Earlier this week we wrote about how Facebook is the focus of a new course this Fall at Stanford University where students will create engaging web applications for Facebook. Perhaps using social media as the focus of college courses is becoming a trend, because now Pitzer College in Claremont California is using YouTube as the focus of a new course currently offered to 35 students.
While there’s a lot to learn from social media because of how fresh and new it is, I never thought it would be the basis of college courses, and that students would actually be able to earn credit from it. The course is called "Learning from YouTube," and the students taking it will be looking for all of the potential and limitations of the digital media culture which is all around us today.And of course seeing as the class is all about YouTube, it’s no surprise that all of the class sessions will be posted to YouTube, and all of the assignments will be on and about YouTube as well. They’ve got their own YouTube group just for the class.
Most people associate YouTube with the entertainment value that it offers, but what if it could be used for educational purposes as well? And I don’t mean professors just posting their lectures to YouTube either. Thus far I’d say that the lectures from the professor, Alexandra Juhasz aren’t really intriguing, but the idea behind the class is definitely fascinating. According to Inside High Ed, students will be answering open-ended questions for their assignments like "YouTube is…" and they’ll answer them in their own videos posted to the site. My guess is that the student’s videos will blow the professors videos out of the water if they get creative and do something other than a still camera which is all she’s done so far.
With Facebook and YouTube earning students college credit, I’m sure other social media forms will be appearing in classrooms too. And considering how much the current college students are immersed into social media, I imagine these courses will become quite popular.