Posts Tagged ‘youtube’
Mulling over the OU’s OULearn pages on Youtube a week or two ago, colleague Bernie Clark pointed out to me how the links from the OU clip descriptions could be rather hit or miss:
Via @lauradee, I see that the OU has a new offering on YouTube.com/edu is far more supportive of links to related content, links that can represent the start of a learning journey through OU educational – and commentary – content on the OU website.
Here’s a way in to the first bit of OU content that seems to have appeared:
This links through to a playlist page with a couple of different sorts of opportunity for linking to resources collated at the “Course materials” or “Lecture materials” level:
(The language gives something away, I think, about the expectation of what sort of content is likely to be uploaded here…)
So here, for example, are links at the level of the course/playlist:
And here are links associated with each
lecture, erm, clip:
In this first example, several types of content are being linked to, although from the link itself it’s not immediately obvious what sort of resource a link points to? For example, some of the links lead through to course units on OpenLearn/Learning Zone:
Others link through to “articles” posted on the OpenLearn “news” site (I’m not ever really sure how to refer to that site, or the content posts that appear on it?)
The placing of content links into the Assignments and Others tabs always seems a little arbitrary to me from this single example, but I suspect that when a few more lists have been posted some sort of feeling about what sorts of resources should go where (i.e. what folk might expect by “Assignment” or “Other” resource links). If there’s enough traffic generated through these links, a bit of A/B testing might even be in order relating to the positioning of links within tabs and the behaviour of students once they click through (assuming you can track which link they clicked through, of course…)?
The transcript link is unambiguous though! And, in this case at least), resolves to a PDF hosted somewhere on the OU podcasts/media filestore:
(I’m not sure if caption files are also available?)
Anyway – it’ll be interesting to hear back about whether this enriched linking experience drives more traffic to the OpenLearn resources, as well as whether the positioning of links in the different tab areas has any effect on engagement with materials following a click…
And as far as the linkage itself goes, I’m wondering: how are the links to OpenLearn course units and articles generated/identified, and are those links captured in one of the data.open.ac.uk stores? Or is the process that manages what resource links get associated with lists and list items on Youtube/edu one that doesn’t leave (or readily support the automated creation of) public data traces?
PS How much (if any( of the linked resource goodness is grabbable via the Youtube API, I wonder? If anyone finds out before me, please post details in the comments below:-)
One of the easiest ways to get started with DeliTV is to use it to watch video feed subscription from YouTube.
With DeliTV, you can bookmark the following sorts of Youtube content and then view it in a DeliTV Channel:
|Bookmarked YouTube page||Resulting DeliTV subscription|
e.g Teachers’ TV channel
|Recently uploaded videos for that user|
|Playlist page e.g T151: 3D Geo-World Demos||Playlist feed|
|Video page e.g The Machine is Us/ing Us (Final Version)||Single video|
|[NEW] Search results page e.g Search for “formula one”||Search results containing 20 most relevant videos|
Here is the example channel bookmarked to a demo DeliTV channel guide: delitv_ytdemo:
(You can of course grab a copy of any of these bookmarks into your own delicious account.)
We can now bookmark this channel guide so that it appears in a DeliTV multiplex. In the following example, I’m bookmarking it to my main delitv feed, and also to the boxeetest5 multiplex.
Here’s the result in my boxeetest5 feed:
And here’s a view of the delitv_ytdemo channel guide:
This is what the bookmarked user/channel produces – the recent uploads listing for that user/channel:
And here’s the playlist guide:
Remember, with DeliTV you don’t need to bookmark the actual Youtbe feed – just bookmark the user/channel, playlist or video page to Delicious, and DeliTV will do the rest for you…
To learn how to subscribe to your own DeliTV channel, see Deli TV – Personally Programmed Social Television Channels on Boxee: Prototype
PS a new feature, currently in testing, lets you bookmark a search results page. Whilst it is possible to generate searches for playlist or users/channels as well as videos, DeliTV currently returns just the 20 most relevant Youtube videos when a Youtube search results page is bookamarked.
A week or so ago, Liz Azyan posted a list of UK HEI Youtube channels. Although not quite as polished as @liamgh et al’s OU Boxee app, I piucked up on a couple of suggestions Liam made over a pint last night about simply subscribing to an RSS feed in Boxee to roll my own UK HEI Youtube Boxee channel thing…
So here are the institutional channels:
and here’s a peek inside one of them:
This lets me watch the most recently uploaded videos to all (?) the UK HEIs’ most recent uploads to their Youtube channels, organised by institution via a lean back TV interface.
(You might be able to submenu the institutional channels/streams according to playlists they have specified, as well as tidying up things like icons/logos, maybe, but this was a 10 minute hack, rather than a half hour hack, ok?!;-)
Here’s the recipe…
1. Grab the table from Liz’s web page and create a feed from it:
2. Generate the feed URIs for the most recent uploads to each channel (in the form required by Boxe – e.g. rss://gdata.youtube.com/feeds/base/users/abertayTV/uploads?alt=rss&v=2&orderby=published):
Filter out stuff that isn’t a feed and complete the pipe:
If you now launch the Boxee app, select:
- Video Feeds (My Feeds)
- the UK HEI Youtube Videos Channel
And from there, you should be able to browse – and play – the recent uploads to all the UK HEI Youtube channels that Liz has listed.
Not that I had a niggle with my Boxe player – I could hear the audio but not see the video for any of the Youtube videos when I tried to play them. If anyone else tries out this channel and gts the same problem, please let me know and I;ll see if it’s a feed problem. Otherwise, I’ll assume it’s a local glitch…
Here’s the RSS feed URI again: “UK HEI Youtube Channels on Boxee” RSS feed
PS out of interest, if I had bid to do this as a #jiscri project, how much should I have asked for?
- planning: 10 mins chatting with Liam over a pint ysterday;
- design: <5 mins looking up Youtube API/URI patterns
- implementation:: <5 mins creating Yahoo pipe
- configuration: <5 mins subscribing to the pipe feed in Boxee
- testing: <5 mins seeing if it worked in Boxee (which it doesn’t, properly, but I’m blaming that on a local problem and trustung that it does actually work… err…?!;-)
Okay, so all told it was maybe a sub-20 minute hack rather than 5 minute one?
- documentation: (i.e. blog post) 30-45 mins, incl grabbing screenshots.
And I’m on holiday today…