Michael L. Wesch, an assistant professor of cultural anthropology at Kansas State University, has posted another YouTube video about how students learn. This latest one was produced with 200 of his students and is more provocative than his first video, uploaded to YouTube eight months ago, since it seems to indicate that higher education—-or perhaps just Kansas State University—-is failing to engage students.
The four-minute video features the results of a survey of students in Mr. Wesch’s Introduction to Cultural Anthropology class last spring. The students developed the survey and wrote the script. In the video students hold up placards showing their responses, on average, to several questions. The students said they complete only half of the readings assigned to them and that only a quarter of the readings are relevant to their lives. They said their average class size is 115, and that only 18 percent of the professors they have had know their names.
The video has been viewed about 65,000 times since Mr. Wesch uploaded to YouTube five days ago. —-Andrea L. Foster