Using Youtube with Asynchronous Teaching

Recorded video lessons are a great way to provide information to students who may not be able to participate in remote classes at the same time. Additionally, during tutorial lessons students may need to replay the information to understand the instructions, and issues with internet connectivity may prevent some students from being able to clearly understand lessons given on real-time video conversation platforms such as Google Meet. Some functions of YouTube may be specifically beneficial to certain classes.

Additional resources for recording and distributing audio/visual materials to students

Topics included on this page:
Captions and Transcripts
Interactive Video Techniques

YouTube Capabilities for Captions and Transcripts

On any YouTube video, there are auto-generated English subtitles. These subtitles are not always completely accurate, but if the audio in the video is easily intelligible and the voice is clear and not too fast, there will be enough accurate information in the generated subtitles.

This same generated text can be viewed as one transcript, and copied and saved to other documents. Easily referencing the information included in other lessons can assist in organization for both professors and students, allowing additional note-taking  and reference in later lessons without having to find specific moments by scrolling through videos.

Captions: Open the settings on a YouTube video, and select the “Subtitles” option. Select English (auto-generated). The video will now have captions.

Transcripts: Beneath the video there are a number of options such as “Share” and “Save.” To the right of these options is a menu indicated by three dots, as shown below.


Click on this menu to bring up the option “Open Transcript.”

Once the transcript appears, click on the new three-dot menu to toggle off the timecodes in the transcript.

This text can now be copied and distributed, or used for personal reference on the part of the professor.

Interactive Videos with YouTube

Cards are used in YouTube videos to prompt the viewers to open links to other sources of information, answer polls within the video, and link to related YouTube videos that can expand upon specific topics being addressed. Viewers will see the cards on screen at the designated time in the video, and can additionally view all of the cards from the video together.

Detailed instructions for various kinds of cards can be found here.

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