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

Previous comments

“Since I cut cable a few years ago, I almost exclusively watch YouTube. I subscribe to a growing list of channels for personal and professional reason.” JD Dillon, 2018

“still a great tool for learning at the desk or on the go” Dennis Callahan, 2018

“Oh, YouTube, this vast sea of strange videos but with islands of clarity as well. Mainly used for recorded talks, product tests, and sheer inspiration.” Patrik Bergman, 2018

“My number one go-to whenever I need to know how to do something.” Kasper Spiro, 2018

“This is my ‘how to’ tool. I use it for microlearning when troubleshooting tasks. I also find it extremely useful to discover and watch important talks and conference excerpts. Following specific Youtubers feeds my ‘need for information’ around my hobbies and interests.” Taruna Goel, 2018

“If it’s not on Wikipedia, it’s here”  Dan Roddy, L&D Manager, UK

“I can find a video on any subject I want to find out about”  Annette Poro, Consultant,  Belgium

“Every time I’ve search for a “How To” video, I’m amazed at not only finding a learning video but seeing multiple solutions.” Bob Schaefer, USA

“My learning and sharing videos with others. Pretty much every search starts with ‘How To’, but also using playlists and channels such as Ted and RSA.” Dan Hewitt, UK

“This one has flown up my list since I cut the cord and now find myself gorging on video content for not just fun but also inspiration.” JD Dillon, USA

“In a flipped environment, video is king and this mainstay video tool always deliver!” Maggie Verst, South Africa

“This is my tool of choice for microlearning and just-in-time performance support. I use Youtube for ‘how to’ videos and regularly watch recorded sessions from experts and influencers in the learning industry.” Taruna Goel, Canada

“I like short video nuggets for learning” Volker Langer, Germany

“Love the hands on approach with this – personally I will go here to find almost anything and love that it is video” Anon, Australia

“Providing a great space for development and expression of ideas. From conversations, panels and tutorials, YouTube enables people to come together and find information.” Anon, Australia

“I use this mainly for personal use with learning about nutrition and powerlifting techniques. Now that we have a house, I watch videos on how to create and mend things DIY. ” Anon, Australia

“Similarly to Google, there is such a wide breadth of topics covered by video tutorials with great depth in many fields of discipline. However, there is less depth in technical fields.” Anon, UK

“I use anytime I want to know how to do something in a bit more depth” Sharon Mayne

“formerly known as Google Hangouts on Air, provides a low cost, great feature option for webinars and online discussions.”  Neale Murden, Online Learning Facilitator, Australia

“Great tool in the classroom as a different resource students can receive information from other than listening to myself as the teacher talk or reading a textbook” Bethany Langley, Instructional Technology Student, USA

“I use its wealth of resources to mostly highlight key points in my lessons. It is great for entertainment too.”  Rose Ngacha Primary/Secondary Teacher, USA

“Able to learn almost anything through this video channel. Amazing!!!”  Amutha Navomoney Adult Ed Teacher, Malaysia

“point of need solutions (and YouTube video manager to create videos)”  Helen Blunden, Consultant, Australia

“You just can’t learn without it.”  Clare Thomson, E-Learning Developer, Northern Ireland

“So many great channels that teach you about almost anything”  Stefan Van De Velde, Online learning facilitator, Belgium

“YouTube is up there with Google. In fact, it’s my first choice when I need to find something.  I’d much rather watch a video IF I need to follow a process that I’m unsure about.  For example, my recent video was how to locate and edit the root.ini php file in File Manager for the cPanel of WordPress.  Now that makes me sound like I know what I’m saying. In actual fact, my developer told me that he was doing this and I dumbly agreed.  I had no idea what he was talking about so I wanted to see what he was actually doing. The same can be said if I need to learn something new and need a demonstration. On the same day, I learned how to use a drop spindle to spin some wool fibre I had lying around.” Helen Blunden, Consultant, Australia

“Watch videos related to both professional and personal topics”  Simon Phipps, Trainer/Instructor, UK

“great resource for finding creative examples and software tutorials.”  e-learning developer, USA

