Video Content

Free Online Educational Videos

The following list of resources represents a small sampling of available web sites for finding digital materials to supplement course material. Some of the media repositories may offer copyrighted materials, and many of the videos are not closed captioned. Instructors should use appropriate judgment when downloading and using materials.

Video Content with Closed Captions and/or Transcripts

  1. Alexander Street Press (
    This collection of online videos is available through the UCF Library. All ASP videos include a transcript, but these transcripts are not viewable if the video is shown in “full screen” mode.
  2. Annenberg Learner (
    This website of teacher resources includes a collection of video programs in subjects such as art, foreign language, literature/language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies/history. Most videos include a “CC” (closed captions) option. Select either the “VoD” box next to the title of the video or the “Scroll down to see full video” link underneath the small video player. Another window with video will pop up. Hover over the CC button in the bottom right-hand corner of the video player and select the “On-English” option.
  3. Cap That! Find Captioned Videos (
    This webpage contains a list of links to websites with free and subscription-based closed-captioned educational videos.
  4. Described and Captioned Media Program (
    This website allows registered users to search for and watch over 4,000 described and captioned media titles. Please note that these videos are tailored to k-12 audiences.
  5. EduTube (
    This website includes both educational and popular videos for many grade levels. Users can search the site and limit search results to “educational” videos in the English language that have subtitles:
  6. FMG Films on Demand (
    This collection of online videos is available through the UCF Library. Each video includes a transcript and segment descriptions.
  7. History Channel (
    This website includes streaming full-episode videos of many shows featured on the History channel. While many series are not educational in nature, some (such as “America: The Story of Us”) might be appropriate supplementary materials for a history course. Some videos include a “CC” button in the bottom right-hand corner of the video player.
  8. Hulu (
    Hulu is a video hosting/streaming website that includes popular television shows, movies, and documentaries. Some television shows and other content offer closed-captioning services.  To find out how to change your player settings to “automatically turn on closed captions if available,” visit:
  9. Khan Academy (
    This website offers a library of curriculum videos in subjects such as math, science, economics, and the humanities. Many videos are organized into lesson schemes and some videos offer an “interactive transcript.” To access the transcript, click the “Options” button near the bottom right-hand corner of the video player and check the box labelled “Interactive transcript.”
  10. PBS Frontline (
    The Frontline Teacher Center includes classroom activities, streaming videos, lesson plans, and online resources to complement many Frontline programs. Video subject categories include biography, business/economy, diversity, health/science/technology, foreign affairs/defense, government/public policy, media literacy, and religion. Many videos include a “CC” button in the bottom right-hand corner of the video player. Teachers can access other Frontline videos here:
  11. TED Talks ( and TED-Ed Videos (
    Ted Talks are short (3-18 minute long) conference-style presentation videos about a variety of topics. TED-Ed videos are short video lessons. Many TED Talks offer subtitles and transcripts (select language options by clicking buttons in bottom right-hand corner of video player). Some TED-Ed videos include a “CC” button in the bottom right-hand corner of the video player.
  12. YouTube, Creative Commons-licensed videos (
    YouTube offers users the option to mark their original video creations with a Creative Commons license. YouTube users can access many video sources from the main YouTube website, including: Khan Academy, CrashCourse, Big Think, TED-Ed, MIT OCW, Stanford University, Veritasium, Numberphile, Computerphile, PhilosophyFile, and so on. Some videos include a “CC” button in the bottom right-hand corner of the video player.
  13. YouTube Education (
    YouTube includes an “education” channel that contains videos organized by subject and school level. This page also includes videos from popular online courses. Some videos contain a “CC” button in the bottom right-hand corner of the video player.

The following resources represent a small sampling of available web sites for finding digital materials with curricular supplements (lesson plans, assessments, learning objectives, etc.). Some of the media repositories may offer copyrighted materials as well as open-source texts, and many of the videos are not closed captioned. Instructors should use appropriate judgment when downloading and using materials.

