EDTECH 533 YouTube for Educators

Fall 2017: August 21 - December 8

3 Credit Online Course
Boise State University, Department of Educational Technology
EDTECH Website: http://edtech.boisestate.edu

Instructor information

Dr. Chareen Snelson
Phone: (208) 426-2952
e-mail: csnelson@boisestate.edu
Office Hours: Tue/Wed 1:00 - 3:30 (Mountain Time)
Virtual meetings may be scheduled by appointment.

Instructor E-Mail Response Time

I typically respond regularly to e-mail Monday through Friday during the semester. Exceptions to this rule occur when there is a holiday, university break, or during other unavoidable situations that sometimes come up (e.g. power failure, etc.). If you send an e-mail during the week you should typically have a reply within 24 hours. If you do not receive a reply to your e-mail within a reasonable period of time please send it again. Sometimes e-mail is captured by SPAM filters, is addressed incorrectly, or just simply does not make it through. Also, check your own e-mail filters that screen out junk mail. In the past, my replies to students have sometimes been filtered out and were later located in the junk e-mail or SPAM folder.

EDTECH 533 Course Description

Produce educational video for YouTube using digital video cameras and editing software. Design and develop appropriate instructional activities that integrate online video. Examine the benefits and controversial aspects of video sharing in the classroom.

Course Outcomes

After completing this course the student will be able to

Course Location and Login Information

This is an online course hosted on the EDTECH Moodle site at: http://edtech.mrooms.org/

The Moodle login page explains how to login to Moodle. Contact Moodle Support at moodlesupport@boisestate.edu if you have problems accessing Moodle. If you have forgotten your password, click the link below the login box, "Forgotten your user name or password?" and you will be able to reset it.

After you login to Moodle look in the list of courses for a link to EDTECH 533: YouTube for Educators (FA17). Your section number (4201) will be appended to the course link. This link will be visible by the course start date. The enrollment key can be found in an e-mail sent during the week before the semester begins.

Course Materials

Software Requirements for Video Projects

Video Editing Software: Adobe Premiere Pro CC (latest version). Adobe Premiere is part of the Creative Cloud suite that you can subscribe to through Adobe (Check for student and teacher option) or through the Boise State Bookstore. Make sure you purchase the "Pro" version of Adobe Premiere and not the elements version.

Software Substitutions: The assignments for the mini-documentary are designed to work with the latest version of Adobe Premiere Pro CC. You may use different software, but there are no guarantees that the instructor can help with problems or that the software will be adequate for completing class projects that involve advanced video-editing techniques.

Hardware Requirements

Textbooks and Learning Resources (Recommendations)

No textbooks are required for this course, but here are some recommendations for books and video courses or tutorials to support your work in the course.

Internet Connection and YouTube Access

During this course you must have access to both the Internet and also YouTube (http://www.youtube.com). YouTube is blocked at many schools and some institutions, so please make sure you have a way to access YouTube from home or somewhere else to complete course assignments.

Assignments and Grades

Detailed information about assignments and how to complete them are posted in Moodle. It is important to check Moodle and your Boise State email regularly each week. Announcements and course updates can be posted at any time.


Assignment Titles and Descriptions Points
1 Educator's YouTube Channel
Create an organized collection of educational videos on your own YouTube channel.
2 Playlist Lesson
Develop a lesson plan with a playlist of videos.
3 Media Literacy Lesson
Create a media literacy lesson with YouTube videos embedded in a Google Form.
4 Vlog with Closed Captioning
Use your webcam to record a video blog (VLOG), upload it to YouTube, and add a synchronized closed-caption track.
5 Short-Form Educational Video
Create a very short educational video.
6 Mini-Documentary Storyboard
Create a storyboard outlining a mini-documentary project.
7 Media Asset Plan
Generate a collection of media assets for the mini-documentary project. Create media (images, sound, video) or find and download from the public domain or Creative Commons. Develop a media asset plan.


8 Mini Documentary
Edit the mini-documentary video project and upload to YouTube. Caption for accessibility.
9 Final Reflection Essay
Write a short essay about your experiences and what you have learned in the course.
10 Discussions
Class introductions.

