An online video platform (OVP) is a cloud-based solution for the storage, management, and delivery of digital video. Similar to YouTube, an OVP serves as a central repository for content, but unlike commercial services, OVPs provides fine-grained access control to content owners, which satisfies legal and regulatory requirements for higher education institutions. These platforms empower students and faculty to produce and use video as a learning tool. Multimedia fluency is becoming an essential competency, and OVPs can help producers and consumers be discriminating amid the flood of educational video content.
The 7 Things You Should Know About... series from the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) provides concise information on emerging learning technologies. Each brief focuses on a single technology and describes what it is, where it is going, and why it matters to teaching and learning. Use these briefs for a no-jargon, quick overview of a topic and share them with time-pressed colleagues.
In addition to the 7 Things briefs, you may find other ELI resources useful in addressing teaching, learning, and technology issues at your institution. To learn more, please visit the ELI Resources page.