Video Options for Engaging Students Visually

Virtually everyone has heard of YouTube by now and millions of viewers who go there daily attest to that fact. And although there are oodles of quality video there, finding the good stuff becomes a bit of a task. I have listed below a few alternates to YouTube that educators and students might find more valuable. If you give one a try and form an opinion, please let us know by leaving a comment.

Snag Films
What is great about this site:
All of the movies on Snag Films can be embedded into a blog or into a learning management system.
Dozens of NOVA and National geographic films are there and for free.
It is committed to providing the world‘s most compelling documentaries.

Teacher Tube
What is great about this site:
It is an educationally focused, safe venue for teachers, schools, and home learners.
TeacherTube community members are a major part of the evolution of the site.
The service is free for everyone.

School Tube
What is great about this site:
SchoolTube provides students and educators a safe and FREE media sharing website.
It contains only moderated and teacher approved videos.

What is great about this site:
It is a browser based tool enabling subtitling of videos on the web into and from any language.
Anyone has the ability to translate video content into multiple languages via subtitles rendered over the bottom of the video.
There is nothing to buy and nothing to download.

Woopid Video Tutorials
What is great about this site:
It has thousands of FREE video tutorials for PCs, Macs, and tons of different applications.
You can have tutorials created for you by Woopid.
You can create bundles, which are collections or groups of related videos.

If you’d like a starting point for searching for free technology solutions for teachers and students, a good place to start is with Richard Byrne’s Free Technology for Teachers at

Webcast – Creating Better Organization in Vista with the ROI

Bill Maligie

Bill Maligie

During this presentation, Bill Maligie, a recipient of one of CSU, Chico’s 2009 Exemplary Online Instruction awards, details practical ways to apply the Rubric for Online Instruction to create better organization in Vista classes. Throughout the presentation Bill shows how he reorganized his file system, created learning modules, and recorded Camtasia videos to create an online environment that has won rave reviews from his students.

Watch the presentation here. At the login window use the Participant Login and please enter your name. No password is required.

Watch the Camtasia video created by Bill Maligie for his Vista class.

This presentation was previously given by Bill Maligie at the 2009 CELT Conference.
List of all Exemplary Online Instruction winners

National Survey on Student Engagement

The National Survey on Student Engagement is available for your review. It is lengthy to print out, but as a PDF document, you may find it very revealing about higher education today. CSU Chico was a contributor to this survey, along with many other institutions. “Assessment for Improvement: Tracking Student Engagement Over Time,” see the annual results for 2009.

Laura Sederberg