Posts Tagged 'video lectures'

More ‘tubes’ for learning

I have mentioned to colleagues and written in prior posts that YouTube has been instrumental in my learning about web 2.0.  Video how-tos about web-based tools such as blogs, wikis, podcasts, RSS, etc. are often engaging and easy to understand (especially those produced by Common Craft), and many video tutorials exist that offer a step-by-step approach to signing up for using some of the hosted applications.  And apparently there are many people using available videos to learn all kinds of new things.  But is YouTube is not alone in offering these videos for learning. I read about the variety of video-based lecture sites in the Boston Sunday Globe on November 2, 2008 in an article by Jeffrey MacIntyre entitled “U Tube: Want a free education? A brief guide to the burgeoning world of online video lectures.” Some of these new video sites which he describes and rates according to a number of factors include Fora.tv, Bigtihnk.com, Edge.org, and Technology Entertainment Design (TED).  Even iTunes has a site called iTunes U. I did visit each of these briefly to see what they are all about, and the content does seem somewhat more “academic” as MacIntyre suggests.  But then again, some of YouTube videos are too.  Overall, though, there seems to be more notable people speaking and fewer unknown types on these sites that serve, as MacIntyre claims, as a “thinking person’s YouTube.” But what caught my attention was not the quality or content on the sites, but the fact that they exist.  And the fact that people are listening to and gaining knowledge from them illustrates to me anyway that these e-learning venues are more prolific than I thought just a few short months ago.

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