Larry Lessig discussed “User-generated content” in “Laws that choke creativity” :” User-generated content, spreading businesses in extraordinary valuable ways like these, celebrating amateur culture. Amateur culture, a culture where people produce for the love of what they are doing and not for the money. The culture that your kids are producing all the time”.
User-generated content has become a trend with the booming of “Youtubers”. The term “Youtuber” appears on the Oxford Dictionaries as “A person who uploads, produces, or appears in videos on the video-sharing website YouTube”. There are many popular Youtube channels produced by these Youtubers. These Youtube channels showcase different learning contents ranging from cooking, make up, hair styling, fitness, language…a lot more and of course everyone can access those videos without any cost, anywhere, anytime. Most of these Youtubers are young people and together they are forming an open learning community. Youtube as a learning community encourages everyone regardless of ages to produce contents that help other people learn. With the spread of “User-generated content”, everyone can be a “guru” and “expert” at something they love to do by sharing their “how-to” videos. As a learner, I find these “how-to” videos from Youtubers allow me to better illustrate complex concepts, procedures, and ideas. I can express what I like about the videos, what I don’t understand by commenting under the videos to generate discussions and exchange ideas.
Youtube with its “User-generated content” platform provides unlimited opportunities to ehance eLearning and open education because of countless videos. You can be part of this eLearning community by creating your own videos. Students and adult learners can take advantage of this to benefit their own learning as long as they are able to locate and filter content-appropriate videos.
What other challenges when we incorporate Youtube in open education? I would love to hear your insights and ideas about this. Thank for reading.