YouTube and Education

M’colleague Martin Poulter has been blogging about YouTube and education over at the Ancient Geeks blog. I agree with him that there is plenty of educational content on YouTube, but it could be easier to find and I also wonder where are all the YouTube educators?

I would imagine that mainstreaming video production into your normal working routine would be quite difficult, whereas blogging is text based and akin to writing up as you go along or thinking out loud – something that is easier to do and seems to have found an accepted place in academic discourse.

While looking for examples of the use of video in educational settings, I came across a fascinating case study from America.

Alexandra Juhasz is a media studies professor at Pitzer College, in the States. Last year she taught a class about YouTube using the site itself. Students contributions and assignments were uploaded to the site, which Juhasz arranged into playlists and added to with videos of her own.

Here she reflects on her experiences.

The course was picked up by the mainstream media and presented in the stereotypical manner of “What are these people doing watching YouTube at university?” Overall, Juhasz considers the whole experience to have been somewhat negative, describing the YouTube community as one that believes in self-censorship, is surprisingly mainstream and not a place for learning, although they learnt a lot there.

There’s a lot more on her interesting experiment via the archive of videos and playlists on the course YouTube channel and extended writings on her blog.

For more on YouTube and education try EDUCAUSE’s 7 things you should know about YouTube, Graeme Daniel’s collection of annotated links on YouTube and Education or OpenCulture’s 10 signs of intelligent life on YouTube.

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