YouTube for Social Learning: Teaching the Complexities of Cooperation

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Presenter: Anna Vagin, PhD
The concept of cooperation is exceptionally complex, yet it underlies academic and social success. Many students with social learning challenges struggle to understand and demonstrate cooperation in the many contexts in which it is called for. This webinar will introduce several wonderful YouTube videos in which characters demonstrate various forms of cooperation, accompanied by structured activities to support students first in talking about the characters and then in talking about themselves. Activities to build cooperative abilities will be introduced, as well as visual supports to make the learning more effective. You will walk away with ideas you can immediately use.


Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • List 4 social thinking concepts that underlie cooperation
  • Explain how cooperation is a social concept that underlies Core Curriculum Standards
  • Demonstrate two activities to accompany a selected YouTube video to teach the concept of cooperation to a student with whom they work.
  • Explain how to move a student from talking about cooperation relative to an online video to self-reflection about their own ability to cooperate.

Additional Information

This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level, Professional Area)

5 minutes:  the importance of cooperation as a social thinking concept
10 minutes: using YouTube as social learning material
5 minutes: the structure of activities – moving from discussing others to self-reflection and learning
25 minutes: using YouTube and accompanying activities with visual supports and student examples
15 minutes: open discussion, Q&A

Disclosure Statement:

Financial: Dr. Anna Vagin is a speaker for and receives royalties. She is an author and receives royalties from Think Social Publishing and CreateSpace.

Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

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