  1. Smart History (Khan Academy)
    Smarthistory is an educational video resource dedicated specifically to art history. (Many videos contain closed captions; videos that do not contain captions have a “subtitle me” button at the bottom of the video player where viewers can contribute closed captions.)
  2. OpenCourseWare Consortium (see shortcut “Find Courses”)
    “OpenCourseWare is the name given to open educational resources that are presented in course format, often including course planning materials, such as syllabi and course calendars, along with thematic content, such as textbooks, lectures, presentations, notes and simulations.”
  3. MIT OpenCourseWare (audio/video courses, syllabi, lessons, materials)
    MIT's OpenCourseWare initiative offers most of MIT's curriculum in an online format for anyone to access for teaching or learning.
  4. MIT-Harvard edX
    Created as a joint initiative by Harvard and MIT, “EdX offers interactive online classes and MOOCs from the world's best universities.”
  5. UC Berkeley (audio/video lectures)
    Webcast.berkeley is UC Berkeley's platform used by the university to publish online course events and materials.
  6. Harvard University Extension School
    Harvard's Extension School provides public access to course materials, as well as some video lectures, from courses offered on Harvard's campus and online, all taught by Harvard faculty.
  7. Yale University Open Courses
    Open Yale Courses offers free Yale University courses online with course material and videos for public presentation of higher-education learning.
  8. The Open University (UK)
    “The Open University is a world leader in modern distance learning, the pioneer of teaching and learning methods which enable people to achieve their career and life goals studying at times and in places to suit them.”
  9. Stanford on iTunesU
    Stanford's iTunes U provides lectures, presentations, and other content from around the Stanford campus through the iTunes program.
  10. Carnegie Mellon University Open Learning Initiative
    Carnegie Mellon's OLI, like MIT's OCW, was created to offer online courses “to anyone who wants to learn or teach.”
  11. University of Notre Dame OpenCourseWare
    Notre Dame's participation in the OpenCourseWare Consortium enables in this free offering of digital course materials from the university.
  12. Academic Earth (online courses: overlap with links above)
    Academic Earth collects full online course materials from many other colleges and universities for public use, all accessible from one place.
  13. National Repository of Online Courses (NROC)
    “The National Repository of Online Courses (NROC) is a growing library of high-quality online course content for students and faculty in higher education, high school and Advanced Placement.”
  14. United Nations Open Course Ware
    Part of the OpenCourseWare Consortium since 2006, the United Nations University provides access to courses pertinent to the goals and work of the UN.
  15. Big Think
    Big Think contains videos and information about several umbrella categories—termed “Big Ideas”—that include New World OrderEarth and Beyond21st Century LivingGoing MentalExtreme BiologyPower and Influence, and Inventing the Future.

Tools to Create Your Own Captioned Videos

  1. Adding captions to YouTube videos:
  2. Amara—a tool for captioning your YouTube videos:
  3. Use Amara to crowdsource video captions:

Learning Object and Video Repositories (Generally Not Captioned)

  1. Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching (MERLOT II launched on October 15, 2013.)
  2. OpenLearn LabSpace (In the summer of 2013, LabSpace will re-launch as OpenLearn Works; the website is currently in “read only” format.)
  3. Open Educational Resources Commons
  4. Internet Archive (Opens Source/Community Video)
  5. Top Documentary Films
  6. Wisc-Online
  7. The World Lecture Project
  8. WikiEducator
  9. Jorum: Learning to Share
  11. National Science Digital Library (Select “Higher Education” from the Education Level menu)
  12. OAIster database
  13. iLumina: Educational Resources for Science and Mathematics
  14. Wolfram MathWorld
  15. British Library Sounds
  16. Google Video
  17. Teacher Tube
  18. Shamble:
  19. Short Films Online
  20. Folkstreams
  21. The Open Video Project
  22. Library of Congress: American Memory Project
  23. Free Online Education
  24. Online Video Guide
  25. Nature Video Streaming Archive
  26. Nova: Watch Online
  27. Free Science Videos and Lectures
  28. Smithsonian Ocean Portal
  29. SnagFilms
  30. Free Documentaries
  31. BBC Science
  32. BBC Nature
  33. Netflix
  34. YouTube or YouTube EDU (To find closed captioned videos, there are two options. Either add the keywords “closed caption” to your search or perform your search and then filter the results.  To filter results, click “Filter” and select the “Closed Captions” option listed under “Features.” For some videos, YouTube uses speech recognition technology to add captions to video content. To use this feature, click the “CC” button in the bottom row of the player; a “Captions” dialogue will appear. Be sure to click the “ON” button.)


YouTube has numerous uses in the academic classroom, even for videos that are not directly related to the content (or ones that "deliver" the content themselves).

Ideas for Using YouTube

  • Introduce a subject: pique curiosity or frame the context of your next topic
  • Case study / Apply a principle you just taught
  • “What does the video get wrong?”
  • Spark debate/controversy; problematize a principle you just taught
  • “Authentic materials”: show the reality of a different culture
  • Show an experiment
  • During the showing: Avoid “the television response” by requiring some student activity
  1. “Focus questions” should be discussed beforehand
  2. Viewing worksheets
  3. Pause: predict the next action/response on screen
  4. View with Mute button
  5. View with Audio but not Video
  • Post Video activities
  1. Journal / reflective writing
  2. Discuss problems raised by the video
  3. Plenary discussion, solo work, partner discussion, mini-group discussion
  • Student-created videos (to replace project reports/PPT)

Embed YouTube in PowerPoint

To avoid having to leave PowerPoint or simply drop a link inside PowerPoint, display the YouTube video directly inside your PPT presentation (you will still need an active Internet connection for it to work).

  1. Open PowerPoint and locate the desired slide. Find the Developer tab up top (if it’s not there, click the colorful Office icon (a circle) in the top-left and select “PowerPoint Options”, then click to display the Developer tab). In the “controls” box of the Developer tab, click on the tool icon (bottom-middle).
  2. A new window pops up. Scroll to Shockwave Flash Object, highlight it, and click OK.
  3. The window disappears and your cursor has changed. You are now supposed to draw a box where you want the video to go; left-click (and hold) for one corner of the box, and drag out the box until you find the right size, and then let go. You can resize the box later.
  4. Find the URL of the youtube video you wish to embed, and copy this URL.
  5. On the PowerPoint slide, right-click on that box (now looking like an envelope) and select Properties.
  6. The field labeled “Movie” has a blank spot next to it; paste the URL into that blank space. Use the arrow keys to move to the middle of the URL and replace the “/watch?v=” segment with simply "/v/". An example would be

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