YouTube cafe

Recently we held a workshop on YouTube with Samantha Vardanega. Until RMIT turns on YouTube there are a number of issues that are useful to be aware of.

RMIT has been working towards adding YouTube to our Google Apps suite. While
there is not a firm date set for this, it is expected to be available
for 2015.

Should you wish to use YouTube before it becomes available through the Google
suite, there is a process for getting an official RMIT channel approved.
More information is available here.

It is also worth noting the following issues:

RMIT has strict policies when it comes to video. Any video that is public facing is considered a promotional video and therefore is subject to branding policy. There is also an expectation on quality of the video. More information on production and branding can be found here. It is worth noting that videos that are not available to the public (ie, for use in courseware) are exempt from branding policy.

As YouTube is a social media platform, it is subject to RMIT’s current
social media policy. With technology in this space changing regularly,
this policy may be subject to change so it is worth checking
periodically, particularly once YouTube is launched at RMIT. For more information on the social media policy: simon.sellars@rmit.edu.au

Using 3rd party materials, personal channels and other unaffiliated sources
that haven’t been cleared with RMIT’s copyright service puts both you
and the University at risk.

Using Video in Learning and Teaching
It is important to contextualise video use in your learning and teaching.
Videos are more effective when concise and direct so always try and
provide only the video content that is necessary. It is worth placing
yourself in the students’ shoes and imagining what your video content
might feel like to them.

While video is an effective medium, there are other delivery techniques such
as still imagery and podcasts that at times, can deliver the same
learning with greater effectiveness.

Delivering video via the web also means ensuring adherence with RMIT’s web
accessibility policy, and this includes providing captioning and
transcripts for all video content. It is recommended that you read
through the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines as developed by the
World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) on which the policy is based. Making
learning resources accessible to all students is a key responsibility of all staff.

Thanks to David McLay and Meaghan Botterill for providing this information.

Photo: m anima on Flickr