Educational Lectures on YouTube
Many universities require educators to create their online presentations, whether in video webcam format or PowerPoint presentation. Simple presentation programs such as PowerPoint offer audio capabilities, allowing instructors to voice their presentations, creating a more personal delivery of the course material. Creating presentations each week can be very time-consuming, particularly if universities require instructors to rotate the courses taught each quarter. There are some time savers to consider.
Take a moment to visit YouTube.com, and conduct a topic search. If you query the term “algebra,” for example, the search results number in the thousands, and include methods of solving basic equations, explanations of why learning algebra is essential, step-by-step tutorials, and lectures on algebra from a variety of university professors. Using videos such as these not only saves online educators time but also adds diversity to your teaching. Presenting a variety of YouTube videos, which have been created in various formats—whether a lecture from another university professor, an animation, a visual riddle, or even a demonstration of algebra from students in other universities—produces a more stimulating learning environment compared to listening to the same instructor deliver a lecture each week.
There are a variety of YouTube videos to choose from, from basic, simple lectures to complex lectures by top university professors at MIT, University of Washington, Harvard, Stanford, and other prestigious universities. Keep in mind that not all universities allow their educators to use YouTube, so please review the university guidelines to gain a better understanding of which resources are allowed.
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