Monday, April 30, 2012

Reaching 1,000,000 Learners through @youtube

A great start to Monday for my YouTube Partner Channel - Learn with Dr Eugene O'Loughlin which sometime earlier this morning passed the 1,000,000 views mark. Though I have been anticipating this for several weeks now it is still a bit of a (brilliant) shock to have reached this magic number. 

Image source: Wikipedia.
Thank you so much to all my viewers and to the 1,087 subscribers to the channel. Learners have been brilliant at adding comments and likes, as well as watching and sharing the videos. As an educator it feels wonderful to have reached so many learners through the YouTube medium when I could not possibly do the same in the classroom. Mine is still the only Irish YouTube Partner in the Lifelong Learning section of YouTube EDU. It's difficult to make out, but as far as I can see there is only one other Irish Partner channel (Trinity College) in all of YouTube EDU.

What surprises me is that when I set up this channel had no real plan - I just uploaded a few videos that I felt my own students needed. They are mostly based on content I use in my own classes - but there is no syllabus. I hope to build it up some more by adding more videos and possibly adding new playlists.

Throughout this week I will publish some of the statistics available through YouTube Analytics about which videos are most popular and where the channel viewers are coming from. It make for interesting reading.

I feel really humbled this morning. 

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