YouTube is already a popular destination for people who want to learn a skill or learn more about a given topic. The platform will add even more educational features, including the ability for creators to offer structured video courses and earn money. Creators will not need to direct their fans to other sites or apps (such as Masterclass) where they sell similar content. Naturally, YouTube will also receive a share of the sales.
According to YouTube, these courses are “deep structured learning”. Creators can charge for courses or offer them for free if they want. Interestingly, the videos that are part of the paid course will not contain ads and can be played in the background just like premium podcasts. The courses will first be available in beta next year in the US and South Korea. YouTube then plans to expand this feature to more countries at a later date if all goes well.
To support educational content on the platform, and possibly help people taking the course test their knowledge, YouTube will also be launching a feature called Quizzes. Creators will be able to add a quiz to their community tab and ask viewers what they discussed in the video. The beta will be available soon and all authors who have a community tab will be able to use the quizzes next year. It should be interesting.
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