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Streaming Media in Your Course: Introduction

FY 2020-2021 Streaming Media Information & Changes to Procedures

Updated November 2020

The reduction in the FSU Libraries’ budget combined with an increased demand for streaming media resources this year requires that we make the following changes to our process for licensing and acquiring individual streaming video titles. Effective immediately, single title requests must be placed through the Materials Purchase Suggestion form. Requests placed directly with Kanopy or Swank will receive an automated email response redirecting them to the Materials Purchase Suggestion Form. 

However, due to financial constraints the library must limit new or renewed single title subscriptions to three films per instructor per course. Furthermore, we do not have sufficient funds to license more than 50 new Swank titles between now and June 30, 2021. Titles that require special licensing restrictions will not be considered.

The Streaming Media Course Reserves service (which sources teaching materials from physical items in the Library's collections) will still continue. However, there will be changes and further limitations on this service. For a complete set of instructions and more information, please visit the new Streaming Media Course Reserves Request Form.

COVID-19 Distance Education Transition

Updated May 2020

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.

Robert Manning Strozier Library

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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