Well i’ve just heard that I’ve been successful in getting a small amount of money from CSAP (a subject network within the HEA) to conduct a small scale study of the use of YouTube in teaching introductory sociology.
The aims of this project are to provide a case study of the use of YouTube videos in learning and teaching at a 10 week introductory sociology course at the Foundation Centre at Durham University, which prepares mature and international students for their undergraduate degree. With such a diverse student body it is hoped that a range of significant issues can be explored such as cultural factors affecting student perceptions about the use of publicly available materials in class and the benefits to students and staff of using this content. These issues will be explored through focus groups.
The outcomes of this project will include a YouTube playlist of relevant materials, which will be openly available and something which the sociology community will be able to contribute to beyond the life of the project, providing a lasting and valuable resource. In addition to this the project will host a workshop exploring the use of YouTube in the classroom, which will involve an invited guest speaker with an interest in this area, as well as conference and journal papers.
This 6 month project will be starting in the new year, so i’d better get my skates on. But this blog post will be a useful starting point for a discussion, if anybody has any questions, comments or useful suggestions!