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SAGE launches streaming video collections to support pedagogical, curricular and research needs

May 5, 2015

Los Angeles, CA. Independent academic and professional publisher SAGE today announces the launch of SAGE Video, streaming video collections designed to support a range of needs across higher education, including pedagogical use in undergraduate teaching and learning and higher-level academic study and research. Celebrating 50 years as a social and behavioral science publisher in 2015, the first three collections of video content – available now – include Education, Communication and Media Studies, and Counseling and Psychotherapy. More collections will be added in 2016.

With nearly 1,600 videos and 400 hours of content available, the videos include case studies, tutorials, interviews, documentaries, footage of practitioners in real-life professional contexts, and quick-reference definitions. The collections are largely comprised of exclusive content and were originally commissioned, produced by SAGE, or licensed.

“SAGE Video represents an important next step in our 50-year journey as a social and behavioral science publisher,” stated Stephen Barr, President, SAGE International. “The video collections were designed after conducting robust research about changing student needs, instructor preferences, and library support of the research-and-learning ecosystem. We are confident that these new video resources will enrich the research and learning experience in a unique way by intimately connecting learners to experts in social science fields, truly bringing teaching, learning, and research to life.”

SAGE Video collections were created by taking each discipline and mapping key topic areas to video briefs, to ensure alignment with curricular and pedagogical needs within each subject. Each collection has had oversight from international editorial boards, including SAGE authors and editors, and academic partners.

Speaking about the editorial development, SAGE’s Executive Director of Editorial, Kiren Shoman, remarked:

“SAGE’s video collections enable a whole new mode of engagement for our publishing program, which is truly exciting. As with all our publishing, good content is central to our mission. Working with our contributors and editorial advisory boards to ensure we are creating and sourcing high quality, relevant pedagogical and research-aligned content, we  are able to offer videos that really support student, faculty and librarian needs.”

Additionally, the collections were developed in partnership with librarian advisors, who provided insight into how academic libraries support faculty and student use of video at their institutions. SAGE Video titles will be highly discoverable through indexing in discovery services, e-resource management services, and complete title-level MARC records, via search engines as well as YouTube.

The SAGE Video platform has been designed to provide an elegant, intuitive web interface to support the new video collections. The site provides a range of features to support academic needs, including a fully searchable time-stamped transcript, html text for lecturers to embed videos into learning management systems or create their own short clips for classroom use. Additionally, it fully supports accessibility needs, with features such as hot key short cuts and closed captioning.

SAGE’s Executive Director of Product Innovation, Martha Sedgwick, stated:

“We have worked closely with librarians, academics and students to develop a suite of products that will support the core needs for use of video within higher education institutions.  Using cases both within and outside of the classroom, our aim has been to build new relevant products that will both engage users and support a wide range of learning styles.”

Other benefits and features of SAGE Video include:

  • Fully responsive site to support mobile, tablet and desktop use
  • HTML5 Player
  • The ability to change video play speed and video size
  • Auto-scroll, searchable, downloadable transcripts
  • Abstracts and rich metadata for each video
  • Keyboard shortcut keys
  • Multiple citation options
  • The ability to save videos to a playlist
  • Embeddable HTML codes for web pages
  • COUNTER compliant reporting
  • Athens and Shibboleth Access
  • Title level MARC Records for video assets

SAGE Video collections will expand to include Business and Management, Psychology, and Criminology and Criminal Justice in spring 2016.

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