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