1 – YouTube

TOP OF THE LIST IN 2021 – same place for 6 years

This video platform is both a key learning resource as well as a place for anyone to share their own video content.

Website: youtube.com
Cost: Free
Availability: Online

Ranking on the 2021 sub-lists

Top 150 Tools for
Personal Learning: 1
Top 150 Tools for
Workplace Learning: 5
Top 150 Tools for
Education: 1

Overall rankings in the previous 14 surveys: 2007-2020

2020: 1 2019: 1 2018: 1 2017: 1 2016: 1 2015: 2 2014: 3
2013: 3 2012: 3 2011: 3  2010: 3 2009: 3 2008: 18 2007: 22

Comments on YouTube in 2021

“Building my own playlists to dive deep into topics from subject matter experts. Catching with replays from webinars, talks, meetups, live Q&As I could not attend in communities I engage. Digging craft from creatives from around the world in arts. Learning from how-tos.” Rotana Ty, Learning Catalyst, France

“It’s my everything. The main tool I spend most time in and first choice to explore anything I need.” Helen Blunden, Community Manager, Australia

“This is both a tool for getting knowledge on almost everything and also a great way to share what I’ve learned.” Mark Allenby, Senior Lecturer in Social Work, UK

“Favorite place for quick self learning” Alfred Remmits, Netherlands

“easy to learn new things easy to get resources for kids learning” Kalaivani Kalaiselram, Educator, Malaysia

“Gain more ideas not only in teaching and learning field… in relaxation too by listening to musics and watch serials.” Caroline, Teacher, Malaysia

“For inspiration and good laughs, plus they have a great tool you can use to make subtitles for your videos” Lili ten Berge, Animation Editor, Netherlands

“A platform where I can keep a collection of educational videos that can be accessed by learners. At the same time, a resourceful platform with many videos that can support teaching and also for personal development as well.” Seri Salina Zakri, Instructional Designer, Malaysia

“Every person on earth uses this tool. It is a life saver, you can use it for anything.” JP, elearning specialist, Suriname

“YouTube is number one on my list because it is a tool students are familiar with and use recreationally. I use YouTube in my classroom by finding videos over the content we are covering in class and post links to it in Google Slide study sheets. Students are able to go to the slide and click on what they are struggling on and see a video on youtube from a different teacher explaining the same concept we are covering in class. I am not jealous if a student learns the content from another teacher-made video better than my instruction. I just want the student to learn.” Darren Vance, Middle School Math teacher, USA

“Simple cheap hosting of videos.” Brian Mulligan, Head of Online Learning Innovation, Ireland

“It’s a quick way of learning about a subject and letting others learn quickly about the subject.” Roberto GAlvez, Corporate Services Director, Indonesia

“Can’t deny it; I’m learning a lot from specific educational channels. High quality, super interesting topics and always engaging.” Los Berden, Blended Learning Specialist, Netherlands

“Learn anything fast. Challenge is to find the GOOD YouTubers, but once you do, their content is invaluable.” Kely McKeown, Senior Manager, Corporate Global Training and Systems, USA

“YouTube is a dangerous distraction when you’re working alone, but it’s also a friend when you need expert guidance. As well as learning how to re-grout my bathroom tiles, I’ve also caught some excellent videos from and about L&D experts. My dependence on YouTube for entertainment means that its algorithms mainly serve me cat videos and DIY tips. Playlists help filter these out, however, and I am building a personally curated collection of favourites videos to return to.” Olivia Rowland, UK

Previous comments

“No 1″ YouTube. No denying it, it’s YouTube.  I’m a subscriber to many channels and have learned SO MUCH especially during COVID.  YouTube has now overtaken Google and I search for video content more over text base content and then work backwards.  I have recently revisited learning French and have a goal to be accredited through DELF (so I’ll need some formal education) and until I take my assessments, I’m using Playlists of French channels on YouTube to help me here. I use it so much that I’m now thinking of being a subscriber so I don’t see any more ads because during COVID I noticed a massive increase in the amounts of ads they now show which is quite irritating.” Helen Blunden, Community Manager, Australia, 2020

“It’s where I look for tutorials all day long and whenever I need to learn something… anything. It’s my second source of knowledge.” Daniel Perdigão, Chief Energizer Officer, Portugal, 2020

“Simplest way to get no-nonsense, practical ways to overcome some of my tech fails and barriers. And helps me to raise my game with slides.” Dawn Sillett, Learning & Development consultant and trainer, UK, 2020

“By far the one place I keep coming back to for curated Playlists of excellent learning content” Helen Blunden, Community Manager, Australia

“I use this now more to curate what I find and share for my classes. I don’t at this point create videos for instruction, but see the benefit” Jared, Visual Art Educator, USA

“Building my own playlists to dive deep into topics from SMEs over conferences, webinars, talks, meetups, live Q&As, how-tos” Rotana Ty, Learning Catalyst. Internal Community Manager, France, 2020

“a major media source, both for entertainment and formal/informal learning” Ian Gardner, Online Learning and Development Coordinator, Switzerland, 2020

“When I need to learn something fast” Athais Fagundes, L&D Specialist, Brazil, 2020

“I kinda hate to add this because there is so much I don’t like about the platform – comments, (un)related videos, etc…but when I need to learn something like how to oil this specific chainsaw, I can find a video there of someone who is showing how to do it. That crowdsourcing is a great learning tool.” Audrey J Williams, Vice President, IT/CIO, USA, 2020

“I use it to develop skills such as photo editing where I have the option to watch tutorials and follow a range of photographers who share the way in which they work. At work we use it as a repository for recordings of Live classes.” Steve Batchelder, Learning and Development Officer, UK, 2020

“So much content. Can learn to do anything.” Learning Designer, UK, 2020

Quick Guide to YouTube 

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