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Saturday, 09 August 2008 07:49

This project seeks to maximise dissemination and impact from a research project conducted exploring the benefits of YouTube on student learning. The previous research project is outlined in the section 'Background'. 


There is wide ranging literature emphasising the speed of change in the new digital environment. The use of YouTube is rising exponentially. Our previous research proved that using YouTube can enhance learning for students. One significant finding which emerged from this research was that students (even those who had used YouTube before) had not considered it as a source of learning resources and this viewed changed considerably during the module significantly populated with YouTube resources. This evidence emphasised personal reflections about the importance of critically in considering YouTube resources.

Clearly we are advocating the increased use of YouTube as a resource and in responsibly doing have to consider the implications. It is imperative that we critically evaluate all resources and this is especially evident given that YouTube is entirely user-generated content.  This is a concerns arising from reflections on action and the development of these resources for teaching. It takes considerable time to critically review enough videos to select them appropriately and it would have been useful for me to have had guidance in this area. Furthermore if this is difficult for teachers then it is likely to be even more difficult for students who are still developing skills in criticality.


Our approach therefore is to develop practical skills in searching and selecting youtube videos alongside skills in critical evaluation. In the workshops this will be undertaken working in small groups and facilitated by peer review. Furthermore all materials used are offered as a reusable learning object for self-directed or classroom use.


Throughout the workshops we will be evaluating our work and undertaking further research about the use of YouTube as a resource for teaching and learning.


We welcome your feedback on our project.



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