“still most used video platform in terms of access to recorded webinars, tutorials, etc.”  Ian Gardner, L&D Manager, UK

‘is a simple and effective way for us to host video content”  Steven Guzelimian, USA

“the easiest way to learn” Jarvey Gonzalez Romero, Trainer/Instructor, Colombia

“great for everything from tutorials on how to do sth really complex to videos on whatever relaxes me”   Annette Leeb, e-learning developer, Germany

“YouTube has become the single greatest resource for recorded musical performances, and its not even close. I think it is very important to introduce students to world class musical performances, and world class musicians on their instrument. YouTube gives me an endless library of high-quality free video recordings that I can show in class.”  Chris Johnson, Primary/Secondary (K-12) Teacher, USA

“For “how do I do …”-questions. Because who bothers with user manuals any more?”  Lars Hegemann, L&D Manager, Belgium

“I use youtube mostly to show students videos, but have recently started using it as a way for students to share videos that they have created.  Kids love youtube, so it is a great tool to get them engaged and excited.”  Stephanie Martin, Primary/Secondary (K-12) Teacher, USA

“Is there anyone who hasn’t turned towards YouTube to learn something? Just this weekend I learned how to get my pernickety lawn mower started. YouTube is also a great platform for delivering the learning videos you create.”  Mike Taylor, USA

“our channel for releasing teaser videos and for learning (Google is always a first stop also)” L&D Consultant, Australia

“Be it to learn how to make a birthday card or how to debug your work PC, there’s nothing more clear than a good YouTube tutorial” Web Producer, Luxembourg

“I know other video platforms are available and that you should never read the comments but YouTube still remains the best place to go for video content. Its sheer size is a benefit and an issue; there is most likely the content you need but to sort the wheat from the chaff takes time and focus. A tool which requires some care in its use.” Andrew Jacobs, L&D Manager, UK

“Use to store private videos that I attach to my online courses”  Sherry Hansberry-Brown, Trainer/Instructor, USA

“I go to YouTube when I want someone to explain something to me or show me how to do something, and I also share videos with others when they want to understand or learn something.”  L&D Specialist, USA

“Video tutorials for nearly everything”  L&D Manager, Germany

“Clearly the standard for video storage, curation, and retrieval of anything in a video format.”  L&D Advisor, USA

“Finding that video about how to do that one thing I’ve been meaning to learn.”  L&D Specialist, USA

“Video remains a great channel for quick learning.”  e-learning developer, Rwanda

“Probably the best visual performance support tool around.”  Charles Jennings. Consultant, UK

“Best online video storage and viewing system out there. Easy to set up an account and manage your videos.” Steve Adams,  Trainer/Instructor, UK

“Hugely useful learning resource for students to use in their own time.”  University lecturer, UK

“Seemingly endless supply of first-rate how-to videos for everything I need (from software to household maintenance to painting)”  Chris McKay, Canada

“Many important and interesting videos for classroom usage” Washington Braga, 2015
when students are interested in topics, we look up any scientific videos to help with their understanding” Theresa Corpus, 2015

“I tap YouTube for entertainment and publishing videos. YouTube also showed me what we wrong with my fridge and taught me how to create 300 dpi imagery with Photoshop,” Jay Cross, 2015

“best “how to” training tool ever” 2015

“classroom, further education and personal usage. Who doesn’t use Youtube. I love it and find many wonderful sources on this tool. It is also easy to post video with and everyone has access.” Virginia Goen, 2015

“YouTube – you can learn how to do just about anything on YouTube. From my experience many people don’t think to go to YouTube to find out how to do something in the workplace e.g. Excel. It’s great for just in time performance support, however sometimes it takes a while to find quality learning videos – it would be great if YouTube could introduce a better rating systems than just the thumbs up or down symbol for this purpose. Some clips even provide corresponding workbooks – there is some fantastic free stuff out there” Fleur Mouchemore, 2015

