Discover Your Inner Geek!


Well, maybe if I had a lot more time and a lot more ingenuity, I could find that well-crafted video about student life. The truth, though, is that when I googled and youtubed videos about same, I found one of two things: slick promotional material, clearly produced by universities to sell their university to prospective students or choppy, angry, poorly filmed and depressingly, er, boring films by students with a gripe. I looked and looked and looked. But that’s all I found. Then I went to iTunes U and didn’t find anything about student life, but did find some nice things for National Poetry Month. I watched part of a video about the poet Linda Pastan: it was intelligent, aesthetically pleasing, fast-paced without being fragmented. I didn’t feel that I was being sold a bill of goods; I just felt, well, interested, engaged.


Found this article and video about how the University of Minnesota is successfully using videos. They use YouTube as a publishing tool.

A quote from the article:

“Anyone who’s part of the University of Minnesota, whether they’re students, staff, professors or alumni, can make their own video and then submit it to the University. If the University chooses, it’ll upload it to the channel. ” 

This last link is to the U of M video channel on YouTube. Very polished. The videos get many thousands of views.


Catch up on Videos

I found this fast entertaining video on student life at DIT (Dublin Institute of Technology) on YouTube. The images are fast moving and highlight students groups, student life programs and services, clubs, and activities. Interspersed are students with short sound bites of advice. It is probably the best I came across in my brief YouTube search. I think this one captured my attention because everything was fast and fun. Having a short attention span, I found myself quickly getting bored with many of the other videos I came across …… and I figure if I’m bored after 5 or 10 seconds what would that say about first year students?! This one was well done. Have a look.

Blogging & Videos

On the topic of media (web-media), I’m sharing some videos that are inspiring, unique, and excellent examples of the power of the internet as a communications source. I know we’ll be touching on video later in March, but I think this could get us thinking of the possibilities.

Where the Hell is Matt?

Matt travels to different locations around the world and videotapes himself dancing. He started dancing alone and created a website where he posted his videos ( He began posting the locations he was going to dance next, and soon found that the internet can create big connections in real life.

There are over 18 million hits on YouTube for this one video.

Playing for Change: Stand By Me

This video is an excellent example of how the internet can be used to pull people together and inspire them to create a better world.
To date there are close to 6 million hits on YouTube alone.

Did you know 2.0

Although it is a bit American-centric, I find this to be a good reflection for why we all do what we do here at the university. It really captures how technology has changed communication throughout the world, and how quickly we’re moving forward.

How to tell people they sound racist

(Thanks to Jude for this one)
I’ve used this twice now for training sessions with our residence student staff, as well as sent it to some people outside the university.
It’s a great example of how the internet can be used to educate.

Love to hear your thoughts and if you know of any videos that are inspiring or get people thinking.