California college offers YouTube class

Filed under: Teens, Day Care & Education, Gadgets

Pitzer College in Claremont, California has begun offering a course that is sure to appeal to lots of students - "Learning from YouTube." Professor Alexandra Juhasz, a media studies professor at the liberal arts college, hopes the course will provide an opportunity to raise issues about YouTube, such as the role of "corporate-sponsored democratic media expression."

To accomplish this, 35 students spend their classroom time watching videos and posting comments. They are also encouraged to post videos of their own - one student did so with a video of himself juggling.

Video surfing on YouTube is an activity that many students probably engage in on their own time. I am sure it is true, as student Darren Grose points out, that YouTube is a good place to "learn a lot about American culture and just Internet culture in general." But getting college credit for it? What am I missing here?

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.