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Imagine this… a website where thousands of films are hosted and can be watched for free… where, if you can’t find a film, you can request that it be added with a good chance that you’ll get your wish… where you can choose to embed an entire work in Blackboard (or select clips to embed!)… and where you can make and share playlists…

Well, I have good news: it exists and it’s called Kanopy. The UVM Libraries has a contract with them, so it’s accessible to any affiliate of the university. There are a few things to be aware of:

  • You can watch movies without logging in, but you have to be either on campus – or – off campus while connected to the virtual network (VPN). This is easy: see instructions here or for iPad users, here.
  • You’ll need to create a free account and sign in to save playlists or make clips.
  • If you want to request a film, write to Lori Holiff in the library’s Media Resources department at She is the liaison with Kanopy and may be able to assist you in finding the film elsewhere, if needed.

» Kanopy’s website:
» This link to Kanopy also lives on the CTL site (choose Teaching Resources > Image and Video Repositories).
» Visit the CTL Dr Is In to learn how to embed video in Bb.

We’ve recently had fun expanding our Media Resources page. There are new links to image collections, organized by Agriculture and Natural Resources, Art, History, Science, and General Collections. There are more video links, too. Read about copyright and fair use, and then go forth… as a kid in a candy store:

Grid of four images

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John sent me this great interactive game for learning colors. COLOR box : a color theory game looks kind of like tetris, but instead of focusing on shapes, the object of the game is to use the additive color system to combine colors of adjacent blocks.

About those banner images at the top of the site here… The idea started when we were designing the whole thing with the first banner, the cows. The image was great, but we needed a way to display “CTL” or “Center for Teaching & Learning”. Then it hit us… give her an ear tag like many other cows have!
So, the idea took off…. Some of us spent the whole first weekend of this site’s existence making banner images for the site, finding fun photos and playing with them. Which leads me to the idea of finding fun photos. MOST of the photos up there were taken by a member or friend of the CTL staff (some of which are even available on Flickr), and some were found through a simple Google Image search. If a photo is stamped with a copyright tag, we (I) won’t use it, but if it isn’t and it’s on the web, then we (I) feel it’s fair game.
If you don’t like a banner, tough. However, if you really don’t like one being up there, let us know (and let us know WHY) and we’ll probably remove it. Or, we’ll pass the email around and have a good laugh– depends on the day.

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