Friday, June 05, 2009

[mormon-chronicles] BYU YouTube ban reconsidered

Excerpts of  BYU YouTube ban reconsidered  By Emily Stone

Following the release of a new video channel by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, BYU is reconsidering the school's ban on YouTube.

The Church's "Mormon Channel" on the home page offers photos, audio feeds and videos — including a link to the official church YouTube channel "Mormon Message."

BYU limited access to some Internet sites, including YouTube, in fall 2006 in an effort to be more consistent with its mission statement. The offensive material that can be found on YouTube qualifies it to be blocked from campus.

Dale Cressman, a professor in the Department of Communications, said the department would make extensive use of YouTube.

"The ban has been a frustration and an unintended impediment to better learning," said Cressman. "Without the on campus ban, our students' learning portfolios could include online examples of their video work. This would greatly enhance our ability to assess student learning. In addition, there have been many, many times when I wanted to share with my students either a historical piece of video or a contemporary item and have been hindered."

Jenkins said if the ban is lifted, the university would expect students to continue to be prudent and careful about what they view on and off campus.

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