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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 and Hagan, William (2016) Reflections on "YouTestTube.com": An Online Video-Sharing Platform To Engage Students with Chemistry Laboratory Classes. Journal of Chemical Education, 93 (11). pp. 1863-1870. [Journal article]

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URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.jchemed.6b00045

DOI: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.6b00045


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.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:First-Year Undergraduate/General, Laboratory Instruction, Computer-Based Learning, YouTestTube
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Biomedical Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Biomedical Sciences Research Institute
Biomedical Sciences Research Institute > Diabetes
ID Code:35812
Deposited By: Prof Stephen McClean
Deposited On:07 Sep 2016 08:59
Last Modified:17 Oct 2017 16:25

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