Canadian Network of Innovation in Education Abstract

While YouTube is not new to education, ongoing evaluation of new ways to use it and improve its effectiveness enables innovation. As a video creator, the possibilities are endless. Imagine being able to help your students anytime they needed you. Now imagine that you could just as easily help students around the world in the process. Videos can target the cognitive, affective, and psychomotor domains of Bloom’s taxonomy while remaining highly accessible on handheld devices (May, Wedgeworth, & Bigham, 2013). There is a clear need be cautious when selecting videos created by others for learning to ensure they are accurate and help students meet course objectives (Agazio & Buckley, 2009; Jaffar, 2012; May et al., 2013). It is often difficult to find a video that meets all the needs of learners in a particular course. For these reasons, Jaffar (2012) suggests that creation of videos by faculty is the optimal strategy for promoting effective student learning.

As Blankenship (2011) states “… the most inescapable truth about social media in education: No matter what one thinks of them, they aren’t going away … we need our choices to be well informed.” The presenters share their experiences in YouTube video use and creation and offer tips for others who are considering incorporating this strategy into their practice. The presenters’ experiences include creating videos targeted at postsecondary students and assisting in the development of student-led video creation at a highly innovative JK to 6 school. Having taught both in-person and online, the presenters have found that video has been particularly useful for improving perceived approachability. Sharing of these experiences will help other educators consider if and how they may use YouTube.

The presentation will be targeted to the needs and experience level of the audience. By the end of this presentation, learners will be able to: a) consider ways to integrate existing videos into teaching practices, b) identify areas where video creation may be useful in their practice, c) if desired, begin planning a strategy to be found on YouTube, and d) be aware of potential legal issues involved in video creation (ownership of material and copyright).