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Common Craft Videos: Study Skills

Academic Databases (cc) 2:19

This video explains how to use academic databases to save time and find quality resources for your research.

Bias Detection (cc) 2:38

This video illustrates how bias is a common and sometimes productive part of how we communicate. It also shows how bias can cause problems when it’s hidden or not detected.

Blended Learning (cc) 2:25

This video follows the story of a teacher who discovers blended learning and incorporates it into his teaching. It teaches a basic definition of blended learning and how the Internet has impacted teaching options

Citations and Citing Your Work (cc) 3:54

By thinking through where ideas originate, we can understand what needs a citation. This video guides viewers through three types of ideas found in papers and explains how to use citations responsibly.

Constructive Criticism/ Feedback (cc) 3:10

This video explains how a team can use constructive criticism and feedback to accomplish a goal using a story about a robotics competition.

Critical Thinking (cc) 3:32

Critical thinking is a skill that can be learned and applied to almost any situation. This video tells the story of a team who uses critical thinking in a robot building competition.

Deep Web (cc) 2:37

This video highlights the major differences between the normal websites we see in search results and the databases, services, and websites that are found in the Hidden or Deep Web. 

Facts and Opinions (cc) 3:01

Every day, we see both facts and opinions in media, education and more. Using multiple examples, this video explains the difference between facts and opinions and how to use that information to your advantage.

Flipped Classroom (cc) 2:34

This video explains the flipped classroom and why it is being adopted by teachers. It illustrates problems many teachers experience in the traditional format and how the flipped classroom can help solve them by considering the most effective use of both class time and homework.

Flowcharts (cc) 2:52

Using an example of washing laundry, this video walks through the process of creating a simple flowchart and discusses why flowcharts can be useful in many other contexts.

Instructional Objectives (cc) 3:07

Today, much of teaching and training is focused on meeting specific standards. Writing instructional objectives has become a useful way for instructors to ensure that their results are specific and measurable.This video tells the story of an instructor named Mariam and how she learns to use instructional objectives to plan her lessons.

Libraries in the Internet Age (cc) 2:35

Libraries and librarians have evolved, and these days what they can do may surprise you. This video explains why libraries are more important than ever.

Peer Review Process Explained (cc) 2:25

Peer reviewed articles set the standard among credible sources of information. This video explains the concept of peer review and how it applies to research.

Presentation Planning (cc) 2:32

This video illustrates how to plan your next presentation so that your audience easily understands what you have to say. Tips include how to organize ideas, move your idea points into PowerPoint or Keynote slides, and why visuals are important in a presentation.

Primary and Secondary Sources (cc) 3:20

This video looks back at a big event in history: The Great Storm (England, 1703). It asks the question - how do we know what we know about this storm? This question is answered by explaining primary and secondary sources.

Project Based Learning (cc) 3:44

Presentation Note: This video is courtesy of and includes a title slide at the end of the video.

Education can be more interesting and effective by focusing students on work that matters.  Project Based Learning focuses on involving students in projects that teach a variety of skills.  Video covers critical thinking, collaboration, and communication as major components of PBL and explains how PBL helps develop these skills in students.

Project Management Basics (cc) 3:14

The video follows a team who works together with a project manager to build a prototype. It explains why project management matters and how it can be applied to other types of projects.

Public Domain (cc) 2:53

Using music as an example to explain why public domain exists and what it means when a song, photo, artwork, document or any creative work is in the public domain.

Research Papers (cc) 3:12

Research papers are more than an assignment; they teach students how to construct an argument and influence others. The video teaches why research papers are really arguments that influence others and why arguments matter in the real world .It also explains how to structure an argument with a claim, evidence and defensible points.

Social Bookmarking (cc) 3:14

This video introduces the basics of bookmarking services like

Twitter Search (cc) 3:08

This video uses a metaphor of “Twitterville” to illustrate the opportunities to use the Twitter Search feature to find people and information, read news and discover emerging information.

Web Search Strategies (cc) 2:29

This video introduces the best ways to use search engines to find information on the Web. It uses real-world examples that illustrate ways to reduce useless results.

Website Evaluation (cc) 2:58

This video walks through the basics of evaluating a website to find quality information. It encourages viewers to evaluate websites in the way an editor would review an article.

Wikipedia (cc) 3:37

Working as a Team (cc) 3:29

Using an example of a robot building competition, this video follows the story of two teams with different approaches to teamwork.


Viewing of Common Craft videos for Tulsa Community College students, staff and faculty is provided by Tulsa Community College Libraries.

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Video Use and Licensing

How to Embed a Common Craft Video

Individual Common Craft videos can be embedded into your course page or website.  If you are a student, staff, or faculty member at Tulsa Community College, contact a librarian for assistance in getting the code for embedding a video.

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