NYU Instructor Uses Free Online Videos to Supplement Entrepreneurship Workshop

Kathy Johnson is a teacher grant recipient for September 2012. While Kathy typically teaches courses in journalism, she has been teaching some courses in business recently and needed additional materials to help her with topics that were unfamiliar to her. She found's online videos to be just what she needed.

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Kathy Johnson, an teacher grant winner, learned about's courses through a search for videos. She was teaching an entrepreneur workshop at New York University and needed some supplemental material. Kathy works for a media company, owns her own company and minored in business in college, so she was qualified to teach the workshop, but she felt that she needed additional materials to round out her curriculum.

She let the students watch the videos at their own pace during the workshop. She said, 'I did notice they were engaged. They did pay attention to it, so that's good.' While she didn't require them to take the quizzes due to design of the workshop, she did comment on them and say, 'I thought that was a nice added value to the website.' In a full-length course, though, she said she would implement the use of the quizzes.

How Teachers Can Use's Videos in the Classroom

Since Kathy enjoyed the use of's video lessons, we asked her if she had any advice for other teachers who may use them. Kathy said, 'Use the videos to explain tougher topics that you may not be familiar with.' She was specifically addressing people in her situation. She's a journalism major who is now teaching business, an area that she wasn't 100% trained in. She mentioned that many journalism schools are adding business courses and that the teachers of these courses may not be completely trained in this area, so's lessons could be a valuable resource for them.

We also wanted to get Kathy's basic opinion of the video lessons. She said, 'I like how you've done the videos. I like that they are similar and they're very clean and basic.' As for any suggestions she had to make the videos better, she said, 'I will say, though, in a workshop setting, the reason I didn't use many more of them was because I felt if I showed them hour, after hour, after hour - they were sitting there for 8 hours for 2 days - it would get monotonous. So, you may want to occasionally not have the exact same look or same style - just to mix it up.'

How Will Kathy Use Her $1000 Teacher Grant?

As our grant winner, Kathy now gets to decide how to use the grant money. She said she wants to incorporate the money into putting more resources into the entrepreneurship courses and workshops. She even said she may write a book. She hasn't exactly figured it out what she will do, but she is positive that 'It's going right back into educational tools.'

If you won's teacher grant, how would you use the grant money? Could you use more supplies or resources for your classroom? Could a grant help you to create a better learning environment? Considering applying for our teacher grant and you could be a winner just like Kathy.

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