Thursday, August 29, 2013
There’s the start of school, and there’s the start of after-school. After-school is harder. Summer, we hardly knew ye...
The other thing for-profits do better is offer classes in a way that is convenient for students rather than faculty. Nights, on-line, multiple sites, all of those are more common in the for profit world. It's something for the rest of us to think about - what accommodations do we make for the needs of our working students?
Google for "Youtube video privacy settings" and you'll find this on the first hit:
Making a video unlisted means that only people who have the link to the video can view it. To share an unlisted video, just share the link with the people who you’d like to have access to it, and they’ll then be able to see it. Unlike private videos, the people you share the video with do not need to have a Google account to see the video, and they can share with more people simply by forwarding the link to them.
Unlisted videos won’t appear in any of YouTube's public spaces, like your channel page or search results.
Anyone who knows the video’s link can place the video in a playlist, even a public playlist. This could make the video visible on other parts of YouTube, including the homepage.
Your video could appear elsewhere on the web if you or anyone who you shared the video with shares it more broadly. For example, if somebody with whom you share the video goes on to share the link through an email or posts it on a blog, then all the people who access that link will be able to view the video.
I always make my course notes and assignments available to the world. It happens that my university's IP policy gives me full rights to all materials I create (actually, except for course outlines and final exams). I also greatly appreciate consulting other peoples' course materials to figure out what they are doing. We are in the business of making knowledge available here. I actually think it ought to be part of the job; one of my pet peeves is when people don't make their course materials available for no good reason.
I'm with the others. Just use YouTube and put the links behind your "paywall". One advantage of this not mentioned above is that you can change how you Manage Learning without having to reload everything that isn't affected by changing systems. This is a big deal for content.
Whether you hide it or not is probably irrelevant. I think you underestimate how many videos are on the interwebs and how many people care about your topic. Videos used for both review and content delivery (for hybrid and web classes) in one high enrollment class at my college barely push into the 4 digits. The story of "Oh Sweet Lorraine" beats that hit count in an hour.
But why hide your candle under a bushel? If you have something really useful to anyone, maybe even high school students, put it out there and feature it on your web site. Use it as a recruiting tool in your region.