ResearchChannel was founded in 1996 by a consortium of leading American research and academic institutions. It aims to provide videos and webcasts of academic events, lectures and debates covering all areas of the sciences, humanities and social sciences. Contributors include Johns Hopkins University, the University of Virginia and the University of Washington.
It includes an extensive section on business and economics.
Users may search or browse titles. It is also possible to sign up for a monthly email newsletter. For each item, descriptions, technical details and options to share the content are displayed. The main website includes technical news on the use of multimedia, audio and visual materials in education.