Need a video to help explain a concept in your First Year Seminar? These Ted Talks, You Tubes and other clips were collected for you. Use the short descriptions to find videos that fit your curriculum. The included form is a guide to help you easily decipher the video’s length, main purpose, and discussion points for class and possible reflection questions for a student assignment.
Time Management and Good Habits
This video introduces the concept of study habits and time management and gives one way to try to changes the ones a student comes into college with.
This video emphasizes education as a means for self-improvement and the opportunity to make college a fresh start.
This video is good as a motivational piece and could pair really well with a time management lecture.
This is a good video for students because it emphasizes the importance of personal values against outside pressure. It’s good for them to know that they have options and don’t have to “drift”.
This video focuses on the necessity of having multiple points of view and not accepting one story as the definitive idea of anything; this is a great way to discuss choosing majors and not choosing based on one piece of information.
This is good for students because it advocates for a new perspective on failure. This is especially good for first year students, especially those that did well in high school, because they tend to shut down when the first thing goes wrong in a semester.
*Margaret Heffernan: Dare to disagree
This video really speaks about critical thinking and questioning what we think we know. Students should know how to think critically and how to describe what it means to think critically and this video explains that concept.