learning from youtube 09.14.2007, 12:20 PM
posted by ben vershbow
Alex Juhasz, a prof at Pitzer College and member of the MediaCommons community, has just kicked off an exciting experimental media studies course, "Learning From YouTube," which will be conducted on and through the online video site. The NY Times/AP reports.
The class will be largely student-driven, developed on the fly through the methods of self-organization and viral production that are the MO of YouTube. In Juhasz's intro to the course (which you can watch below), she expresses skepticism about the corporate video-sharing behemoth as a viable "model for democratic media," but, in the spirit of merging theory with practice, offers this class as an opportunity to open up new critical conversations about the YouTube phenomenon, and perhaps to devise more "radical possibilities."
Over on the MediaCommons blog, Avi Santo provides a little context:
...this initiative is part of a long history of distance learning efforts, though taken to another level, both because of the melding of subject matter and delivery options, but also the ways this class blurs classroom boundaries physically and conceptually. We need to acknowledge this history, both innovative and failed, if we want to see Juhasz's efforts as more than an interesting experiment, but as one emerging out of a long tradition of redefining how learning happens. As media scholars, we are on the forefront of this redefinition, able to both teach about and through these technologies and able to use our efforts to both critique and acknowledge their uses and limitations...
manan ahmed on September 14, 2007 6:11 PM:
Apropos of youtube, I hate to point out that Juhasz didn't make a very good youtube clip (maybe because she is simulating standing in front of a class?) I can provide you at least one example of good presentation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyczVCnHloY