Using YouTube Videos to Engage the Affective Domain in E-Learning

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YouTube, currently the largest and most widely used online video service, is at the epicenter of the expanding videosharing universe. Video 2.0, a subset of the Web 2.0 suite of interactive browser-based tools, offers educators millions of hours of free video content, hosting, and distribution online. This is particularly beneficial in e-learning which relies on digital content. While video is valuable for many types of instructional events, its role in meeting educational outcomes within the affective learning domain is compelling. Video is a powerful medium for conveying the spectrum of human emotion through the drama of the audiovisual story. This paper illustrates how short video clips can be selected and produced to meet affective learning objectives. A liability case study from the health-care profession is used as an example of a real-world story that contextualizes values that are critical for health-care professionals to internalize. Micro-level instructional design principles are used as the conceptual framework to guide selection and production of the types of short video clips that are commonly found on YouTube and other video-sharing services.

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