James Steffen wrote: ...but even so streamed video simply cannot match the technical specifications of DVDs at this point. <snip>... in my view it's still not good enough for instructors to show an hour-long video projected on a large screen in class.
This is not dissimilar from the comments that were made when video began to replace 16mm film in the classroom. At the time the argument included points that the TV screen does not replicate the cinema experience. Valid points at the time, certainly, particularly for film study. But the advent of video made huge numbers of titles newly available to larger audiences including libraries, and provided new opportunities for viewing, studying, and teaching film of all kinds. But the modes of instruction are changing, and it is increasingly less common for entire films to be screened in classrooms, or even for students to gather in classrooms. Faculty are looking to place materials online for students to view outside of the classroom setting, something that's been available for journals for some time, and now with e-books, book chapters and other readings as well. As online and hybrid approaches to instruction increase the demand for media that can be delivered through course management shells or other delivery mechanism will also increase. -- deg farrelly, Full Librarian Mail Code 1006 Arizona State University P.O. Box 871006 Tempe, AZ 85287 Phone: 480.965.1403 Email: deg.farre...@asu.edu VIDEOLIB is intended to encourage the broad and lively discussion of issues relating to the selection, evaluation, acquisition,bibliographic control, preservation, and use of current and evolving video formats in libraries and related institutions. It is hoped that the list will serve as an effective working tool for video librarians, as well as a channel of communication between libraries,educational institutions, and video producers and distributors.