“YouTube is the digital ‘master’ I turn to when I’m trying to do something new and need guidance. YouTube is my ‘20’ support to help me learn through the ‘70’. Whether it’s discovering how to use some function in Excel or how to fix a laser printer, YouTube invariably offers help and guidance. YouTube is also the wonderful conduit for sharing expertise in other ways, whether it’s through TED Talks or hundreds of other video resources.  It’s pretty helpful when I’m trying to improve my musical skills, too.” Charles Jennings, 2015

“I find myself drifting to YouTube when I need to see how to do something specific, but also for the general hunt-and-peck drifting to see what I might find. There is so much of… everything! The good, the bad, and the ugly. But when I do find something great, I love that it’s there.” Ben Carmel, 2015

“first port of call for any problem” Helen Blunden, 2015
“Me gusta “ver” cómo se hacen las cosas. Soy “maker”.” Marta Toran, 2015
“our channel with videos to use in our learning platform” 2015
“never-ending collection of tutorials and shared ideas on all topics (once you get past the cat videos) …” JD Dillon, 2015
“Videos for Classroom use and flipped learning” Andreas Hofer, 2015
“Support course content, upload student-generated content” Santiago González Chávez, 2015

“great source for finding videos! Excellent search engine and love that you can add a video to ‘watch later’ list” Jennifer Smith, 2015

“to supplement lessons, especially grammar. Also to show short video clips that add dimension to history lessons and literature lessons” 2015

“Sharepoint has a help system, but I truly learned Sharepoint from YouTube. It has saved me numerous, unnecessary calls to home and computer repair services. The breadth of knowledge (and garbage) on YouTube is astounding and has something for everyone from ballroom dancing to using D3js to make online visualizations.” David Glow, 2015

“I watch videos about learning, ICT etc for inspiration and learning.” Wilfred Rubens, 2015

“great source of ‘how-to’s” Rachel Burnham, 2015

“YouTube for promotional and information videos about our course.” Linda Willis, 2014

“the standard for videos” Danny Ortegonm 2014
“great for using in the classroom for a variety of reasons” Tanya Lau 2014
“still lots of trivia, so you need to hunt out the good stuff” Stephen Dale, 2014
“great video platform with stacks of channels. I love it’s immediacy and how quickly new things can be shared” Justine Poldevin, 2014
“almost everyday helper to get information” Olga Vareli, 2014
“I haven’t posted, but I learn a TON of things here” April 2014
“video is the single most important teaching tool we have outside of a great teacher” 2014
“upload your own videos and use the annotation features to link to related content or to ask your students questions” Nicole Naditz, 2014

“view, download and upload videos” 2013
“searching for how to Natalie Raeber” 2013
“Similar to Slideshare, but there are also much more noise regarding the content on Youtube. However, there are tons of relevant learning resources on youtube which I find relevant to my daily work and life” 2013
“Learning made fun and engaging”  Akash Bhatia 2013
“I use this in class for teaching Business English – short introductions to topics such as branding; also adverts to discuss media and creative problem-solving ideas.”  Jayne Whistance 2013
“one of the quickest ways to find the answer to ‘how do I?'”  Charles Jennings 2013
“see it, know it, do it”  Paul Jacobs 2013
“Post and use educational videos”  Jason de Nys 2013
“for science the info from emerging monarchs to scaling the universe is endless”  Robin Long 2013
“you can learn about almost anything on YouTube”  Shannon Bosley 2013
“my channel for all of my video resources; ubiquitous/ students know how to use” Lyra Hilliard  2013

“great instructional videos on how to use blogs, etc.; plus lots of fun things to use to start classes and gain student attention” Sarah Davis

“You can learn almost anything on YouTube”. Henrique Rabello

“there are so many treasures waiting to be found ” Jochen Robes

“YouTube does for video what SlideShare does for presentations. There are excellent video clips online with enhance classes and training, and I love the ability to embed videos into blogs, wikis, or learning management systems” Britt Wattwood

“The ability to quickly create a small learning piece and then distribute it to thousands of people instantaneously is great for quick pieces of instruction. I embed YouTube and TeacherTube videos into wikis and blogs all the time.” Karl Kapp