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Using Media in Teaching

Digital Media for Instructional Purposes

Merrill-Cazier Library and the Center for Innovative Design & Instruction (CIDI) work in cooperation to meet the media-related needs of faculty and instructors at USU.

Options for utilizing streaming media in your courses:
The Library makes streaming video available through the following database(s):

Digital Campus via Swank Motion Pictures
American History in Video
CollegeMedia Online Videos
Ethnographic Video Online

For videos not available through the above resources, the following options are available for streaming entire films:

  • Purchase streaming rights (Requests will be evaluated in light of available funds.);
  • Request permission from copyright holder to digitize and stream a video (the requester or the Library must own a lawfully made physical copy of the film).

Short clips of films (defined as “reasonable and limited” portions) also may be digitized and streamed (the source must be lawfully made).

Submit requests here.

**Please submit requests a minimum of four weeks in advance.

Streaming media will be made available in Canvas only for the students enrolled in the course during the semester specified in the request.


The following items may not be digitized for streaming:

  • Films on rental from commercial providers such as Hastings, Netflix, or Redbox;

  • Content specifically produced and marketed for classroom use or distance education including ancillary textbook materials.

Please contact with any questions.


This policy is in compliance with U.S. Copyright Act. Procedures invoke the Technology, Education and Copyright Harmonization (TEACH) Act, Section 107 (fair use), and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) where appropriate to authorize utilization of video in the physical and virtual classroom.

December 2012