Tuesday, March 22, 2011

YouTube, TeacherTube, and the Future of Shared Online Video

Happy March everyone... the first day of Spring has came ;)

This week we discussed shared video's and online learning. On my oncourse posting this week, Dr. Bonk mentioned several good point on the pros and cons of online video sharing. Here are a couple from him? What do you think?
1. Motivates students--uses technology to which they are familiar and excited to learn with.

2. Connects concepts in books to the real world (not always, but often).

3. Allows for quick and repeated replay and review of concepts.

They might not be accessible due to a firewall.

2. They links can rot or go dead. Link rot used to be more of a problem 10 years ago then today, but it remains an issue.

3. Students might become too reliant on video and not read the book.
In my opinion, I think, the pros out weight the cons. We do have to consider copyrights and other important issues BUT I think that we are at the point of online video sharing on a daily basis. Several students relay on video's via YouTube to learn and share points of interest. We certainly are able to share information freely, why not learn from it?


  1. There are a lot of cons to video, particularly if it isn't used well, but like you I believe that the pros vastly outweigh them. I actually wrote about an experience I had recently that was a like a virtual field trip to these highly-restricted-access caves in the south of France, and previously I've watched documentaries about the Large Hadron Collider. Video can give us access to so much that we wouldn't otherwise be allowed to experience.

  2. Christina, I couldn't agree more with your post about the pros and cons of youtube, teachertube, etc. Those are good alternative for students who are bored to read all the time.

    For learning purposes, teacher can ask students not only be regular viewer, but also encourage them to make useful video content and put it in Youtube. This is a good way to encourage students to be creative, willing to share their knowledge, willing to accept other comments (because Youtube allows us to put comment for each video), collaborate with other video maker to cover a certain subject, and also push the students to learn technology in a fun way (learn how to make videos, edit it and how to upload it).