YouTube, Seriously

To jump-start a new school year, more than 20 School of Communications faculty and staff members gathered this week to watch some YouTube videos.

Actually, we had a serious reason to do so.

We hosted cultural anthropology professor Mike Wesch of Kansas State, whose 2007 “Machine Is Us” video on technology and learning (below) has now been watched on YouTube more than six million times.



We saw two other Wesch creations as well. One is his presentation at the Library of Congress where he cleverly integrated his speech with engaging visuals and videos.

The other is a bleak assessment of education at big universities where impersonal classes contain hundreds of students. “A Vision of Students Today” (below) has been viewed two and a half million times.



The theme of our conversation with him this week is that the rise of online social networks, coupled with the ability for anyone with a computer to create information, has shifted the way students learn, which means we as teachers must keep adapting in the classroom.

Thank goodness we have a savvy faculty at Elon that takes seriously this continual need for educational evolution.

Explore posts in the same categories: Communications Today, Social Media, Teaching, Technology

One Comment on “YouTube, Seriously”

  1. Tim McMahon Says:

    I commend you for bringing this dialogue to the Blog. I am sorry I missed Wesch’s presentation, but grateful you have provided a linke here. His material is a wonderful source to challenge each of us on how we approach teaching and learning.

    I am sure you and many of your readers have seen Sir Ken Robinson’s 2006 TED presentation, nonetheless, I find it a refreshing to give it look every so often to remind me of the challenge we have as teachers, in particularly teachers who have the challenge of drawing out student creativity.

    YOU TUBE, and all of the social media for that matter, are the new dynamic conduit of communication and and creating meaning and we do well to embrace it, seriously. Try out Sir Ken Robinson, you will find it at:

    Tim McMahon
    Clinical Asst. Professor
    New York University

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