Last year I began experimenting with YouTube videos as a way of presenting aspects of my conference papers, or just bits of my reading and research as part of the review of literature for my PhD candidature. I thought it might be useful to recap them here.
It would be fair to say that none of the videos went gangnambusters (or viral), but this was not one of my aspirations. It was interesting to see which videos attracted views, given the subject matter is a fairly nichey niche. For me the videos are a bit of note-taking, journal-keeping, doodling exercise.
At the time of writing, the most viewed video was Using Prezi to make (115 views). It seems the idea of using a dynamic presentation tool such as Prezi to create and display or concept maps (or other graphic organisers) was attractive. I occasionally launch my public Prezis here.
Next most viewed was Elements of Critical Legal Studies and Law & Society Movements Part I (114 views). Unfortunately, Part II attracted only half as many views (108). Perhaps Part I was too long – as I worked on videos I have aimed to make them shorter and not to exceed 3 minutes where possible.
My really was a private note-taking exercise, but I decided to share it. It attracted about 73 views, and I was contacted privately by researchers in the UK and USA, who seemed to like it. – Qualitative Analysis Strategies
I decided to represent some of the exploratory background research I was doing regarding Australian attracted about 52 views, which is miniscule by YouTube standards, but surprisingly high to me given there are only about 145 publicly listed Teachers’ Formal Teaching Qualifications teachers in Australia. The partner presentation, Australian only attracted 30 views. I am not sure what conclusion you might draw from this, but over the last year my experience leads me to speculate that people are tangling with what ‘scholarship of teaching’ in Teachers’ Scholarship of Teaching Publications might actually be. A 2-part presentation scholarship of teaching in was the least viewed over the group (see below).teachers’ engagement with scholarship of teaching.
The most ‘theoretical’ of my presentations, Bourdieu, and + Me Part IPart II, attracted 36 and 27 views, respectively. This work represented a fairly early struggle in my coming to grips with Bourdieu’s conceptions of field, habitus, categories of capital, and the juridical field. With the benefit of further subsequent study of the literature I may well re-do these videos in the future.
Part 1 of a video version of my ALTA conference paper presentation concerning scholarship of teaching in attracted 33 views, whereas Part II attracted 26 views.
There are so many aspects to producing these videos, running time, graphics, camera work, voice over, background music, editing, subject matter and the symbolic representation of the topic. It would take much more space to pull the above works apart and analyse them. I have decided that I really like working with the YouTube setup as a medium and I will spend more time on it. Also, it is worth bearing in mind that many of these videos were produced on a Macbook Pro in a hotel room in some remote locations – and as a 53 year old that grew up in the world of snail mail and carbon paper, I marvel at what we can do with information and communications tech now.