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Spotlight: Organic chemistry YouTube videos

This spring, Professor Neil Garg of UCLA offered students in organic chemistry an optional extra credit assignment – create a music video about organic chemistry.  Sixty one videos were created by 140 students working in teams.  Titles such as Chemistry Jock, 99 problems, the Tupperwares, Break Alkenes with Me, and others can be found on the course website.

Chemistry Jock is one of the videos created in the class with more than 5,900 views on YouTube.

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IT security roundtable June 4: Risks of social networking

Social networks like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and MySpace are a fact of life (and for some, obsessions!), especially for the current generation of students at K-State. The reality is if you want to communicate with that generation, you need to  have a presence in social media. The other reality is that hackers/criminals know this is where people spend their time and therefore target these platforms.

Social networks have also permanently altered the privacy landscape on many fronts — the information we post about ourselves, what others post about us, and the information about you that the social networking sites themselves harvest and perhaps share with third parties.

Join us 9-10 a.m. this Friday, June 4, in Union 213 (note that it will only last one hour this time) for a discussion on the security risks of social networking. Continue reading “IT security roundtable June 4: Risks of social networking”

Second Life videos, interest survey for K-State teachers

Virtual-world environments such as Second Life, There, Whyville, etc. provide opportunities to learn in virtual communities where students meet online for class activities, including lectures, discussions, case studies, projects, papers, exams, labs, and more. Classes can be synchronous, asynchronous, or both. A virtual-world experience is an immersive environment in a three-dimensional (3D) graphical setting, with the use of avatars to represent the class participants, and the sense of presence that puts the learner within the scene.

Second Life is one of the many virtual-world environments available via the Internet and commonly used in higher education. At K-State, faculty have used Second Life to teach courses in geology and hospitality management and dietetics. K-State Research and Extension has a presence in Second Life.

To learn more about Second Life, visit one or more of these YouTube videos: Continue reading “Second Life videos, interest survey for K-State teachers”

Latest YouTube videos by Wesch on technology, education

Michael Wesch, assistant professor in Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work, continues to publish YouTube videos about the technology of media and how it’s changing lives. (His debut video “Web 2.0 … The Machine is Us/ing Us” that went live in January 2007 became a worldwide hit and currently has 6,224,476 views.)

“I don’t think of (media) as content, and I don’t even think of it as tools of communication,” Wesch said in his June 23 presentation about YouTube at the Library of Congress (see “An anthropological introduction to YouTube” below).

“I think of media as mediating human relationships,” he said. “And that’s important, because when media changed, then human relationships changed. …And that’s why I wanted to suggest that we’re gonna have to rethink all of these things, including ourselves.”

See Wesch’s space on YouTube for these and more:

An anthropological introduction to YouTube is Wesch’s June 23 presentation at the Library of Congress. It includes more than 40 minutes of entertaining and insightful YouTube videos compiled by Wesch and his students to exemplify what YouTube is and how it is changing our world and views. (To jump to specific portions of the presentation, use the “More info” link in the right column to see an index of section topics and their timepoints.)

(added to YouTube July 26, 2008. Current viewings: 186,603)

A Portal to Media Literacy includes a PowerPoint presentation with Wesch’s signature mix of interesting facts and viewpoints. It targets the assumptions that govern standard education and knowledge acquisition — and how those assumptions have been negated by the ways that students and the public are using technology to acquire, create, and use information.

(added to YouTube July 10, 2008. Current viewings: 13,254)

A Vision of Students Today is a 5-minute video created by Wesch in collaboration with 200 students at K-State. According to Wesch’s overview, it covers “some of the most important characteristics of students today — how they learn, what they need to learn, their goals, hopes, dreams, what their lives will be like, and what kinds of changes they will experience in their lifetime.” His students researched, compiled data, and are silent signholders in the video, which document facts and numbers from the viewpoint of today’s college students.
(added to YouTube Oct. 12, 2007. Current viewings: 2,579,128)