Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Are you a visual learner? Access library's on-demand video

Streamed, on-demand content through Intelecom Online Resources Network is now available to users of Emma Waters Summar Library.

Partners include leading educational video producers National Geographic, BioMEDIA Associates, and Wisconsin Technical College System Foundation.

Using Intelecom, faculty can offer media-rich online courses or simply supplement the resources they use for the face-to-face classes they teach.

Students and faculty can search a list of academic disciplines -- which span from allied health to earth sciences to linguistics to zoology -- and then embed the video into an email for wide distribution among class members.

Each clip includes a brief synopsis of the video's focus, and one click provides citation information for the electronic resource in APA, MLA and Chicago formats.

Here are a few examples of how helpful this electronic resource can be:
  • A basic search under "Allied Health" yields a topical listing of videos that include (but are not limited to) alcohol addiction, cancer, endocrine system, genetics, pregnancy and childbirth, and tissues and organs.
  • A search of "Ethnic Studies" loads such videos as "America in a World at War," "Fight Against Communism," and "Slavery in the Old South," among several others.
  • A search under "Political Science" reveals such topics as "America's Political Heritage," "Civil War and Reconstruction," "Defense Policy," and "Federalism," among others.
Creating an account allows a user to save clips in a search center accessible only to him. And clips can be sorted into several categories, whether a user wants to keep them in alphabetical order or under "most viewed," "most discussed" or "run time" categories.

To access the resource: On the library's homepage, click on "Databases, Ebooks and Media," then click on the "Media" tab. The link to Intelecom is tucked underneath "Video" along with Films on Demand, the library's other on-demand resource geared more toward the humanities.

Next post: Find out what Films on Demand offers library users.

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