Find existing video



Find existing video and audio

Creating your own video is a time consuming process. You could check whether others have already covered the same topic, particularly, when your topic covers basic subject knowledge, calculations, procedures or skills. Existing film or documentaries can also serve as an introduction for a course, session or assignment, enhancing student engagement and motivation to discover more.

In this section we cover a number of platforms and websites that offer educational videos, films and or documentaries.  Please beware of copyright licenses.  For more information, check our section on copyright.

For some platforms the UM has obtained a license through SURF market, the Collaborative organisation for ICT in Dutch education and research (funded by the Dutch Government), or UM teaching staff and/or students can obtain licenses at reduced cost themselves. Other portals, websites or platforms contain copyrighted videos, as well as Creative Commons licensed videos. Always check the conditions and ask for permission, if necessary.  Note that many platforms websites offer the option to include license preference (i.e. creative commons) in your search.
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Below you find a selection of platforms, websites, portals and channels that offer video and audio content.

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Video and audio platforms, websites, portals and channels

Academia of the Dutch institute of sound and vision 

All UM staff and students have free access through a UM wide license through SURF market. Academia provides online access to 90.000 audiovisual resources for Dutch Higher education and sciences. The resources are selected from archives of the Dutch Institute of sound and vision. The selection is constantly increasing and include:

  • Recent programs from Dutch National television
  • Current and historic TV archive
  • Current and historic collections, such as nature documentaries, movies, National Government Information Services collection, Cinema newsreels by Polygoon and wisebits (short educational video clips).
  • Historic and current radio recordings

Go to Surf Market Academia Portal to login


Video Arts  e-learning provider of entertaining corporate training videos. There are two different collections.

  • The Classics Collections.  A slightly older collection of about 60 videos and e-learning courses,  featuring famous UK actors. Length 20 minutes combined with an online courses that take 60 minutes to complete.
  • The Essentials Collections. A more recent collection of 140 snappy videos and 42 e-learning courses covering must-have skills for managers and employees. Video are 2 minutes in length combined with three or four short online modules.

Note that the works are copyright protected but that Higher education teaching staff can obtain a license through SURF market at reduced cost. Content SURF license desk 

Khan Academy 

The Kahn Academy is is a non-profit  educational organization that offers short video lectures on various education levels, including university. Subjects include math, science and engineering, computing, arts and humanities and economics and finances. The website includes practice exercises and tools. Mainly English, but also Spanish, Portuguese, Turkish, French, Bangla and Hindi.

Ted talks 

TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). The website includes videos on various topics, including science, business, social and global issues, in more than 100 languages. Most videos are licensed via Creative Commons license (CC BY NC ND 4.0 International). This means it may be used for personal and/or educational purposes.


Vimeo is a global open video platform. As everyone can upload, it is important to check the license. If nothing is stated, this does not guarantee it is copyright free. Vimeo offers a special search section for videos published under a Creative Commons license.


 YouTube is a global open video platform. As everyone can upload, it is important to check the license. If nothing is stated, this does not guarantee it is copyright free. For videos that were published under the creative commons license, you can choose “creative commons” in the search filter. You tube provides special education and teacher channels.


Vsauce is a network of the top science and education channels on YouTube, comprised of Vsauce1, Vsauce2 and Vsauce3 with 14 million subscribers and over 1 billion views. Vsauce focuses on hyper-curiosity about the world and look at everything with fresh, excited eyes. Check for the copyright license. 


Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more.

Big Think 

 Big think is a web portal  that features interviews, multimedia presentations, and roundtable discussions with speakers from a range of fields. Please note that the video is copyright protected, so only linking to and streaming the video is allowed. No downloading or  copying without permission


Veritasium is a channel of science and engineering videos featuring experiments, expert interviews, cool demos, and discussions with the public about everything science.


This ArtTube is a collective video platform of leading museums and art institutions from the Netherlands and Belgium. Take a look behind the scenes of museums and artists studios. 

Open Images

Open Images (Open beeld) is a Dutch open media platform by the Dutch Institute for Sound and Vision. It offers online access to audiovisual archive material to stimulate creative reuse.

Official website of the Nobel Prize  

Features educational material including videos on different science topics



Platforms for medical videos recommended by the Faculty of Medicine and Life Sciences

Medisch Onderwijs

Members only platform (Dutch and English). Maastricht University is a member. It is intended for the distribution of Medical Computer Based Training lesson that are:

  • self contained interactive learning units with a defined learning goal,
  • directed to an increase in medical knowledge or skills,
  • directly accessible from without a separate password.
  • intended to be played on a computer.

Anatomy Zone

AnatomyZone is an online platform with interactive, 3 dimensional videos on anatomy. It is free for everyone.