Questions from the audience about youtube and education

by Sayraphim on February 10, 2020

I presented on my edutube (educational youtube) phd to a working group of Digital Innovators today at @latrobe. Got some really interesting questions at the end. So here is a thread of interesting questions about youtube and the classroom

1) what is the copyright issues about showing various videos in class?

Good qn! I am not a copyright expert and you should ask someone who is. But teachers should be aware that some videos are illegally uploaded and so it’s breaking copyright to show them to your students!

2) what do I say to university students who ask me why they’re paying so much in fees so I can just show them a bunch of someone else’s youtube videos?

Another good qn! I think that formal learning can benefit from someone curating the journey, especially at the start and that a uni course is more (or it should be more) than just a bunch of youtube videos strung together. Lectures (and/or tutors) are there to answer questions and respond to various individual questions and thoughts from students. Which you can’t get from just a youtube vid however that doesn’t mean I’m down on youtube vids! No no! I’m about to start a phd on them – I’m fascinated by the educational content that is up on youtube and the creators behind it, and I’m all for #YouTubeUniversity where people conduct their own learning journey

3) What happens to all this teaching if youtube goes away?

It is difficult to study a social media long term, as so many of them sink and others come in to replace them. But a couple of thoughts – a) youtube is huge and will probs be around for at least 5-10 yrs yet b) that if it does go down, something will come along to replace it c) people are used to making content so they’ll just find something else and d) there are always creative people figuring out new ways to use technology and social media to share ideas & knowledge

4) What happens when the technology itself becomes obsolete?

Museums like ACMI have massive amounts of items on older technology, they’re trying as fast as they can to digitise it all but they loose a heartbreaking amount of items a year. The videos degrade, the technology can’t be read anymore, cd only have a life span of about 20 years. It’s a massive problem for museums and libraries everywhere. However, I can’t really comment much because it’s truly outside the scope of my phd.

5) Are you (me) asking lecturers and teachers to upload everything they make to youtube?

No no! Not at all! I’m insatiably curious about the educational stuff that’s already up on youtube, and the stuff that’ll be uploaded tomorrow, and the day after that and the day after that. ut I’m absolutely NOT advocating for lecturers and teachers who arn’t already doing it that they have to do it too! If they want to try that out, ace! And we have a facebook group for Aus and NZ edutubers, teachers or not,… who you can chat to about it.

But I absolutely am NOT arguing that everyone should do it. Ok, I think that was all the #edutube questions, if anyone else has questions that weren’t asked in the presentation, feel free to ask them below and I’ll do my best to answer them!

This whole thing was originally a tweet thread on my twitter account, and it got two responces, one from Sean Elliot:

So that was nice!

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