1 – YouTube

TOP OF THE LIST IN 2020 – same place for 5 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 2020 sub-lists

Top 100 Tools for
Personal Learning: 1
Top 100 Tools for
Workplace Learning: 4
Top 100 Tools for
Education: 1

Overall rankings in the 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 from some of those that selected YouTube as one of their top tools

“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 

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

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