Over the past several years, there’s been an increasing demand for access to streaming video content for curricular purposes. We’re excited to announce that the University Libraries now have a subscription to Films on Demand, a database of curriculum-focused streaming films. We have access to content from the Master Academic, World Cinema, Nursing, and Allied Health modules.
All films in this database can be streamed at any time, on campus and remotely. The films are captioned and include transcripts. Links to films can be embedded in Pilot and shared via social media. If you don’t need to use the entire film, you can easily create custom clips for use in classes or presentations. Films on Demand also includes an option for instructors to create and embed quizzes within individual films. Additionally, instructors have the option to create your own introductory video and attach it to a playlist to introduce the content to students.
Temporary access to the database was previously provided for 15 months through OhioLINK and the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) funds to bridge COVID-created gaps in higher education instructional materials and library resources. This gave ample opportunity to evaluate how well the content met faculty curricular needs.
Based on the positive reviews of the content, breadth and variety of available films, and the stability of the funding model, Films on Demand will be the primary access point for streaming films provided by the University Libraries. Faculty who are interested in obtaining licenses for streaming films for titles not available from Films on Demand should contact their subject librarian to make the request. We will search for available content and work with faculty to identify alternatives as the budget allows.