We live in a rapidly changing world where the catalyst for change is the ever-advancing march of digital technologies. The proliferation of new media has served to better inform and engage people, but viewers are often left wondering about the value and accuracy of information on the internet. At the same time, pressure has grown on Social Sciences and Humanities researchers to broaden the impact of the knowledge they produce by sharing it with their peers through academic publications, but also to non-academic audiences. Along with this call for wider public dissemination is the rise of new digital media formats which have emerged as an exciting and accessible form of communication for new audiences. ResearchTV is an academic video streaming platform that provides viewers with assurances about the quality of research and the production value of films offering critical perspectives on the world we live in. ResearchTV is dedicated to the sharing of knowledge and expertise through film.
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How to enjoy ResearchTV
ResearchTV is like other streaming platforms in that films are grouped together on a series of themed channels. ResearchTV is primarily a broadcaster of peer-reviewed films that are mostly documentaries, but we also provide additional programming that is best described as “teaching tools.”
When viewers visit the browsing page on the streaming site they see a slideshow of highlighted films. The highlighted films are drawn from across the platform and are changed regularly. Viewers can go directly to any of the highlighted films or they can scroll down and see a listing of all of our channels and their content.
On the streaming site the first channel features New Releases and is followed by themed channels that group films into broad categories. Each channel displays 12 featured films on the channel’s slider, but there are more films to be found using the “View All” button on the right hand side of each slider. ResearchTV features programming from around the world and some films are available in languages other than English and come with English subtitles.
In addition to our primary channels, we also provide a series of specialty channels. For example, we have one channel dedicated to films in French or that come with French subtitles, and another channel that features an eclectic variety of short films on important subjects. Some, but not all of the content on these channels can also be found on the primary channels.
Although most of our programming is in the form of polished films, ResearchTV also includes channels that contain such things as academic presentations, archival footage, community programming, oral histories and other research results that can be used for instruction in the classroom. This content is broad in scope and often an extension of academic research, but it is not peer-reviewed.
As our content grows we will be highlighting films in our ResearchTV Guide and on our New Releases Channel. See below for a quick sample of the variety in content you can find via these channels.