YouTube and E-Learning

We see a number of social networking technologies finding their way into education: wikis, blogs, bookmark sharing, video sharing, portals, and educational mash-ups.  This is a promising trend.  I see a wide variety of educational applications to each of these.  However, many of these tools are still in the first stage of use in e-learning.  Wikis are probably the most used, but we have not come close to tapping the educational benefits of video sharing tools like the one used by Youtube.  Take a look at the following screen capture where I labeled some of the features surrounding a typical Youtube video.

Now consider how this type of a technology can be applied in an e-learning course. Threaded discussions could have embedded videos as discussion prompts. Students could post speeches and video comments for peer feedback. In fact, threaded discussions could be a mix of text, audio, and video, depending upon the preference of the students, the educational goals, or some other important educational factor. Having such a video sharing resource would also allow instructors to easily provide brief video explanations and tutorials during the course of a semester, independent of any technical or instructional design support. I have been working on this idea for the past year and I hope to pilot something in a few e-learning courses next semester.

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About Bernard Bull

Dr. Bernard Bull is an author, host of the MoonshotEdu Show, professor of education, AVP of Academics, and Chief Innovation officer. Some of his books include Missional Moonshots: Insights and Inspiration for Educational Innovation, What Really Matters: Ten Critical Issues in Contemporary Education, The Pedagogy of Faith (editor), and Adventures in Self-Directed Learning. He is passionate about futures in education, educational innovation, alternative education, and nurturing agency and curiosity.