University of Wisconsin–Madison

Tweeting YouTube finds

Tweeting YouTube finds by John Martin

What I wanted


For the Wisconsin Experience seminar that I taught last Fall, we examined “why are we here?” (student personal expectations, community expectations of students, and community expectations of the university, etc.). We did this through a few readings (The Wisconsin Experience, “Only Connect” [PDF].

What I tried

As part of that reflection, I  assigned them the task of watching YouTube videos of university commencement speeches, which are a bit different than high school ones. It seems that high school ones tend to be more celebratory (“You are the future!”) speeches, whereas university ones are a bit more, um… sobering? (“So, now what? You think you’ll change the world?”).

Next time I would…

It worked! But next time I’d spend more time in class reflecting on it with them.

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