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Streaming Media in Your Course: Introduction

COVID-19 Distance Education Transition

Updated May 2020

FSU Libraries remain closed to our patrons in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, Streaming Media Course Reserves have resumed in a limited capacity. Please find more information on the Streaming Media Course Reserves Request Form and direct any questions to Dave Rodriguez, Resident Media Librarian (


A Note on Streaming Materials through Zoom or other video-conferencing platforms:

While streaming through the "screen-capture" functionality in Zoom or other video-conferencing platforms may seem like an adequate replacement for in-classroom screenings of video materials, this method is not recommended by the Library and will likely result in poor audio and video quality for students viewing the material. Additionally, some streaming platforms apply copyright protection and encryption to their content which disables any images or sound being shared between screens.

For "in-classroom screenings" conducted via Zoom or other video-conferencing platforms, the recommended procedure is to direct students to view materials on their own, in a separate window and with their Zoom audio muted, and then return to the main meeting for discussion, analysis, etc.

Please don't hesitate to reach out to the authors of this LibGuide: Lindsey Wharton ( and Dave Rodriguez ( with any questions related to streaming media during these challenging times. We are here to support you and your students.


As audio-visual materials become increasingly popular for teaching and learning, FSU Libraries is here to help instructors find, utilize, and deliver the media you need to support your curriculum. This guide provides an organized overview of using streaming media in your courses from an introduction of different media models, FSU Libraries' streaming media resources, and directions on how to request media services for your classes.

Contact Your Librarians

Lindsey Wharton
Extended Campus & Distance Services Librarian


Dave Rodriguez
Resident Media Librarian


In This Guide

  1. Streaming Video ModelsThere are several streaming options available to instructors. What you choose will largely depend on what kinds of streaming video you would like to use.
  2. Find Streaming Content @ FSU Libraries: FSU Libraries offers several streaming video databases and options that can be utilized for engaging course content.
  3. FAQ: In-Person, Online, and Fair Use: There are different guidelines for showing videos in your in-person and online courses. Let us help you navigate the complex rules of fair use and the Teach Act. 
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