Last week I had the privilege of moderating a panel at Vidcon titled “Transforming Education with Online Video”. The panel was a stunning array of thought leaders in educational online video, and included Noel Waghorn, Lead Producer/Writer for the Reactions channel at the American Chemical Society, Malik Ducard, Global Head of Family and Learning at YouTube, John Green, Co-Founder of Vidcon and Vlogbrothers, Logan Smalley, Director of TED-Ed, TED Conferences, and James Tynan, VP Strategy and Operations, Khan Academy.
When I first proposed the idea, I had hoped we could get a handful of YouTube creators on the panel. But as the panel grew, it was clear we were going to approach this much more from the “big idea” perspective. As anxious as I was about the whole thing, I was most concerned that I wouldn’t have enough questions to fill a whole hour on the main stage. This was further exacerbated by the news that we were one of the panels that had been selected to be live streamed. But Jim Louderback, editorial director for the Industry Track at Vidcon, was very encouraging, and gave me the best advice: Just wind them up and let them go. These were truly thought leaders in the industry, and I absolutely knew my stuff. Back stage, as I met the panelists, and we got to talking, it was clear we would have no shortage of things to discuss. And once we were on stage, one hour flew by quickly. I didn’t get to ask half my questions and already I have new questions and ideas I want to expand upon should I get an opportunity to do this again in the future.
As I mentioned, the entire panel was live streamed and therefore a recording exists. I’ve tracked it down and made it available below.
— Raul Burriel