During our June PCCC Faculty Institute we spent one session showing faculty how to use video clips from the commercial vendor FMG in their writing-intensive courses. Still, in that unpredictable way that workshops sometimes go, there was much more excitement about being able to embed YouTube videos in their web pages. I realized that there was a sizable group of faculty that just hadn't believed that there was good, fre, educational material in YouTube.
Since then I have been compiling a list for a fall workshop of other online video sources that allow easy access for students at no cost.
One of those is a site I first encountered in 2005 when I helped organize NJIT's first Internet2 Day. The ResearchChannel was founded by a consortium of leading research and academic institutions so that researchers could share the work with a public audience. It's available to about 30 million U.S. satellite and cable television subscribers, but can also be viewed on their website. That includes 70 university and school-based cable systems in the United States and in other countries.
And, like some other educational institutions, they have their own channel in YouTube which is certainly a way to get to the general public. In fact, this video part of Open Everything also includes efforts like Princeton University's UChannel which also has a YouTube presence, and FORA.TV which offers a wide selection of good video content on its its website, in iTunes or via YouTube.