YouTube’s “Player for Education” aims to improve interactive learning
What do you want to know
- YouTube announces its new “Player for Education”.
- This new player hopes to improve the learning experience for viewers when searching for information on the platform.
- YouTube will introduce paid or free “courses” for qualified creators in the coming year.
- Creators will also have the ability to create quizzes for their viewers that might relate to a recent video.
YouTube’s latest additions aim to better help viewers learn while watching videos on the platform.
YouTube published on its official blog the announcement of its new Player for Education. The video streaming platform seeks to “enhance the YouTube experience in educational environments” with this new player. It will be an integrated YouTube player that “displays content from commonly used educational apps without distractions.” YouTube cited a recent study that found 93% of its viewers said they use the service for informational purposes.
The YouTube Player for Education will begin offering the ability for qualified creators to produce free or paid “courses” next year. These will be in-depth and structured courses for those looking for an educational experience on a subject.
YouTube explains that viewers who purchase a course can watch it ad-free and have it play in the background. These new courses will come to the United States and South Korea in beta before the platform expands functionality to other countries.
The platform will also add a new feature that apparently expands YouTube polls. Creators will be able to use quizzes to better help students. YouTube explains that a creator can post a new quiz to their channel’s Community tab that asks viewers a multiple-choice question.
The new quiz feature will first roll out in beta in the coming months for creators with access to their Community tab for testing purposes.
YouTube says education and learning remain top priorities. Google recently expanded its Read Along feature, bringing it to web browsers for easier access. Google also hopes to use YouTube Player for Education to enhance the existing player in Google Classroom, which was also updated earlier this year to provide students with real-time feedback on answers and coaching while they work.