Supplement Academic Programs with Penn Video Network
August 20, 2003 :: Reni Roberts, ISC Networking & Telecommunications
The Penn Video Services wing of ISC Networking & Telecommunications
provides University departments and centers, instructors, and all
academic courses and programs by broadcasting movies and special-events
programming free of charge on Penn Video Network (PVN). PVN,
the University's cable television and special video events network,
college halls and fraternity/sorority chapter houses and is also
available in over 60 academic and administrative buildings.
Use of video in academic programs can heighten interest in course
students into deeper discussion. In addition, by taking advantage of this
service, departments and centers gain visibility for their projects.
As the fall term gets underway, now is a great time
to take advantage of the following PVN services:
Request Movie Broadcasts -
PVN's movie channels (11 & 22) broadcast
40 to 50 movies a month, a combination of blockbusters, foreign
and independent films. Films are leased on a monthly basis and
need to be requested six weeks prior to the month in which they
are broadcast. To request that a movie be broadcast in support
of your curriculum or program, contact PVN at email@example.com or
fill out the simple online request form at: www.upenn.edu/video/classes/classes-form.html.
Please note that PVN runs films obtained from two large distribution
companies that provide the appropriate rights to broadcast on a
closed-circuit system. Some films are available for home rental
but not for closed-circuit broadcast, so you may want to choose
a backup movie in the event that your first choice is not available.
PVN staff can also suggest alternate titles if they aren't able
to gain broadcast rights to film you request.
Special Events Channel
Broadcast - Enhance your course/event with
PVN's Special Events Channel (24), which provides special programming
aimed at a college audience. PVN's knowledgeable and friendly
staff will work with you to determine if a movie or video can
be rebroadcast to coincide with a special event. Recent programming
included broadcast of movies for the Greenfield Intercultural
Center's Unity Week as well as consecutive showings of Tell Me
a Riddle, a film depicting an elderly couple dealing with serious
illness shown in support of Dr. Barbara Reigel's (School of Nursing)
coursework. For information on broadcasting on this channel,
contact PVN by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.