Course Alignment to the AECT Standards

Course assignments are aligned to the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) Standards, 2012 version. Assignments are listed by number (based on the assignments list above) in the following table under the standard they are aligned to.

  Standard 1
Content Knowledge
Standard 2
Content Pedagogy
Standard 3
Learning Environments
Standard 4
Professional Knowledge & Skills
Standard 5
Creating 1-8 1-8 1-8    
Using 1-8 1-8 1-8    
Assessing/Evaluating 1-8 1-8 3 3  
Managing 1, 2, 6, 7 1, 2, 6, 7 1, 2, 6, 7    
Ethics     4, 5, 7, 8 4  
Diversity of Learners     4, 5, 7, 8    
Collaborative Practice       10  
Reflection on Practice       9  
Theoretical Foundations         2, 3

Grade Scale

Final grades will be based on the percentage of total course points attained. Grades may be tracked in the Grades and Joule Grader areas of Moodle. Assessment rubrics are provided in the Moodle course site for each assignment.

Grade Percentage
A 93% to 100%
A- 90% to 92%
B+ 87% to 89%
B 83% to 86%
B- 80% to 82%
C+ 77% to 79%
C 73% to 76%
C- 70% to 72%
D+ 67% to 69%
D 63% to 66%
D- 60% to 62%
F Below 60%

Submitting Assignments

Assignments are submitted online through YouTube and Moodle. Assignment information posted in Moodle will explain how and where to submit assignments.

Grading Cycle

Typically, all assignments are graded in the order of submission so that all are reviewed before the next due date. You may track your progress through the Grades area in Moodle. A message is sent out when assignments have been graded.

Late Work

Due dates: Please note that all assignment due dates fall on Tuesdays. Assignments must be submitted by midnight Mountain time on scheduled due dates. For time zone information please visit the World Clock Web site: http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/

Point deduction for late work: Ten percent is deducted for each day an assignment is late. For example, an assignment that is two days late will lose 20 percent as a late penalty.

Emergency pass: If you have a major event such as a death in the family, illness, hospitalization, or you are out of town without Internet, you may turn in one assignment under the emergency pass. This assignment may be up to one week late and still qualify for full credit. After the one week extension has passed ten points per day will be deducted until the assignment is no longer worth any credit.

Your responsibility with late work: If you will be late for any reason please e-mail the instructor on or before the scheduled due date. When the assignment is completed you must send a follow-up e-mail to let the instructor know it is ready to grade. This is how we calculate the number of days for the late work penalty. Failure to notify the instructor could lead to a grade of zero.

Please avoid end of course late work: Please note that we work under university deadlines for submitting grades at the end of the semester. If you have an assignment that is late at the end of the semester there is a chance that it might not be in on time to meet the University grade submission deadline. In this situation, there is no choice but to grade whatever has been submitted at that time and post grades regardless of the late policy above. Please try to avoid this situation.

Plan your time: Please do your best to schedule specific times to work on your assignments each week and keep the appointment with yourself. During the fall and spring semesters a three credit graduate course requires about 9 to 12 hours per week of work. It is in your best interest to start early on each assignment to give yourself time to fix technical problems or get help before the due date passes.

Technical Difficulties

It is possible to experience technical problems such as unavailability of Moodle or class files, Internet service outage, or other computer related problems such as computer drive failure. Do make the instructor aware if a technical problem prevents you from completing coursework. If a problem occurs on our end, such as Moodle or server failure, then an automatic due date extension is granted.

Reasonable Accommodations

Students with disabilities needing accommodations to fully participate in this class should contact the Educational Access Center (EAC). All accommodations must be approved through the EAC prior to being implemented.  To learn more about the accommodation process, visit the EAC’s website at https://eac.boisestate.edu/new-eac-students/

Privacy Information

This course involves both online delivery and YouTube for creation and hosting of educational projects. Please be aware that YouTube is an outside service that is not maintained or managed by Boise State University or the Department of Educational Technology. This course requires creation of a public YouTube channel where you will post assignments created in this course. Some of these will be public and can be viewed by anyone. It is also possible that your name will be visible on your public YouTube channel. It is important to note that you have control over your own privacy settings and the information you choose to post on the YouTube site. The link to your YouTube channel will be posted inside the Moodle course site as part of a class list. Your peers will be able to view the video projects posted on your YouTube channel or linked from the course site. Please do let the instructor know in advance if you have any concerns regarding your privacy or the public display of your work.

