Connecting the dots by YouTubing Tutorials
Wednesday, June 25 1:30 PM-2:00 PM Location: B1096
Presider: Angelos Emmanouilidis, University of Turku, Finland
Abstract: This paper examines how a data sample of Norwegian high school students use the Web 2.0 application YouTube as a tool for reflection and informal learning. YouTube has the potential to trigger dynamics, which activate students’ capacity to connect sources of user-generated content. They use YouTube tutorials to create cognitive awareness on a topic that interest them, reflecting a learning process showing change of information to knowledge. These transformation processes are self-regulated and self-motivated. The paper explores three such examples, by examining personal student user stories. They show how they use YouTube tutorials to learn more and carry out social practices that interest them, practices that connect to acquiring more knowledge on their hobbies.