YouTube is already a popular destination for people looking to learn a new skill or learn more about a particular topic. More educational features will be added to the platform, including a way for creators to offer structured video courses.
As a result, creators would no longer need to direct their fans to other sites or apps (such as Masterclass) that sell similar materials. Of course, YouTube would be able to take a cut of sales as well.
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According to YouTube, these courses are intended to be “in-depth, structured learning experiences.” Course creators will be able to charge for their courses or make them available for free.
Videos that are part of a paid course will not contain advertisements and can be played in the background (in other words, you can treat them like a premium podcast). Courses will be available in beta next year in the United States and South Korea. YouTube intends to expand the feature to more countries in the future.
YouTube will also roll out a feature called Quizzes to bolster educational content on the platform and possibly help people taking a course test their knowledge.
Creators will be able to add a quiz to their community tab, asking viewers questions about something they discussed in a video. In the coming months, a beta version of the feature will be available, and all creators with the community tab will be able to use Quizzes next year.
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In addition to these features, YouTube has introduced a new embedded player for educational apps. According to the company, Player for Education is free of potential distractions such as ads, recommendations, and external links.
It also stated that the player improves on the one used in Google Classroom to provide “an even better YouTube experience.” Initially, the player will be used by US edtech companies such as EDpuzzle, Purdue University, and Purdue Global.