How often has it happened that one of your international friends from uni has shared a YouTube video on their walls which looks super hilarious or extremely interesting at the least and you click on it hoping it’s in a language you understand, and bam! There pops up a message from the bitter-sweet video portal, stating ‘This video is not available in your country’. How many of you has this happened to? I’m guessing heaps.
Being a student at Bond University automatically guarantees the fact that you will have a social circle with people from everywhere in the world. And with everyone being extremely tech-savvy, you’re probably bombarded with posts in about 4-5 different languages every single day, almost half of them being video shares, on YouTube. I’m a very social person and absolutely love learning more about different cultures and I personally feel YouTube puts a restraint on my cultural growth and enhancement by blocking videos in various countries.
They say that you learn more outside the classroom than you do in it. And that learning definitely happens via the sources we have access to in our daily lives which includes the internet. “Students with better basic Internet skills and who viewed the learning environment as promoting the use of the Internet favored using the Internet for learning.” (Hong, 2003) You can learn a lot about almost everything from YouTube, from how to open a can to how to build a boat. But if it isn’t ‘available in your country’ then how are you going to learn?
Think about it.
Hong, K. (2003). Students’ attitudes toward the use of the Internet for learning: A study at a university in Malaysia. Retrieved 2014, from http://www.ifets.info/others/journals/6_2/5.html