Extra long YouTube videos

Yesterday I received this message on the uolssds YouTube account which I manage and maintain.

Congratulations! Your account is now enabled for uploads longer than 15 minutes. Click the Upload button below to select a video. I’m really wondering what I have done to deserve this? This is the only explanation I could find on the YouTube blog, which says they will “begin allowing selected users with a history of complying with the YouTube Community Guidelines and our copyright rules to upload videos that are longer than 15 minutes”. So why is my compliance with the community guidelines so exemplary?

Since October 2009 we have uploaded 73 videos themed around different elements of SSDS services, which have received 7300 views to date. You can read about a number of the projects relating to the videos on this blog. Many of which are in high definition (HD), due to there production on Final Cut. Every time I upload a video I tag it with key words and categories it ‘Eduction’. All of the videos are embedded in different parts of our website to enable them to be displayed in the context for which they were produced.

Our channel, although it doesn’t have many followers and has only been viewed just over 1000 times, it is maintained. All the necessary fields have been completed.

Although we have been granted this right, how much we will use it is a different matter. Most of our videos are learning objects that, as mentioned before, are used alongside other materials in the context for which the video was produced. As a rule of thumb, I don’t like video media content to be longer than 15 minutes, as any longer than this i believe student users will become disengaged. Something that is backed up by the findings of the IMPALA project, which carried out research in to student use of podcasts. In-fact very few of our videos go any where near 15 minutes in length.

Nevertheless I’m very grateful that we have been granted this feature. For those of you that are disgruntled you don’t have this right as yet, the blog goes on to say they will be rolling out wider overtime, so be patient your time will come.

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