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blogging youtube itunes for instructional purposes
Blogging, YouTube & iTunes for Instructional Purposes

For more in-depth information and resources go to the web blog link below

These tools and techniques can be used as a supplement to Blackboard / Moodleor any viable onlinecourse management system

Blogging is a great way to supplement your online classes and get students engaging each other on a variety of topics. I incorporate student Blogs into my 2nd year Photography Courses. Blogs can also be used to keep journals, document activities and projects, post articles, stories and research for you and other students to view and possibly respond to based on the parameters you set for the course and the blog.

benefits of blogging how can it enhance my teaching
Benefits of Blogging How can it enhance my teaching?

Blogging is a great interactive tool for getting students to write and share their images outside the confines of the class. It’s easy to create a visually sophisticated web portfolio with or Blogger. Uploading photos is easy, as is incorporating services like Flickr or Photobucket into your blog. You can also embed videos from YouTube, TeacherTube or Google and/or your own YouTube Channel.

instructional design process implementation
Instructional Design Process Implementation

Start with a plan for incorporating rich media & blogs in your classes.


Decide just how you want to incorporate Blogs into your online / hybrid class. Don’t incorporate blogging into your course if it is NOT going to contribute to student learning and/or reinforce the course content that your students are studying.


Once students have created their blogs and posted a welcome message, pictures and a short biography - give them an assignment and follow through by posting a comment to their respective blogs to start the ball rolling.

web blog portfolios
Web “Blog” Portfolios

All my 2nd Year Photography students create Portfolio Web Blogs to compliment (supplement) their printed Portfolios.

i make blogging an integral part of my photography art courses
I make blogging an integral part of myphotography / art courses

My students must post a link to their Portfolio Blogs to our class

Blackboard at the end of the final semester before graduation. We begin setting up the student blogs during the 2nd year of our program.

portfolio blogs present a cross section of the students best work
Portfolio Blogs present a crosssection of the students best work.

Students essentially have a web portfoliowhen they leave our two year Associates Degree Photography Program.


Part II

Excellent Online

Teaching Tool!

You Tube is an amazing video content resource for instructors from all disciplines. Like the internet, there’s a lot of mediocre or just plane bad content out there, however there is also a wealth of excellent instructional videos that you can embed into your online classes. As online instructors we also must act as editors (facilitators) and search for the very BEST video content on the web then incorporate it into our teaching strategies.


Create your own instructional videos and upload to YouTube - You can create your own channel and then embed your video’s into your classes.


Decide where you want to embed You Tube videos into your online course and how you want to use it and possibly assess that students are learning something from it.2. Go to www.YouTube and search for the subject matter that relates to your course content. For example I teach Art Appreciation and each week I search for a video (video’s) that reinforces and illustrates the chapter from my text such as Prehistoric Art, Egyptian Art, Greek Art, etc.3. It’s important to preview these clips to make sure you find the very best (highest quality) videos that relates to and reinforces your course content.


Once you have identified the video you want to place in your course you will notice the embedding code on the right of the You Tube video and copy that code.  Then go to your Blackboard (or Moodle) and paste it into either your discussion board post, announcement, assignment and/or course documents.

Once you do this you will see the YouTube video box embedded directly into your discussion board post or where ever you decided to place it. I sometimes embed it in both the discussion board and announcement page to make sure all the students see and view it.


You MUST make sure the HTML toggle is activated on the text editor <> before you click paste into and submit. This will allow

the video to play directly in your online course.


It’s important to preview these clips to make sure you find the very best (highest quality) videos that relates to and reinforces your course content.

Adding rich media content to your total online and hybrid courses enables instructors to reinforce techniques and concepts demonstrated in the studio or in the field. Podcasts and video content also tap into a variety of learning styles.




Using Blackboard and/or Moodle Course Management Systems as supplements to my Photography and Art courses, I can teach from anywhere and deliver (and assess) course content even if it is hands-on photographic techniques. Student review the posted podcasts, videos and screen casts then post their own work based on the tutorials I post for them that relates to the techniques we are learning as a class.


Part III

iTunes has a built in RSS feed so whenever the instructor uploads a new instructional podcast or video podcast it downloads directly to all the students who have subscribed to that instructor’s iTunes U folder.

You can either produce your own instructional media and upload it into iTunes U for your students or if you are NOT an iTunes U college there is a vast amount of viable instructional content that you can download and incorporate (embed) into your course blackboards.


There are many benefits to being an iTunes U college, however the process and set-up can take from 6 months to a year depending on your IT staff. Having a college specific iTunes U site enables each department and course to have their own folder on iTunes that can store podcasts and enhanced podcasts that students can download to their MP3 players.


Decide just how you want to incorporate iTunes into your online class. Don’t incorporate podcasts and enhanced podcasts into your course if this type of rich media is NOT going to contribute to student learning and/or reinforce the course content that your students are studying.


Make sure you have iTunes loaded on your computer and then go to iTunes and click iTunes Store – then iTunes U.  Once you have located iTunes U you are ready to search for the podcast or enhanced podcast / video that you want to embed into your Blackboard or Moodle Class.  There are thousands of FREE lectures and various educational resources in iTunes – you just have to find the ones that best relate and compliment the material you are teaching your students.

Free is Good!


Once it has completely downloaded to the iTunes on your computer take your either drag it to your desktop OR right click and copy it to your desktop. You will see and MP3 or MP4 file on your desktop. This is the podcast that you will upload to your Blackboard or Moodle class.

Now go to your Blackboard and open the text editor where you want the students to access (listen to or watch) this podcast. Click on the 3rd icon bottom left of the text editor (see below) and upload that MP3 or MP4 if it is a video or enhanced podcast with pictures. This may take a minute depending on how large the file is.


You can set the width and height of the viewing box if it is an enhanced podcast ( stay with the defaults) if it is an audio files. You can also click autostart and loop if you want the podcast to start as soon as the students open the folder or item. Be aware the longer the podcast the more time it takes to upload it into your course.

Click on the Links in Chat Box located left of your screen to review some examples from our collegeYouTube Channel/

CCC Itunes University Link Below

Please take 3-4 minutes for this

resources for blogging youtube and itunes u
Resources for Blogging, YouTube and iTunes U
  • (My DL BloG)
  • (NC Tech Resource Center)
  • (Apple iTunes Information and Application to be iTunes U
  • (Get Started Blogging)


contact information for the mad blogger
Contact Informationfor the Mad Blogger
  • Skype ID: Patrick_Keough