Kurzgesagt’s YouTube channel shows animated educational videos on science, technology, philosophy, etc. Some examples: Building a Marsbase is a Horrible Idea: Let’s do it! Fracking explained: opportunity or danger How Evolution works Is Meat Bad for You? Is Meat Unhealthy? Overpopulation – The Human Explosion Explained The Death Of Bees Explained – Parasites, Poison and… Read more Kurzgesagt
A few alternatives The Bottom Line Business discussion. BBC Radio 4 programme with Evan Davis.About 290 audio episodes and 126 video clips.Most episodes downloadable.You will need to sign in to the BBC.Also available on BoB. Science Weekly Podcasts from The Guardian.About 800 episodes.Downloadable.See also other podcasts and videos on this site. Smithsonian Channel videos Short… Read more Oh, not another TED Talk…
A bar chart race is an animated bar chart that shows changes over time. For example, the top 10 countries by CO2 emissions per capita from 1800 to 2014: More examples from LivelyData The most populous cities in the world from 1500 to 2018 (with audio commentary): You can make your own bar chart races… Read more Bar chart races
Oxford University Press has a YouTube channel, Oxford Academic, with videos on many topics. For example, there are some Very Short Introductions to human evolution, behavioural economics, fungi, William Shakespeare, Iran, Buddhism, neoliberalism, etc. Here is Professor Jones of Norwich Business School on branding:
As many of our students know, SPSS is a computer program (aka software application) used for statistical analysis. UEA Library has several ebooks about SPSS, including: SPSS for Dummies by Arthur Griffith SPSS for Starters by Ton J. Cleophas and Aeilko H. Zwinderman SPSS Survival Manual by Julie Pallant INTO Resource Centre has a print… Read more SPSS ebooks
HSTalks are video lectures and case studies. UEA has access to the Business & Management Collection, which consists of 1,222 talks, 53 of which have been published so far this year. The lectures are accompanied by slides. Some have transcripts and subtitles, while some include questions. For example: Tesco: how supply chain strategy supports retail… Read more HSTalks again
Lingthusiasm is: A podcast that’s enthusiastic about linguistics! Make your boring commute or chores feel like a lively, nerdy, language-y dinner party with real linguists! Gretchen McCulloch (All Things Linguistic) and Lauren Gawne (Superlinguo) bring you into fascinating and hilarious half-hour conversations about the patterns behind language which you never realized you were already saying.… Read more Lingthusiasm
English teachers and students of a certain age may remember The Lost Secret, a BBC Education video course from 1986. It tells the story of a man who has lost his memory and who encounters a gang, led by the sinister Professor Sline. The cast includes Miranda Richardson and Vladek Sheybal. The course is aimed… Read more The Lost Secret
Kanatip Soonthornrak, aka Loukgolf, is an English teacher from Thailand with a YouTube talk show called Loukgolf’s English Room. He chats to his celebrity guests mainly in English. The Cambridge ELT blog, World of Better Learning, has an interview with Loukgolf: Part One and Part Two.
The Smithsonian Channel is a collection of short educational videos on science and other subjects. For example: Baby hedgehog quills don’t harden right away How the CIA turned the tables on Soviet industrial espionage Is sibling rivalry an important survival tool for lion cubs? The astounding length of seaweed in the Sargasso Sea This ingenious… Read more Smithsonian Channel
Learn English with Cambridge is a new YouTube channel, with videos presented by five youngish teachers. The videos so far: 3 phrasal verbs to express excitement in English American vs. British English vocabulary differences Asking for and giving directions in English Common travel expressions in English Common mistakes with modal verbs in English Dietary requirements… Read more Learn English with Cambridge
If you’ve heard of flipped learning but not understood what it involves, here is a one-minute explanation from the University of Texas: Advance HE (previously the Higher Education Academy) has more information and there’s also a Wikipedia article.
Do you know what the preposition above means? And how it is different from on? What if you needed this information to defuse a time bomb? Watch this video from Utrecht University: Source: All Things Linguistic
Did you know that blind people gesture when they speak? Or that blind Turkish speakers gesture like sighted Turkish speakers – but differently from English speakers? In this video linguists Lauren Gawne and Gretchen McCulloch discuss why we gesture when we talk: The Lingthusiasm blog post includes the links mentioned in the video, such as… Read more Gesture
Studying Economics offers advice, help and information for economics undergraduates. Besides the tips on study skills, careers, etc., there are some distractions – links to economics-related videos, songs, games, etc. For example, there’s a catchy song from the Bank of Ghana about their new currency unit and a video of Yoram Bauman, Ph.D., a “stand-up economist”,… Read more Studying Economics
We The Economy is a series of 20 short films which you can watch online. The films look at economics in general and the US economy in particular, and try to answer these questions: What is the economy? What is money? What is the role of our government in the economy? What is globalization? What… Read more We The Economy
A principal lecturer in law at the University of Greenwich has made seven YouTube videos about the criminal law, using Lego. For example, Actus Reus and Mens Rea: Other topics include theft, robbery, burglary, offences against the person and involuntary manslaughter.
The Royal Institution Christmas Lectures are popular science talks given around Christmas each year. The first one was in 1825. They were started by the scientist Michael Faraday. They have been televised since 1936. You can watch the more recent lectures online: for example, Carl Sagan’s six lectures on the planets (1977) and last year’s… Read more Royal Institution Christmas Lectures
LyricsTraining is “the new way to learn English and other languages through music and the lyrics of your favourite songs”. You listen to songs and complete gaps in the lyrics. For example, you might choose “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen. Pick a level from Beginner to Expert. You then get a YouTube video of the song… Read more LyricsTraining
Some essay-writing tips, e.g. “do not put new things in your conclusion”. Also available as a video:
The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, more usually known as the Royal Society of Arts or the RSA, was founded in 1754. Even the internet didn’t exist then! Now that it does, the RSA has taken advantage of the fact by publishing videos of talks, some with animations. For example,… Read more RSA videos
CrashCourse is a collection of YouTube videos on various subjects, including biology, chemistry, computer science and sociology. Tons of awesome courses in one awesome channel!
TED-Ed is a category of TED videos. TED-Ed has short lessons on a wide range of subjects. For example, How to use a semicolon (3:35 min) or Just how small Is an atom? (5:27 min).
HSTalks are video lectures and case studies. UEA has access to the Business & Management Collection. The lectures are accompanied by slides and some have transcripts.
https://learningonscreen.ac.uk/ondemand/ To celebrate, here are some random BoB playlists I made earlier:
If you’re seeing 404 Not Found at the main BoB page, it’s because the TV recording website is “currently undergoing essential maintenance”. It should be back by 10pm on Wednesday 13 June.