Quick Quiz: Can you guess which educational features YouTube just announced?

As students return to school, YouTube is equipping classrooms with handy new features. The platform’s latest suite of educational updates includes a distraction-free player and a pair of new instructional formats: Courses and Quiz.

The so-called “Player for Education” will remove advertisements, external links and recommendations from YouTube videos. Other platforms, such as TikTok, have played around with distraction-free interfaces. Unlike those experiences, YouTube’s simplified player is designed to serve an academic purpose. It will be implemented on “commonly used educational apps”, such as EDpuzzle, Google Classroom, Purdue Universityand Global Purdue.

One of YouTube’s other new educational features appears to be a direct attempt to compete Master class. The e-learning platform has recruited influencers like Marques Brownlee to serve as celebrity instructors, and YouTube is now bolstering its own creator-to-educator pipeline. Coursewhich can be placed behind a paywall or made available for free, will allow YouTubers to break down complex topics into digestible, segmented lessons.

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Once purchased, the courses will also use a distraction-free model. Users who pay to learn a new skill will be able to remove ads from a course and listen to it in the background while using other apps.

Initially, courses are available in the United States and South Korea. “Learning a new skill, like how to code, can be so difficult – from knowing where to start to where to go next – it’s a lot for someone to do on their own, and it’s easy to get lost,” said said the creator. Jesse Chan in a YouTube blog post. “On my YouTube channel, encoder encoder, I’ve helped millions of viewers learn to code and stay motivated throughout their coding journey. I’m excited to be able to offer courses to my viewers, to help them structure their learning more evenly, provide them with exclusive content, and ultimately enable them to be even more successful in their careers. »

The latest addition to the YouTube program is Quiz. This feature, which will appear on Community tabs through the platform, will allow creators to bring their lessons home by testing the knowledge of their students. A Quiz beta test is planned for the “coming months”, with a wider rollout planned for “next year”. My prediction is that Quiz creators will be more interested in creating memes than reinforcing key concepts, but we’ll see.

YouTube was already an invaluable provider of free lessons, and as it rolls out its new updates, it is ensuring that students around the world will be able to access its educational materials. A ukrainian version of the platform’s learning destination was developed to ensure that young people displaced by war can continue their education.

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