These YouTube resources can help college faculty deliver instruction more effectively and enhance the student experience

faculty-youtube-resourcesEducators, administrators, and students are using social media for marketing purposes and to improve learning and deliver instruction more effectively.

This learning dynamic can occur by creating LinkedIn pages, communicating about assignments and classroom discussion on Facebook and Twitter, and engaging with multimedia by posting Vine videos.

Embracing mobile technology and social media in the proper, academic setting can prove productive for learning and growth.

Videos are some of the best teaching tools available to teachers and students, and YouTube offers a seemingly infinite number of educational channels on varying topics.

Take a look at the following five YouTube resources on technology and innovation in education. If you feel that we are missing some terrific resources, please share your views and opinions with us in the comments section below and by joining the conversation on Twitter @ecampusnews.

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Khan Academy

Khan Academy is not your traditional brick and mortar school or university with teachers lecturing in the classroom. It is a website of hundreds of education videos narrated by Sal Khan, a former hedge fund analyst and founder of Khan Academy. As of July 2014, Sal Khan’s Khan Academy YouTube channel received 1.8 million subscribers.

Watch this clip of Khan speaking at Austin College in Texas.

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Thomas Friedman

In March 2014, New York Times columnist and Pulitzer Prize winning author Thomas Friedman spoke at the inaugural Globalization of Higher Education conference to address critical issues of affordability and accessibility. Coming to terms with our rapidly changing and interconnected world, Friedman prefaces his remarks, “When I started writing The World is Flat in 2004, Facebook didn’t exist, Twitter was still a sound, the cloud was still in the sky, 4G was a parking place, LinkedIn was a prison, applications were what you sent to college, and Skype was a typo.”

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Harvey Stenger

A chemical engineer by training, Binghamton University President Harvey Stenger shares 3 tips on how technology can significantly improve learning in this TEDx talk. “Social media such as Twitter and Facebook and class wikis and blogs can help students access materials outside the classroom providing a way for those who are reluctant to ask questions in class to participate in the discussion.”

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New America Foundation

The New America Foundation is one of the premier policy centers in Washington, D.C. covering a range of issues from foreign affairs to education and the economy. For unique insights from some of the nation’s leading experts on the future of ed-tech in higher ed, watch this three part series, Hacking the University: Will Tech Fix Higher Education?

Watch part 1, part 2, and part 3.

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Anant Agarwal

Massive open online courses (MOOCs) have quickly become one of the most polarizing developments in higher education. While some educators view this new online platform as a rich and complementary tool to expand learning, others see it as a fad and counterproductive to the traditional degree.

In January 2014, Anant Agarwal, president of edX, shared his views on why MOOCs still matter.

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Michael Sharnoff is Associate Online Editor at eCampus News.

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