I’ve been mashing up web resources for my College Algebra class this semester. For the most part, I stick to Khan academy videos because students tend to like them and the library is so extensive. On some topics, I’ve been pushed out onto the web to supplement. One of the best math video resources I’ve found on the web is MathTV. There are a couple of things I really like about it. One, videos are introduced by the problem not by the topic. I have noticed, when pushing my students to find web resources on their own, a huge block for them is coming up with the relevant search terms for the skill e.g. simplifying complex fractions. However, they are much better at recognizing when a problem is similar to the one they want to solve. Therefore, MathTV makes it easier/faster for them to find what they are looking for. The second reason I like MathTV is they have multiple explanations of the same problem by different tutors. Sometimes there is even a Spanish language option.
The frustrating thing is that I can’t link directly to a list of videos on a particular skill. You can see them altogether, but there isn’t a unique URL for that view. They have a playlist creation function on the website that didn’t work very well that is supposed to accomplish this. But even if it did, that is a lot more work than I want to do. It would be nice to copy the link for “absolute value equations” directly from my browser, and then paste it into my discussion system.