See the sites

See the Sites

Take a guided tour of some key websites for finding video resources:

Specific sites

There are a growing number of places to go to find moving image resources online. Although some focus on education, most do not. In addition, the majority do not provide useful information about reusing resources or provide copyright information about the content they provide access to. However, there are some excellent sites which provide content with the education sector firmly in mind. A few examples are listed here, including those that are available via Jisc Collections. Separate links are available on the right hand side of this page, so you can skip to a specific website if for example you are more interested in learning about YouTube than Vimeo.


Jisc MediaHub
The primary multimedia platform for UK education, offering a wealth of digital image, video and audio collections. Including news film from ITN and Reuters, classic documentaries from the Royal Mail Film Classics, archive from the Imperial War Museum - over 3,500 hours of digital video items for use in learning, teaching and research. While it it is free to search the database, an institutional subscription is required to view the content.

You can embed the Jisc MediaHub search widget in your own website. This will allow visitors to your site to search the archive from your site rather than having to go to the platform. Just copy the following iframe code into any page on your site.

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width="250" height="200"
scrolling="no" frameborder="0"
marginheight="0" marginwidth="0">

Box of Broadcasts

BoB is an online TV scheduling service for UK education, that allows you to record TV and radio programmes. It is available to staff and students of subscribed member institutions of the British Universities Film & Video Council that hold an ERA+ license.

Jisc e-Content

Jisc e-Content website is the gateway to digital collections designed for education. They are mainly aimed at university students, researchers and librarians but many of the online archives are open to anyone. The collections are supported via Jisc and Jisc Collections and are provided in association with publishers and institutions including The British Library, The National Archives, Royal Society of Chemistry, Thomson Reuters, Oxford University Press and many other leading universities and libraries.

BFI InView

This is a subscription service freely available all UK Higher and Further Education users institutions via Jisc Collections, comprising archive film and video from 1920 to 2005.

BFI InView is described by Jisc Collections as 'an online resource which offers a unique window on Britain's changing political, economic and social landscape in the age of film and television, containing some one thousand hours of non-fiction moving image titles to view or download, alongside eight thousand pages of related documents'.

(NB the current free subscription arrangement expires on 31 August 2014)

BUFVC - Moving Image Gateway

Links to and descriptions of over 1,350 websites relating to moving image and sound materials - subdivided into over 40 subject areas.


Kritikos is a customised search engine for visual media relevant to Engineering subject discipline. It uses Google technology combined with user feedback to provide relevant results from the Internet. This is an on-going project, initially funded as part of JISC's Content Programme 2011-13 and developed by the Engineering and Materials Education Research Group (EMERG) at the University of Liverpool.


Although YouTube is owned by Google, searching on YouTube is not like searching for video using Google. YouTube searches only return videos upload to the site, whereas a Google video search crawls the entire internet for video content.

You can focus your search on YouTube by combining search 'filters' to find videos by upload date, resource type (e.g. video, channel, TV show), duration and features (including Creative Commons licensed videos for reuse).

With over 1 billion unique monthly visitors the service has been adopted as the de facto video sharing site for social networking, business, government and education. Notable YouTube channels in the UK include the British monarchy, Parliament and the BBC, as well as many educational institutions, including The Open University, the University of Edinburgh and the University of Cambridge. There are also numerous education channels, include BFI Films, the Khan Academy, The Periodic Table of Videos, Jisc, as well as YouTube's own education channels, YouTube EDU [] and YouTube for Schools [].

YouTube EDU contains a selection of educational videos uploaded by the 600+ YouTube partners, including Khan Academy, Stanford and TED-Ed. As the focus is very much on education in the US, some of the content may not be useful for UK learners. However there is some very high quality content on this site for all ages and abilities. To overcome the concerns of the many educational institutions who place web blocks on YouTube content the 'YouTube for Schools' service offers a separate channel that enables site administrators to allow access to YouTube EDU videos, but not other so-called 'non-educational' content.

Most educational institutions recognise the value of YouTube to communicate corporate and promotional messages to staff, students and prospective students, and educators also recognise its potential in teaching and learning. Using video to promote pedagogic aims is not new, but the features facilitated by YouTube and Google have excited many practitioners in education. These features include:


Because of its independent filmmaker background, its uncluttered interface and the lack of third-party advertising, Vimeo tends to be more widely used by those working in the creative industries than in other sectors, however, the service is used by some educational institutions in the UK, primarily in promotional contexts, but also as a pedagogical tool. As the service is not directly aimed at the educational sector finding specific educationally relevant material can be difficult. However, you can search for Creative Commons licenced content for you to reuse, using their advanced search function

Vimeo also provide a specific channel containing a number of 'how to' videos that demonstrate digital video making skills, and the range of high quality videos available means that worthwhile teaching resources can be discovered (e.g. Jisc, Jisc Legal, Jisc TechDis, Jisc Collections, Jisc eCollections, Jisc Digital Media

(See also JDM advice on YouTube and Vimeo:

iTunes and

Many UK educational institutions post material via iTunes U (iTunes University), the education section of Apple's iTunes media library and player application. You will need to have iTunes and the Safari web browser installed on your computer (Windows and Apple OS only) to access all published course content and a suitable device which supports iTunes and the downloadable files.The link to iTunes U can be found on the main page of the iTunes store.

Videos of lectures and course materials are freely available from iTunes U, with more than 20 HE and FE institutions in the UK using the service, including:

(N.B. Links open in iTunes)

Birmingham City University

Deeside College

Liverpool John Moores University

Norwich University of the Arts

The Open University

Oxford University


St George's, University of London

University of Glasgow

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