YouTube and the College Instructor

Use YouTube Videos as Teaching Aids

Each time I check for online I find more and better videos, ones well suited for the college classroom.  There are variety of reasons an instructor should use this vast resource.

Several years ago, I taught a business statistics course for Keller Graduate School of Management. As with every new Keller adjunct, I was required to participate in a four-part Educator In Training (EIT) program before I was approved to teach my first class. One of the things Keller expected instructors to do was break up your class into chunks of no more than 20 minutes. (There is sound research that supports this advice.) This is a great technique to use if you want to keep your students engaged.

One way to break up a long lecture is to intersperse videos. You don’t have any videos related to what you are teaching? Sure you do. You just need to know where to look. YouTube to the rescue. You can click on the logo to go there, but promise you’ll come back. 🙂

Examples of Educational YouTube Videos

Biology Lesson Photosynthesis

Automotive Technology Lesson Replacing a Cam Shaft

Computer-Aided Drafting Lesson How to Use the Hanger Tool in AutoCAD

HVAC Lesson How to Inspect and Clean an Oil Burner

Algebra Lesson How to Graph a Straight Line

Videos help your students learn. In addition to helping you engage your students, videos serve sound pedagogical purposes. Videos can be used to introduce a topic. Videos can be used to reinforce a topic. Videos can be used to maximize instruction time. Students can study YouTube videos on their own. You could make assignments for students to watch and report on YouTube videos. Heck, have your students search for videos that relate to the topic you are covering.

So, does YouTube have a video for every topic in every college course? Probably not for every topic, but I bet you can find a video or two for any course you teach. I found videos on writing essays, writing poetry, playing a piano, measuring blood pressure, theories of psychology, art history genres, and how to light a Bunsen burner.

Get the picture? The motion picture that is. 🙂

© 2010 Paul A. Hummel, Ed.D.

Revised March 18, 2010


About Dr. Paul A. Hummel, Ed.D.

My name is Paul Hummel, and I often introduce myself to others as a recovering engineer. If you are familiar with the Dilbert cartoons, let me simply say that I lived all of that. I started my college saga at Illinois Institute of Technology. Eventually, I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Engineering Management. I worked for many years in industry, and during this time I did some college adjunct teaching. During my career I held several managerial positions in industry, the last as Director of Technology of a division of a Fortune 500 corporation. Then, in 1996, with minimal planning or forethought, I found myself working as a manufacturing consultant on behalf of Elgin Community College (ECC). My career in higher education began to take shape. I fell in love with ECC and with the mission of community colleges in general. I worked fulltime and occasionally taught college courses for my institution and two other colleges. After a couple years I set a goal to move over to the “credit side of the college” and eventually become a college administrator. In 2006, having earned my doctorate in education, I achieved that goal. I was hired by Waubonsee Community College as Dean for Technology, Mathematics and Physical Sciences. I have had the great fortune of working at two excellent colleges. The insights I want to share are drawn from the various college positions I have held. At ECC, in addition to my consulting role, I coordinated non-credit professional development training programs for three years and spent four years advising students in the TRiO Student Support Services program. That position helped me understand college education from the perspective of today’s college students. After seven years at Waubonsee, I retired April 30, 2013. I now devote my knowledge and skills to upgrading and expanding the websites I created beginning with Adjunct Assistance. I have three other websites: College Teaching Tips, Keys for College Success and Lighthouse for Learning. A lot of work lies ahead for me in terms of upgrading and expanding each of these websites, but I could not be more excited about fulfilling the vision I have for helping college instructors and their students succeed.

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