Empowering Education: YouTube’s Study Hall Revolution with Hema Bajaj Misra

Explore YouTube’s Study Hall program with Hema Bajaj Misra, discussing online college courses and the future of education.

Welcome Hema Bajaj Misra:

We’re joined on the Starline by a storyteller and strategist. She’s a global programming & partnerships manager at YouTube and was ranked top 10 in the US in the Indian television dance competition “Just Dance”. Her latest project is teaming up with Arizona State University and Crash Course to create Study Hall. We welcome Hema Bajaj Misra.

Hema, let’s go Beyond the Mic. You’ve teamed up and are offering the most common 1st year college courses: English Composition, College Math, U.S. History and Human Communication. Students can watch the courses, take the tests and get college credit. Why was this idea important to you?

How was your team able to get your bosses at YouTube to not only accept this idea but want to expand accessibility to higher education?

As this collection of courses continue, what are the future goals for this program?

The Rockin’ 8:

Hema Bajaj Misra from YouTube joins us Beyond the Mic and it’s time for the Rockin’ 8. 8 random questions; answer with the first thing that comes to your mind. There is no Pressure.

1. Favorite movie that you will always watch? Remember the titans

2. Last theme park ride you went on? Disneyland Splash Mountain  

3. Favorite food you had to have for the Indian Film Festival of LA?

4. Best place on the MIT campus?

5. Book you read over and over when you were a kid? Shel Silversteen Where the sidewalk ends

6. Last TV show you binged watched? Ted Lasso

7. Favorite sport to watch? Basketball

8. Why was volunteering as a board member at Barnard Women in Entertainment important to you?

What do you see the future of learning?

One Big Question:

As you continue making a difference in people’s lives with Study Hall, what your one personal goal you must complete in the next five years?

Hema, where can people find Study Hall?

The Wrap:

She read Shel Silversteen growing up, loves Splash Mountain and will always stop to watch “Remember the Titans”. She wants you to enjoy Study Hall on YouTube. Hema Bajaj Misra thank you to take the time to talk with us today.

You are always welcome back. And that my friends is a Beyond the Mic Short Cut.

Check out Hema at her website here.

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