Perhaps overlooked at some institutions and overused at others, YouTube provides a host of opportunities for curricular integration. One such opportunity is very simple, using a channel as a resource guide. What kind of resource guide? Well, that depends on what you are trying to accomplish. An example of a resource guide can be seen here: ED437Howard. This particular resource guide uses the Playlist function of YouTube to group videos clips into “Chapters.” The three chapters explore concepts of patriarchy, white privilege, representations of femininity & masculinity, and capitalism in television, film, and print media, as well as Hip Hop & Rap music. One of the benefits of creating Playlist similar to this is that they can be watched on the students time, and can illustrate an educational possibility on YouTube, which may not have been apparent to the students before.

Stanford University makes use of the playlist function on YouTube on their channel. Another way to use YouTube is to create a channel for the class, and to have students browse clips on YouTube that are related to the coursework. They can send links to clips to the professor, or depending on how open the professor wants to be, if they have access to the account, they can favorite videos themselves. This active participation in constructing knowledge, and information deposits, can be a very rewarding experience for the students if structured appropriately. Additionally, depending on the course, students also have the opportunity to create original content and upload it to YouTube. Students can record interviews, presentations, create short films, etc. The opportunities for YouTube to be used within your course curriculum is only limited by your imagination. If you are struggling to think of ways to use it, open it up to the students. The above resource guide was not created out of a specific directive to use YouTube, but rather the opportunity. Other uses of YouTube will be discussed later on in various sections.