Sunday, May 24, 2015

Blog CLXXXV (185): "I Want My History TV Channels!"

In addition to creating promotional videos of their programs, a number of history departments have created YouTube channels.  These channels are specific sites on YouTube where individuals or organizations can upload and organize the videos that they make available to the rest of the websites' viewers.  The creation of departmental channels reflects a trend of many universities creating channels to promote their activities and accomplishment.  Some schools have been quite aggressive in this manner.  For example, it seems that every college at the University of Southern California has a channel of its own.

The quality of history department channels is an altogether different matter.  Some are maintained quite regularly and others have seen little attention since they went up.  It is also clear that some departments are not sure what to do with this type of outlet. It reminds one of what departmental websites looked like in the mid-1990s.

Some departments prefer to hang videos off their own servers, making them part of their own unique website. That seems like a good way to control the copyright, content, and usage, but the downside is that it is probably less likely to get an audience if the purpose of the videos is promotional.  The content is the real key. Video recordings of conferences seems to be a popular feature.  Others include graduation ceremoniesfor those institutions that have those type of events by departmentlecture series, promotional videos of the department and of individual courses, and videos that various professors use as course content. The channels listed below come from universities in Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States:


Acadia University
UCI Department of History

University of California, Irvine
University of Delaware History Department

University of Delaware
University of Essex
University of Essex

London School of Economics

Marquette University

Marquette University
University of Maryland
University of Maryland

University of Massachusetts

Middle Tennessee State University

Monmouth University

University of Nebraska

University of New Mexico

University of North Carolina

Northern Illinois University

The Ohio State University

Oregon State University

Department of History, Philosophy, and Social Sciences ( or departmental site)
Pittsburgh State University

University of Sheffield

Stetson University

U.S. Military Academy

University of Wisconsin
University of York

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