I'm always glad to see educators recommending YouTube for Learning & Teaching. I have also found it to be a fantastic L&T tool and I often wonder how I would manage without it. Sue Beckingham is an Educational Developer and Senior Lecturer in Computing with a research interest in the use of social media in higher education - she is also the author of the Social Media for Learning web site. This week Sue gives some great tips for using YouTube with students:
- Ask your students to create ‘About Me’ videos and share with the class
- Create a playlist of videos you are going to use in lessons
- Encourage your students to subscribe to relevant subject related channels or playlists
- Showcase student work by creating a course channel
- Use TED talk videos (or other relevant videos) as a focus for discussion
- In place of a face to face presentation ask students to screencast their presentation with a voice over
- Create how to guides to introduce new concepts
- Produce video summaries of assessment briefs and the marking criteria
- Use video to give students feedback (this could be a screencast with voice over)
- Ask students to reflect on this feedback as a video and embed in their digital portfolio
Source: Using YouTube in Learning and Teaching (Beckingham, 2015)
There are some great ideas here - my favourite is #1. This would be a great way for students to get to know each other in 1st year. Also a good idea for using in porjects, eg an "About My Project" short video. I also like the idea of giving feedback by video, though I would be cautious about what might happen to the video if used inappropriately.
Video in Learning & Teaching is here to stay!