UNITE Streaming Video Access for Students Enrolled in On-Campus Sections

UNITE Distributed Learning makes course videos available to students enrolled in a UNITE section via streaming video (live and asynchronous, available same day) and downloadable video and audio podcasts (also available same day). 

UNITE is a self-supporting unit in the College of Science and Engineering (CSE) - for this service, students pay an additional fee to enroll in UNITE sections of the course(s).

Students enrolled in on-campus sections will have access to the asynchronous streaming videos on a ten-day delay at no cost as follows:

For Courses with UNITE-Enrolled Students

(Fall, Spring and Summer Semesters):
UNITE makes streaming video archives of class lectures available to students who are enrolled in the on-campus sections of courses in which UNITE is also enrolling students, with varying degrees of access based on semester.

Summer access is extremely limited for on-campus students (see below). 

Note that there are occasions when the instructor has opted out of this for those enrolled in the on-campus section(s) of the course. 

For Courses without UNITE-Enrolled Students

(Fall and Spring Semesters only; Does not occur in Summer Semesters):
Additionally, the Office of the Dean for the College of Science and Engineering (CSE) sponsors the recording and streaming of CSE courses scheduled in UNITE-enhanced classrooms that are not offered for registration through UNITE. Note that there are occasions when the instructor has opted out of this service. Also note that this is not done for Summer Semester

In both cases, there is no additional charge to the students enrolled in the on-campus sections of these courses.

Availability of Streaming Videos to Students Enrolled in On-Campus Sections of a Course that UNITE is Recording/Streaming

For Fall and Spring Semesters:

  • The University of Minnesota holds the copyright to this media - your access is strictly limited to your enrollment in this course.  Accessing the media through either the UNITE Media Portal or within the Canvas course site obligates the student to the UNITE media agreement posted in both the UNITE Media Portal and the Canvas course site.  Violation of the agreement will result in immediate loss of access to ALL UNITE media, with escalation of incident to the CSE Dean’s Office and the University Office of General Counsel;
  • Instructors may opt out of this service for those enrolled in on-campus section(s);
  • Videos are streaming only (no downloads available to students enrolled in the on-campus sections);
  • Access is on a ten-day delay, lifted one week prior to scheduled exams WHEN THE INSTRUCTOR has provided exam dates to UNITE;
  • UNITE will consider lifting the ten-day delay for:
    • Illness/emergency lasting one-week or longer with documentation;
    • Positive Test for COVID with documentation (examples: photo of positive home test, copy of PCR results) - following the University's guidance (August '22) for five-day isolation for a positive COVID test;
    • University of Minnesota events/projects with inflexible schedules.  Approved examples: travel for CSE Solar Car Team Project, travel for University athletics; Examples of those not approved: CSE Career Fair, which has an all-day schedule);
    • Travel for a conference related to a student's program;
  • The ten-day delay is lifted one week prior to the University's Last Day of Instruction, which precedes Finals Week;
  • Access to all videos ends on the last day of finals - no exceptions (including Incompletes assigned by instructors);

For Summer Semester:

  • The University of Minnesota holds the copyright to this media - your access is strictly limited to your enrollment in this course.  Accessing the media through either the UNITE Media Portal or within the Canvas course site obligates the student to the UNITE media agreement posted in both the UNITE Media Portal and the Canvas course site.  Violation of the agreement will result in immediate loss of access to ALL UNITE media, with escalation of incident to the CSE Dean’s Office and the University Office of General Counsel;
  • For Summer semester, videos are are ONLY accessible for students enrolled in on-campus sections for the week prior to Final Exams;
  • Instructors may opt out of this service for those enrolled in on-campus section(s);
  • Videos are streaming only (no downloads available to students enrolled in the on-campus sections);
  • Only courses with active UNITE enrollments will be recorded during the Summer Semester (UNITE does not record any courses without UNITE enrollments during the Summer semester and will discontinue recording for those courses with UNITE enrollments if all students enrolled through UNITE withdrawal from the course); 
  • UNITE will consider lifting the delay for:
    • Illness/emergency lasting one-week or longer with documentation;
    • Positive Test for COVID with documentation - following the University's guidance (August '22) for five-day isolation for a positive COVID test;
    • University of Minnesota events/projects with inflexible schedules.  Approved examples: travel for CSE Solar Car Team Project, travel for University athletics; Examples of those not approved: CSE Career Fair, which has an all-day schedule);
    • Travel for a conference related to a student's program;
  • Access to all videos ends on the last day of finals - no exceptions (including Incompletes assigned by instructors);

Accommodation Services 

UNITE partners with the University of Minnesota's Disability Resource Center (DRC) in implementing accommodations for students enrolled in on-campus sections of courses when approved by DRC access consultants. If you are working with the DRC, please have your access consultant contact us on your behalf.

More about the Disability Resource Center: 

https://disability.umn.edu/accommodations-and-services

Accessing Streaming Videos 

To access these files, first run through the system requirements.

You may then test your computer and connection speed with one of UNITE's demonstration streaming videos.

If you have technical questions or issues, DO NOT ASK YOUR INSTRUCTOR OR TAs FOR ASSISTANCE. Instead, please refer to UNITE's Troubleshooting FAQs.

Once that is complete, access the files for your class through the UNITE Media Portal. Your University Internet ID (a.k.a. "x.500") and password are required - log in and click on the link for the course.

Again, if you have technical questions or issues, please first refer to UNITE's Troubleshooting FAQs.

Please direct other questions or comments to unite@umn.edu.