YouTube Goes to College

Students can visit YouTube for a mindless study break or a lengthy lecture on quantum mechanics.

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Another step colleges may soon take, Garcia says, will be to move beyond lectures or webcam office hours to make sophisticated—and intriguing—productions. For instance, Cockrell produced a video diagram of the Deepwater Horizon explosion that led to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico last summer. Garcia is using his background in television production to make the engineering videos more captivating to any student who may stumble upon them online. 

"It started the wheels spinning in people's minds about what those possibilities are," he says. "Not the same brown-bag seminar, one-camera style. We'll try to do these glossy, episodic productions." 

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