Unnive: A Computer-Mediated Teaching and Learning Tool

By Greg Wientjes.

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Addressing Theme Three of the conference, Humanising Science and Technology – New Tools for Learning, this paper introduces a novel website, Unnive.org, developed by the author as a tool to humanize science and technology by making educational concepts more understandable and accessible. Unnive.org accomplishes this through computer-mediated teaching and learning. Unnive is an online repository of videos that explicate academic topics. Examples include videos explaining DNA. Furthermore, all access to Unnive.org content is free. Unnive.org, like YouTube.com, provides access to user-generated content; however, while YouTube’s content is entertainment-focused, Unnive’s content centers on academic topics. Unnive is located online at www.unnive.org, and the word "Unnive" is a variation of the term "university.” As of July 24, 2007, Unnive contains 1,497 academic videos accessible for viewing, ranging from 5 to 60 minutes in length. Analogous to wikipedia.org, Unnive.org enables people to collaboratively contribute academic videos to an immense storehouse of knowledge. Unnive.org has four functions: (1) Enable video sharing of college-level lecture videos and other intellectually (as opposed to entertainment) focused video material. (2) Permit website users to easily submit additional academic video content to the central Unnive repository. (3) Allow retrieval of these academic videos in an easily accessible and organized manner to promote self-initiated learning. (4) Support an online teaching and learning cyberspace community of Unnive.org participants to facilitate the humanizing of science and technology through greater understanding of their core principles. The author developed Unnive to provide a free, globally accessible, online university grounded in video-based academic resources. Work is underway to add content to the website and to increase the number of participants in the Unnive community. This paper discusses the background context of Internet video; models of effective learning tools on the Web and video-based resources; and outlines the characteristics of Unnive, a video-centered cyberspace learning tool.

Keywords: Internet Video, e-Learning, Online University

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 14, Issue 6, pp.111-116. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 843.957KB).

Greg Wientjes

Graduate Student, Stanford Center for Innovations in Learning, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA

Greg Wientjes is pursuing a Ph.D. degree in the Stanford Center for Innovations in Learning at Stanford University (Stanford, CA). Greg currently conducts research in the area of collaborative teaching and learning in online digital environments. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. Greg is also the cofounder and CEO of University Post, Inc., an Internet content company focused on college campuses.

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