculum.
If you plan to include streaming video in your winter term courses, please check the film titles in the Libraries’ streaming subscriptions before submitting a request. These subscriptions are listed in the Libraries’ Streaming Video Guide. These collections include thousands of documentaries, feature films, and educational content, all of which are licensed for use on the Brightspace course management platform.
In addition to the video subscriptions available through the Dalhousie Libraries, Dalhousie/King’s students also have access to the contents of Hoopla and Kanopy subscriptions through Halifax Public Libraries using their public library card. Students without a public library card can register for a digital card at this site: https://www.halifaxpubliclibraries.ca/membership/card/
Dalhousie University students should indicate Dalhousie University as their address, Halifax as their city, and B3H 4R2 as their postal code. King’s students use University of King’s College as their address, Halifax as their city, and B3H 2A1 as their postal code.
If you cannot meet the requirements of your syllabus with these resources, please place your film request using this form: https://util.library.dal.ca/StreamingVideo/ Please note that it can take as long as a month to locate a single title and obtain a license.
Videos found on the open internet (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.)
With proper attribution/citation, you may link to legitimately posted works found on the Internet.
If you choose to use a video you find in services such as YouTube or Vimeo in your online course, you should be aware of these potential limitations:
- Videos on these services can be removed from services with little or no notice
- Not all videos can be played in all countries
- Ensure, to the best of your ability, that the content has been posted legally. Content that has not been posted with the rights holders’ permission may be removed from streaming services without notice and no recourse.
Instructors should refrain from linking to videos if any of the following are evident:
- the works are protected by digital locks, such as paywalls or other digital rights management mechanisms that will prevent access
- the video has likely been made available by a third-party without permission of the copyright owner
Popular commercial video streaming services
In most cases, videos available on commercial services like Amazon Prime, Crave, HBO, Hulu, and Netflix are not available for use in online educational settings because the providers of these services base their service model on selling subscriptions directly to consumers.
Netflix does offer some films for online education use through their YouTube channel. Netflix also offers in-person classroom exceptions for educational screenings, but has not made it clear whether or not these exceptions would apply to online classroom settings.
Finally, videos in commercial streaming services are not available in all countries. Content available in Canadian Netflix, for example, may not be available in the United States. Similarly, videos available in other countries may not be available in Canada. Content may also be removed at the discretion of the commercial service without notice or recourse.