Video on Demand
Welcome. As part of the Division of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (DWLLC), the Language Media Center provides streaming pre-recorded video-on-demand for many University of Iowa sponsored cultural events and presentations related to world languages, literatures, and cultures. Contact Greg Johnson for more information about Video on Demand.
Topics Covered. These videos cover a variety of topics including language teaching, language learning, translation, foreign cinema, foreign language literature, linguistics, language interpreting, foreign culture, and second language acquisition.
Titles Available. Videos are listed below in chronological order with the most recent at top. Please see our statement below regarding captioning and accessibility. Most of the videos below are also available on the DWLLC TV Vimeo Channel. This is currently a small but growing collection.
- Crossing Borders Study Day 2013 (28-29 March 2013)
- Tania Ionin - Genericity and Kind-reference in the Acquisition of Brazilian Portuguese by Speakers of English and Spanish (22 February 2013)
- Portuguese in the World (25 April 2012)
- AFTER POP! Presentan Personificación (2 April 2012)
- Diaspora, Philanthropy & Social Development in India - Rajesh Tandon (30-31 March 2012)
- A Conversation with Russ Ganim and Sara Puffer (9 March 2012)
- A Conversation with Russ Ganim and Brett Burk (24 February 2012)
- Improving Our Workplace Award (23 February 2012)
- Latin America Study Abroad Panel (22 February 2012)
- Inaugural Celebration for the MFA Program in Spanish Creative Writing (16 February 2012)
- Celebrating Deaf Iowa 2012 (10-11 February 2012)
- Chinese New Year 2012 Festival (2 February 2012)
- Spanish & Portuguese Graduate Organization - Spanish Literary Recital (14 October 2011)
- Eugenia Rico - Shambaugh House Reading - UI International Writing Program Event (14 October 2011)
- French & Italian Forum: Roundtable discussion with Nicolas Fargues, Dory Manor, Eugenia Rico, and Moshe Sakal (12 October 2011)
- French and Italian Forum: Roundtable discussion with writers and filmmakers Fabienne Kanor and Marvin Victor (16 September 2011)
- Dr. Avijit Ghosh Lecture: "Is There a Crisis in Higher Education?" (9 September 2011)
- Dr. Bonny Norton Presents: Hybrid Technologies, Language Education, Digital Literacy and Imagined Identities - the eGranary in Ugandan Classrooms (16 June 2011)
- Iowa High Performance Computing Summer School 2011 (1 June 2011)
- Edith Grossman presents The Matter of Translation (29 April 2011)
- George Handley presents The Metaphysics of Nature in the Poetry of Derek Walcott (29 April 2011)
- Pauline Remy presents From Zombification to Religion: the Mysteries of Vodou Unfolded (22 April 2011)
- Cynthia Laborde presents Intimité et altérité: le paradoxe de la lettre dans quatre romans québécois (22 April 2011)
- Elizabeth Carroll presents Les discours de Nadja: à l'intersection de l'art et la médecine (22 April 2011)
- Vanessa Borilot presents Conquering l'En ville in Sugar Cane Alley and Biguine (22 April 2011)
- Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert presents Deforestation and the Yearning for Lost Landscapes in Caribbean Literatures (30 March 2011)
Video Services. The Language Media Center can provide video recording and production services for DWLLC-related events and presentations. If you know of an event that should be included, please contact Greg Johnson.
Video Quality. Whenver possible, we try to record in full 1920x1080 HD and create the best quality video recordings possible. However, sometimes venue acoustics and lighting conditions are problematic and make it difficult to produce a high quality recording. It's assumed that those viewing these videos are primarily interested in the content of the message being delivered, and less interested in high production value or special effects. So, our priority is on providing economical videos with a quick turnaround time.
Instructional Usage. Student attendance at some of the events may have originally been required for class credit. They can now be assigned again in future classes.
Academic Benefits. The benefit of these videos to students is that they are able to review events and presentations again for better learning comprehension. Those unable to attend presentations or events will be able to watch later. As the collection grows, instructors are able to provide a broader range of material for students to watch. The cost of flying-in guest presenters and hosting special events can continue to be a benefit beyond the day of an event. Because the videos are not commercially purchased or copyrighted by anyone else, they can be used more freely than if they were constrained by Fair Use guidelines.
Copyright. Because of the nature of these videos, most of their content is copyrighted by the person presenting. When images or PowerPoint slides are used, these are usually the intellectual property of the presenter. No material should be reused without attribution and the concent of a given presenter. The University of Iowa has been given the rights to record and reuse the video content through verbal and written release statements by those recorded.
Captioning and Accessibility. We're excited about the transition to more accessible media online. If you would like any of the above videos made available with captioning (or a transcript), please let us know and we can make that a priority as we begin to develop captions for our current and future media. Because some video content is highly specialized, and not likely to be of interest to a broad public audience, and because the cost of captioning is very high, we may wait for requests to come in before investing in creating captions for some of our older materials.
History. The Video on Demand service was established by Greg Johnson in March of 2011 in response to the rising demand for media-rich web-based content in education. Because 21st century students are increasingly using mobile devices and desiring course-related video content as a means of learning, the video content is made avaialble in a format compatible for viewing on smartphones, tablet computers, laptops, and desktops.