A while ago I presented a paper at a conference concerned with the teaching of contemporary women writers at Brighton University. My paper was about how I teach using YouTube as a way of enhancing my tutorials. After I presented, I received a lovely email from Dr. Nicole King inviting me to turn my paper into an article for the magazine WordPlay, which is the English Subject Centre publication for Higher Education in the UK.
Today, I received a copy of the magazine with my article in it, and words cannot express how happy it makes me to see my words in print 🙂
Here’s the introduction:
The screen on the laptop becomes animated as a figure of a woman fidgets awkwardly in front of a microphone. The camera takes in the mocking scepticism of those sitting in the audience and the cynical raised eyebrow of the critical music mogul judge. The background music begins and the woman starts to sing, her voice soaring with a clear resonance evidently astounding to the attendant crowd. The clip lasts only minutes, streamed directly from source to computer, and yet it has been watched by millions and has generated a media storm leading to international news coverage, tabloid frenzy, Oprah interviews and a week’s retreat to ‘The Priory’. Surely this is the power of the Internet, and, more specifically, the power of YouTube.
And yet, the power of YouTube as an educational resource is still largely underestimated, as it is currently more famous for its facilitation of Britain’s Got Talent singer Susan Boyle’s hyperbolic rise to international celebrity than for its usefulness to the university teacher. However, the video-sharing website surely deserves recognition as a valuable tool in the university teacher’s arsenal, rather than be disregarded as a fame machine for the talented few and the talentless many.
If that’s whetted your appetite, then you can download the magazine as a pdf document here: WordPlay.
If you like what you read, and you would like to approach me to write for your publication, please get in touch with me at amypalko [at] madasafish [dot] com.