Today on the YouTube blog it was reported that the service is launching an embeddable video player for educational applications, which will be free of ads, external links and recommendations. This player without YouTube recommender algorithm will be useful for teachers and students. YouTube’s recommendation algorithm has been the subject of much scrutiny and criticism for years due to its potential to provide adult content and misinformation.
The ad-free, no-recommendation player will be available to select partners, which include educational technology companies such as EDpuzzle, Google Classroom, Purdue University, and Purdue Global.
YouTube also announced new tools for educational content creators on the platform, including the ability to charge viewers for their videos. Starting next year, some creators will be able to create free or paid courses with video playlists designed for the audience. If a viewer purchases the course, they will be able to watch ad-free content and play videos in the background. Initially, these courses will appear in the US and South Korea in beta.
And another new feature from YouTube is quizzes, which creators can set up in the community tab of their channel and which will be linked to the educational content they create. The company will introduce beta quizzes in the coming months, with creators getting access to the feature next year.
In recent years, YouTube has introduced many new learning-related features on the platform, such as a $20 million fund for creators of educational videos and no-recommendation playlists on topics like math, science, and music.
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