• Videotaped Lectures

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Danyl Strype
Monday 11 August 2008 3:57:49 pm
Videotaped lectures
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One thing that's been constantly on my mind since I started studying extramurally through Massey is that it would be great to have access to video files of lectures. Massey has online learning modules attached to many of its extramural papers, where lecturers upload .pdfs of lecture slides. It would be so much better if they were videos also.

This is not rocket science in this day and age, where people are making videoblogs with webcams and uploading them to YouTube. They could even webstream the lecture, using some kind of torrent-style swarmcasting system where each viewer is uploading as well as downloading, reducing the strain and bandwidth costs on the university's streaming server.

The videos could be licensed under an appropriate CC license. I can't see any reason why the video couldn't be available to anyone who wants to watch them, a la MIT OpenCourseWare.

Of course the university will say 'if people can take the course for free, why would they pay, and how will be cover our costs and pay our staff?'. The answer to that is that people don't take out student loans for uni just to learn, they pay all that money to get personal support from the lecturers and the institutional resources, and a degree backed by the reputation of that university.

People who want those things will still enrol and pay. People who just want to have a go at university study to test the waters, or just want to learn more about a specific topic, can just use what's on the web. Universities would probably have less time wasted by people struggling and dropping out, and the work they do would have a much greater benefit to the wider society.



Sunday 10 May 2009 4:48:58 pm

Otago Polytechnic does

Well, sort of. All content they license Creative Commons Attribution - and most lecturers are cool with recording, if only the students would take it upon themselves to do it. As you say, its not rocket science - for folk who have done the yards and know how, but for many teachers, they have a hard enough time just keeping up to date in their field and keeping their classes running on basic. If the students were to take it upon themselves to set up a Youtube or Blip channel for their class, take turns in recording and uploading, take notes to a wiki, discuss classes on Google Groups, and set up a class blog in which updates were posted.. then showed their teacher.. well! I'd imagine that teacher would be pretty impressed and the students would be taking more control over their learning.