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YouTube EDU March 28, 2009

Posted by B.J. Schone in eLearning.
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YouTube EDU launched this past week containing online lectures from more than 100 colleges and universities. The site lets you browse hundreds of videos by school or you can search by subject. The variety of content is amazing – everything from Advanced Finite Elements Analysis to How to Make Spring Cupcakes.

An internal site like this could be fantastic for capturing tribal knowledge in a corporate environment. Does YouTube have a version that companies can license? Are there similar video-sharing sites/applications that can be deployed in-house? Please chime in if you have experience with this, and I’ll do some research on my own.

(FYI – Many of the educational videos link over to the regular YouTube.com site, so it may be confusing for some users when the EDU branding and interface disappears when clicking back and forth between the sites.)



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3. David Hopkins - April 23, 2009

There is a ‘fear’ among academics on the ownership of such material, especially when it is posted to something public like YouTube; Whilst the ownership of the Intellectual Property is something that the academics need to resolve with their own contract and Institution, but there are issues surrounding whether materials posted to YouTube should be allowed and/or used in the VLE.

What is needed is not necessarily a technological answer to the above, but a definite shift in the attitude from both academics and Institutions to using and recommending content in the public domain; it might be avaialble today when we write the material, but not when the students try to access.

4. B.J. Schone - April 23, 2009

Hi David,

I think you’re definitely correct – there is fear, and many people (and schools/universities) are struggling to figure out how to cope with the changing times and determine how it affects their intellectual property.

I think we’ll continue to see a shift toward more freely available academic content, but it will not include access to exercises, assignments, exams, projects, etc. So the value still lies in going to the institution to work through the content and earn a degree (rather than casually watching a YouTube video).

5. wordpress - February 11, 2010

Yes, many lecturers concern about the the intellectual property. But as long the video is used for non commercial, I think it’s OK.

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