1 – YouTube

Top of the list in 2019 – same place as in last 3 years

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

Website: youtube.com
Cost: Free
Availability: Online

Top 100 Tools for Personal & Professional Learning 2019: 1
Top 100 Tools for Workplace Learning 2019: 3
Top 100 Tools for Higher Education 2019: 1

Past Overall Rankings

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 from some of those that selected YouTube as one of their Top 10 Tools in 2019

  • “for technical learning queries, YouTube is a great resource. I wouldn’t go anywhere else for Excel related guidance.” Andrew Jacobs, UK https://lostanddesperate.com/2019/09/04/top-10-tools-for-learning-2019/ 
  • “I don’t subscribe to Netflix and instead, I’m on YouTube nearly every day.  Hours spent viewing all sorts of different content – some educational, some fun.  However, I also have been increasing my use of it as a content creator too.  My YouTube channel is more like an online video portfolio of learning.  I capture video of what I’m doing and learning and upload these onto a playlist.  I have playlists for every project I get involved with.  I also subscribe to people who share interesting and educational content.  This year, it has been focussed a lot on my colleague Darrell Webster who has a channel sharing content on Microsoft 365 updates; learning about keto diets and looking after my back health;  exploring tutorials around creating video content.  My YouTube channel is less of a marketing tool for me and more like a portfolio – and a canvas –  for my projects.  It’s not about building a following to sell services nor building a community.  It’s simply a platform that I can house my work and my learning projects – evidence that I “exist”.  If someone gleans value from them, all power to them.” Helen Blunden, Australia http://activatelearning.com.au/2019/08/my-top-10-tools-for-learning-2/
  • “Like twitter, YouTube is awash with learning opportunities. If I read something that I’m unsure of, or don’t quite understand guaranteed I will find an ‘idiots guide’ tutorial for it on YouTube. YouTube has also made me a lot more independent as things I may have relied on others to do, I now give it a go myself.” Learning & Development Coordinator, UK
  • “This is the biggest search engine in the world. You can find anything here.” Account Manager, Netherlands
  • “For quick, just-in-time learning. Have found all sorts of videos to help with all sorts of things. Short, simple, homemade, accessible.” CEO, Australia
  • “Learning from interesting people and organization on various topics: learning, innovation, leadership, foresight, marketing.” Facilitator of Peer Learning Programs, France
  • “Millions of microlearnings (short learning nuggets up to 5 minutes), complete lectures on the widest variety of topics you can imagine (hours of learning material) and How-to screencasts, YT is a crucial and indispensable medium in learning” Digital Learning Expert, Netherlands
  • “After sifting through the noise, still a great place to find quick answers” Manager of Product Development, USA
  • “useful tool for watching instructional and fun videos alike” Digital Trainer, UK
  • “Very handy, easy to find any information and has wide range of categories.” Lecturer, Malaysia
  • “Youtube is one of the best search engine tools to learn. Everything I want to know more, I always search in Youtube to find what people are saying about it.” Knowledge Management Specialist, Brazil
  • “Accessible, easy, great format, user generated content, clarity on time commitment, easy to see what’s popular with others and make decisions about whether or not I’ll spend time with it.” Principal Consultant, USA
  • “Not much to say about this tool really except you must make sure you use it appropriately.” Curriculum Lead Manager, UK
  • “I don’t have cable. I don’t use many streaming services. I watch YouTube. Education and entertainment are blended together.” CLO, Australia
  • “Ted talks, instructions for psychomotor learning of certain topics like plumbing, computer troubleshooting” Adult Educator, Singapore
  • “Vast assortment of demonstration and example material.” Training Specialist, USA
  • “Watching and better than just hearing” Professor and Software Entrepreneur, USA
  • “I  can SEE how to do something, not just read about it. Makes learning faster.” Global Manager of Technology Learning Center, USA
  • “There are thousands of great tutorials on YouTube, videos are visual, and I can stop them to replay sections if needed.” IT Director, USA
  • “It offers a lot of good content and gives me the opportunity to create and provide my own content – what is a learning activity, too.” Learning Consultant, Germany
  • “Go to for video walkthroughs of everything from software to gardening tips. It doesn’t need my vote but it gets it.” Learning Technologist, UK
  • “Gotta love video ” Head of Learning, Australia
  • “I prefer to watch and I prefer real people talking and demonstrating things, more engaging.” Workforce Development Lead, UK
  • “Search any kind of tutorial or knowledge base and you get here.” Instructional Designer, India
  • “Live streaming, recording, and hosting on YouTube of video calls all in one easy tool” Instructional Designer, USA
  • “super useful videos for any topic” Content Marketing Manager, Germany
  • “Despite the ads, and the inappropriate feeds, YouTube closed-captions videos more accurately and doesn’t require you to contract with a third party vendor (like Vimeo does)” Assistant Professor, USA
  • “I began to turn to it in search of free music content and realized that I seriously underestimated this wonderful tool of modern educational content. I plan to actively use it in the future.” University Lecturer, Russia
  • “Still the go-to when you don’t know how to do something” Senior HRD, Japan
  • “Best video repository ever” Team Manager, Spain
  • “Lets you search for teaching videos quickly anywhere you want” College Professor, Spain
  • “I like to watch and learn” Trainer, India
  • “I like learning by example. If someone shows me what it is, how it works or how it is done, then I learn fast.”
  • “I use training videos from You Tube and sound effects in many of my training courses.” Instructional Designer, USA
  • “Free, variety in the content, interesting videos that add a little extra umph to course content. Plus, easy to send to our office of disabilities for captioning for students with hearing impairments.” Instructor, USA
  • “Great place to store and gather videos from our manufacturers for easy training” Trainer, USA
  • “Youtube makes putting videos into our LMS easier” Skills Training Coordinator, USA
  • “Use for uploading information that we have created on to our in house platform and for finding great ways to demonstrate a topic in visual and auditory format.” L&D Manager, UK
  • “Researching music, film data” Semi-retired, France
  • “Online learning, video tutorials, training” Learning Ecologies Designer, Puerto Rico
  • “A great source of expert content but also can be used for developing learner created content.” Lecturer, UK

How to use YouTube for Learning

Here you will find some simple guidance and links on how to use YouTube for teaching, training, learning and development.

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