Sourcing Video Content

Whether you’re looking for stock footage to edit into your own video or complete resources, there’s a lot of video material already available on the web that you can make use of to enhance your teaching and learning resources. When choosing video you always need to consider Copyright. Do you need to have permission to use the resource or can it be used under fair use guidelines? The Copyright pages from the USW site provide information about what’s covered.

Luckily there are plenty of sources of video that the university has already paid for, or that can used for free or for a small fee.

Box of Broadcasts

A shared online off-air TV and radio recording service for UK higher and further education institutions, BoB enables all staff and students in USW to view and/or record any broadcast programme from 60+ TV and radio channels. The recorded programmes are then kept indefinitely (no expiry) and added to a growing media archive (currently at over 1 million programmes), with all content shared by users across all subscribing institutions.
You can embed or link to any of the films, tv programmes, or radio shows, stored in the BoB archive from within Blackboard and students will be able to watch them on Campus or at home (within the UK) by using their university login. You can also make clips and playlists from the recordings.


eStream is the USW’s place for hosting our own video content. There’s all kinds of material up there including graduation ceremonies and guest lectures that you might find useful.


YouTube contains a wealth of educational content that can be embedded into your Blackboard courses. You can read more about the value of YouTube content over at JISC. Almost everything on the site can be watched for free and you can embed them right into your Blackboard courses. You can read about how to do that on the Adding Video to Blackboard pages.


Vimeo is another great source for free to watch video content. The videos can be embedded right into your Blackboard material by using the embed code. To find out how to do this just check out the Adding Video to Blackboard pages. There’s not quite as much on Vimeo as on YouTube but sometimes that just makes it easier to find things. Vimeo also offers a selection of On Demand premium content such as commercially produced movies. These shouldn’t be used for Learning & Teaching as they are provided for individual paid accounts only.

iTunes U

Apple’s iTunes U service provides educational audio and video learning resources from around the world from universities — such as Oxford, Stanford, MIT, Cambridge and University of South Wales — and leading cultural institutions — such as MoMA, Tate Galleries and the Smithsonian. All the material on iTunes U is free to download.

Internet Archive

The Internet Archive is a huge repository and directory of collections of freely available, often copyright free, material around the web. There’s a section for stock footage section full of material available with either a Creative Commons License or Public Domain (no copyright). These videos can be downloaded and modified or embedded into a Blackboard module. To learn about how to do this please read the Adding Video to Blackboard guide.

Stock Footage For Free

A selection of stock footage that can be downloaded and used for free in whatever project you like. You’ll need to sign up for an account but otherwise, yes, it really is free. The site is essentially an advert for the premium service Video Blocks but we’d advise you to stick with the free content.