Online educational resources, or OER, abound!
As you consider moving lessons or units or even entire classes into the flipped, hybrid, or online environment, remember that you don’t have to create every single learning resource yourself. Plenty of qualified people (many of whom probably have more production resources than you), have been creating and sharing this stuff for years.
It’s worth it to familiarize yourself with some of the resources out there.
Today we’ll look at the YouTube Channel Crash Course.
Looking for engaging videos to introduce subjects to your students for quick information or discussion?
Or: do you want to learn about the educational videos many of our students have grown up loving? Knowing what they are used to in terms of educational videos can help you as you consider creating your own online lessons.
Check out the wide range of topics covered at the YouTube channel Crash Course, which was founded by noted author John Green and his brother Hank Green. Originally they covered literature, history, biology, and chemistry.
Recently the channel has grown in scope. Now they have other experts working with them, covering a wide range of subjects including economics, physics, philosophy, game theory, government, anatomy, and so on.
You can look at a quick 2014 introduction here, which explains their philosophy.
Check out the channel to see what else is available.
We can learn a lot by watching this channel–not only about the subjects they discuss, but about how to make engaging online experiences for our students.
Of course, most of us don’t have the production team which the Greens use! But, we can still observe a lot about pacing, editing shots, writing techniques to captivate and so on.
Have you or your students ever used Crash Course? Tell us about your experience.
Have you ever made an instructional video? How did it compare to these? What was successful about your video? What would you like to do differently?