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Tuesday, 09 November 2010 22:29

This page helps you to understand the benefit and limitations of YouTube in representing Multiple Viewpoints.

It is important that students are subjected to more than the lecturer's viewpoint. YouTube videos used in class or set as self-directed work offers the chance to both underpin and challenge new knowledge. Students should also be offered the opportunity to discuss the multiple viewpoints - either face-to-face or through online discussions.

Andrew's introduction gives an example of the way he uses YouTube videos to explain multiple viewpoints about a national health service from both UK and US examples.

It is important to remember that the range of videos offered is not a set of balanced viewpoints. Conducting a simple test for any contraversial subject is likely to reveal interesting but skewed results. For example a search for animal testing finds far far more provocative videos demonstrating the negativity of animal testing than those representing its benefits. This, of course, does not reflect the strength of the argument, only the stregnth of public opinon using this particular medium.

Think of a subject you teach or learn which has multiple interpretations. Popular examples for example include euthanasia, immigration, and vaccination. Conduct an initial YouTube search - scan the information for the most popular videos and reflect on what they might say about public opinion. Try to find two videos which directly contrast or provoke contradictions. Write down a list comparing what they tell you about the topic. Reflect on what you have learned about the subject from this activity.