As pretty much everyone knows, YouTube is by far the most popular media delivery system in the history of the planet. Every day it delivers trillions of videos to users around the world, so of course we can use it to deliver media content for education. Most folks are very used to using YouTube to consume media, but now we need to use it to manage and deliver media, which requires some different skills.
To become a publisher of media, you need to create a Google account. If you already have a Google account that you are ok with using for YouTube, then skip this step. Otherwise go here to see how to create a Google account:
Having created a Google account, you can use the login to access other Google services, like YouTube:
Most folks putting things on YouTube are trying to get as many people as possible to watch their videos, so they are very public, and they work very hard to get people to keep coming back and watching more – building their brand. This can be concerning for those of us in education, who usually are interested in delivering content to just the students in our classes and would rather that the rest of the world was NOT browsing and watching our content.
Don’t worry, YouTube has three access settings:
This last Unlisted one is made for us educators. No one can just stumble across our media while hunting around in YouTube. The only people that can access our media are the people we explicitly share the links with, so you control who sees your content.
More information on privacy: https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/157177?hl=en&ref_topic=9257428
· How do I upload videos? - https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/57407?hl=en
· YouTube says there is a 15-minute time limit on my videos. How do I upload longer ones? - https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/71673?hl=en&ref_topic=9257439
· YouTube doesn’t record – what if I want to record myself? We recommend using Camtasia for recording. [insert link to Camtasia stuff]
· What about copyright? – YouTube is rather lax about most copyright issues, with one exception – they have an automated AI that will find and flag or delete any video with copyrighted music. Our suggestion is to not use music in your videos. If you have to use music, let us know so we can find an alternative delivery method for you.
· What’s a playlist? – Playlists are a way YouTube allows you to organize your media. You can add some specific videos to a playlist and then embed the playlist in your online course. As you add or delete items from the playlist, it is automatically updated in your courses as well. Creating and managing playlists: https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/57792?hl=en.
· What about other people’s content on YouTube? – as you’ve probably already discovered, YouTube has a lot of content on almost any subject imaginable. The quality of this content remains for your evaluation as a subject matter expert. Having discovered something useful, you can add someone else’s videos to your playlists. Just be aware that since the content is someone else’s, they could decide to delete it at some point and you would no longer have access.
· What’s a channel? – Channels are for folks that want to create a public presence on YouTube. This does not describe most CSUSM instructors, but if you are interested, let us know and we may be able to guide you.
· How do I order captions for ADA for my YouTube videos? – fill out this form: https://www.csusm.edu/ats/media/videoproduction/caption/captionrequest.html
· Can we caption other people’s YouTube videos? – yes, we can. Use the form above.