Academic Honesty

It is expected that students in this class will create original works for each assignment. We will follow the Student Code of Conduct and also observe U.S. copyright laws in this course.

Please adhere to the following guidelines:

In the event of academic dishonesty a complaint is filed with the Student Conduct Office with supporting documentation. This complaint remains on file and actions may be taken against the student (e.g., loss or credit, grade reduction, expulsion, etc.).

Policy for Incompletes

Incompletes are not guaranteed. However, when they are given they adhere to the incomplete policy for Boise State University which reads as follows:

Instructors can enter a grade of I — for incomplete — if both of the following conditions are present:

To receive an incomplete, you and your instructor must agree to a contract stipulating the work you must do and the time in which it must be completed for you to receive a grade in the class. The terms of this contract are viewable on myBoiseState under your Student Center To Do List. The contract time varies as set by the instructor, but may not exceed one year. If no grade other than incomplete has been assigned one year after the original incomplete, the grade of F will automatically be assigned. The grade of F may not be changed without approval of the University Academic Appeals Committee. As long as you have an incomplete in a class, you may not re-enroll in the class during another semester. A grade of incomplete is excluded from GPA calculations until you receive a final grade in the course. You cannot graduate with a grade of I (incomplete) on your record.

Course Schedule

Most of the course is structured in two week modules with the exception of the final module. Please note start and due dates for each module. New modules will be open and available by the start date.

*The instructor reserves the right to modify the schedule if necessary. Students are always notified of changes by email and through news posts in Moodle.

Weeks Start Due Activities
1 & 2 Aug 21 Sept 5 Module 1: Curating Educational Collections on YouTube
  • Educator's YouTube channel
  • Playlist lesson
  • Introductions and opening discussion
  • Self-assessment 1
3 & 4 Sept 6 Sept 19 Module 2: Media Literacy and YouTube
  • Media literacy lesson
5 & 6 Sept 20 Oct 3 Module 3: EDU Vlogging
  • Vlog with closed captioning
7 & 8 Oct 4 Oct 17 Module 4: Short Form Educational Video
  • Create a short educational video.
9 & 10 Oct 18 Oct 31 Module 5: Mini-Documentary Part 1 - Planning (Pre-Production)
  • Create a storyboard for a mini-documentary project.
11 & 12 Nov 1 Nov 14 Module 6: Mini-Documentary Part 2 - Acquiring Media (Production)
  • Generate a collection of media assets for the mini-documentary project. Create media (images, sound, video) or find and download from the public domain or Creative Commons.
  • Develop a media asset plan.
13, 14, 15 Nov 15 Dec 5 Module 7: Mini-Documentary Part 3 - Editing and Uploading (Post-Production
  • Create the mini-documentary video project.
  • November 20-26: Thanksgiving holiday (No classes. University offices closed November 23-24.)
  • Self-assessment 2
  • Final reflection essay

BSU Academic Calendar

Please refer to the BSU Academic Calendar for University dates and deadlines: http://registrar.boisestate.edu/academic-calendar

Graduate Catalog

Graduate Catalogs for present and prior academic years can be found online at: http://graduatecatalog.boisestate.edu/

College of Education - The Professional Educator

Boise State University strives to develop knowledgeable educators who integrate complex roles and dispositions in the service of diverse communities of learners. Believing that all children, adolescents, and adults can learn, educators dedicate themselves to supporting that learning. Using effective approaches that promote high levels of student achievement, educators create environments that prepare learners to be citizens who contribute to a complex world. Educators serve learners as reflective practitioners, scholars and artists, problem solvers, and partners.

Department of Educational Technology Mission

The Department of Educational Technology is a diverse and international network of scholars, professional educators and candidates who:

© 2017 Chareen Snelson, Ed.D.