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Using Youtube as an Education Environment: Examining Follower Views

Hasan Hüseyin CİHANGİR, Ahmet Naci ÇOKLAR Download Article PDF

Youtube is one of the most popular video sharing platform in the world. According to the statistics provided by Youtube in 2020, 1 billion hours of video content is watched daily on Youtube and 2 billion registered users visit Youtube per month. In education and lifelong learning, it has been seen in some studies that Youtube as a video learning tool has benefits and potential benefits with its popularity and easy access. This research is generally to evaluate the educational use of the platform with the views of those who followers (viewers) educational videos on Youtube. In this context, the research has been designed as a qualitative case study. The sample of the study is 47 people from the 2020-2021 active viewers of the "kablosuz kedi" Youtube channel, which shares educational content on the software field. The data were collected with a semi-structured interview form and analyzed with content analysis. According to the results of the research, the average daily time spent on youtube to watch educational videos is less than 3 hours. The most used platform other than Youtube is Udemy. The most frequently listed reasons for dropping an educational Youtube video were boring lecture, expertise, tone and diction of the instructor, content and education quality. The problems faced on Youtube are the excessive amount of advertisements, premium suggestions, bullying and inferiority in the comments, while the non-boring, sad and understandable speaking-lecturing, the dominance of the subject of the education, the sound and video quality, the continuing education have been the prominent expectations about the educational video. Finally, they made different suggestions for an ideal educational video duration for the participants.