Reflections on "YouTestTube.com": An Online Video-Sharing Platform To Engage Students with Chemistry Laboratory Classes

Stephen McClean, K McCartan, Sheryl Meskin, Beronia Gorges, William Hagan

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Abstract

This paper describes the construction and development of YouTestTube.com, a YouTube clone website to facilitate video-sharing, social networking, and reflections of chemistry laboratory classes for year one students within the School of Biomedical Sciences at Ulster University. The practice was first introduced in the 2008/09 academic year and has developed until the present time. We reflect on our findings with regard to the production and sharing of short student-generated video documentaries on laboratory experiments, and attendant social networking. We found that students enjoyed the process of viewing, rating, and commenting upon colleagues' videos but that social networking did not happen spontaneously or organically. Students did find that learning and networking happened effectively when working in small groups to produce the final version of the video. The use of some of the videos as peer-generated learning objects was reported to be useful in helping engage year one, semester one students in their early days in tertiary education.
LanguageEnglish
Pages1863-1870
JournalJOURNAL OF CHEMICAL EDUCATION
Volume93
Issue number11
Early online date2 Sep 2016
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2 Sep 2016

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Keywords

  • First-Year Undergraduate/General
  • Laboratory Instruction
  • Computer-Based Learning
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McClean, Stephen ; McCartan, K ; Meskin, Sheryl ; Gorges, Beronia ; Hagan, William. / Reflections on "YouTestTube.com": An Online Video-Sharing Platform To Engage Students with Chemistry Laboratory Classes. In: JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL EDUCATION. 2016 ; Vol. 93, No. 11. pp. 1863-1870.
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Reflections on "YouTestTube.com": An Online Video-Sharing Platform To Engage Students with Chemistry Laboratory Classes. / McClean, Stephen; McCartan, K; Meskin, Sheryl; Gorges, Beronia; Hagan, William.

In: JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL EDUCATION, Vol. 93, No. 11, 02.09.2016, p. 1863-1870.

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