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Most Popular YouTube Videos

doi: 10.1097/NNE.0b013e318238335f
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More than 400 colleges and universities are currently posting a variety of videos on YouTube. To assist us to better understand the significance of this social media resource, nurse educators may like to know what sites were identified as being the most popular, having the most viewers, or the greatest number of “hits.” The Chronicle of Higher Education1 recently provided this information based on YouTube “hits” from June 2010 to June 2011.

The most popular YouTube video showed a University of California (UC) Berkley graduate who had been paralyzed from the waist down before entering college walking across a stage to receive his diploma. The graduate was aided by a device developed at UC Berkley. The video received 471,000 “hits.” Commencement speeches given by high-profile celebrities ranked next in popularity. Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, and Conan O’Brien were featured in these popular YouTube videos. Robotic devices, such as a baseball-pitching machine and “Universal gripper,” were also popular. The closest thing to a traditional lecture that made the top 10 YouTube list was an explanation offered by a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) physics professor discussing whether you will get wetter running or walking in the rain. The Dalai Lama discussing compassion and respect at Stanford University was the seventh most-viewed video.

Stanford University, UC Berkley, and MIT post lectures from selected courses on YouTube. These lectures are available to the public and serve to make university resources readily accessible. The popularity of YouTube has led to the development of supportive resources for educators. YouTube will provide educators with information on how to optimize YouTube channels, statistics on user views, and suggestions related to adding metadata, creating playlists and tagging keywords.1

Since 2009, more than 125,000 videos have been posted on YouTube and more than 63,500 hours of video have been viewed.1 How useful YouTube can be to nurse educators is still to be determined. However, based on reports from YouTube and The Chronicle of Higher Education, YouTube is here to stay.


1. Wiseman R. Top 10 YouTube videos posted by colleges and what they mean. The Chronicle of Higher Education. July 5, 2011. Available at Accessed July 7, 2011

Source: Linked in Today. Top 10 YouTube Videos Posted by Colleges and What They Mean. July 7, 2011. Available at Accessed July 7, 2011.

Submitted by: Robin E. Pattillo, PhD, RN, CNL, News Editor at [email protected].

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