YouTube will let creators offer paid video courses next year

is already an important destination for people who want to learn a skill or learn more about a topic. The platform will add more educational features, including a way for creators to offer structured video courses. Therefore, the creators would not have to refer their fans to other websites or apps (like ) where they sell these types of materials. YouTube could also take a cut in course sales.

These courses are designed to be “deep, structured learning experiences,” according to YouTube. Creators can charge for courses or offer them for free. Videos that are part of a paid course have no ads and can play in the background (in other words, you can treat them like a premium podcast). The courses will be available in beta next year in the US and South Korea. YouTube plans to expand the feature to more countries at a later date.

To strengthen the educational content on the platform and perhaps help students test their knowledge, YouTube will also introduce a feature called Quiz. Creators can add a quiz to their Community tab where they can ask viewers about something they discussed in a video. A beta version of the feature will be available in the coming months, and all creators who have the Community tab will be able to use quizzes over the next year.

In addition to these features, YouTube has announced a new embedded player for educational apps. The company says Player for Education omits potential distractions, including ads, recommendations, and external links. It added that the player improves the one used in to deliver “an even better one”. Initially, US edtech companies such as EDpuzzle, Purdue University and Purdue Global will use the player.

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